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Old 03-27-2012, 05:34 PM   #111
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She's very cool about it. My buddies wife is a pretty big Nazi about it. He lives up in Bangor, Me so brewing with him is like trying to hide a cookie in bed when your 6. Makes for some good stories though.
Stories I'm sure we'd all love to hear
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #112
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i take it you don't run a business... fixed costs need to be spread out over their lifetime (or amortization period )


THAT's the way to do it! nice one
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #113
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Follow up on the shower washing: use regular Soft Scrub, and do a good job. This bit will require actual labor. THEN use the Star San, but use a mop and just cover everything over and over so you make sure it's been saturated for awhile. Then just run water in the tub and use the mop to rinse off everything. It'll stay nice for awhile. DON'T REUSE THE STARSAN FOR BREWING!

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:52 PM   #114
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I just make sure that I get most of the chores done the day before I brew, like mowing the grass, cleaning the house. This way my SWMBO is in a much better mood when I'm brewing. She normally gets involved by helping me out by stirring, grabbing a bowl, etc.

Sadly, my SWMBO doesn't like beer, but likes wine and cider, so I guess I'll have to make room in my brew schedule for a cider for her.

She has really taken an interest in my brewing after she found out that she can make bread and dog treats from my spent grain! Now, I can use it as an excuse to brew more often! She was so excited that she wants to make tons of dog treats to send to all of our friends. Plus, it makes more efficient use of the grains; they become dual purpose!

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #115
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I just make sure that I get most of the chores done the day before I brew, like mowing the grass, cleaning the house. This way my SWMBO is in a much better mood when I'm brewing.
If I'm brewing, I'm usually cooking lunch or dinner for her at the same time. It's a good way to disguise the brew mess as 'the mess necessary to make you a nice meal'.

Also find a beer she likes. I never thought I'd ever see my SWMBO ask for an IPA but I finally found one she likes. Now she is talking about how mad she'll be when the keg runs out and another isn't there to replace it.

Try Simcoe -- SWMBO loves Simcoe
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If I'm brewing, I'm usually cooking lunch or dinner for her at the same time. It's a good way to disguise the brew mess as 'the mess necessary to make you a nice meal'.

Also find a beer she likes. I never thought I'd ever see my SWMBO ask for an IPA but I finally found one she likes. Now she is talking about how mad she'll be when the keg runs out and another isn't there to replace it.

Try Simcoe -- SWMBO loves Simcoe
Yeah. She's more into the fruity stuff. I had a pale ale that had a peach note on a sample during bottling that she seemed to like. Unfortunately (for her), the peach smell faded and couldn't be tasted. I'm sure if I make a beer with some nice fruity hops and not too much bitter that she'll like it.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #117
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Our kitchen is always a wreck. When I brew the kitchen is usually left clean for once since I have to clean to use it then clean when I'm done.

One thing that helps is that I've pulled her away from Bud Light Lime and Blue Moon to drinking homebrewed pale ales.

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