New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Tips on keeping the Mrs. happy




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #11
djt17
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
djt17's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Central MN
Posts: 650
Liked 32 Times on 30 Posts
Likes Given: 316

Default

I support her hobby (horses) & she supports mine (beer). Easy.



__________________
djt17 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #12
Rivenin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 2,327
Liked 144 Times on 115 Posts
Likes Given: 69

Default

i let her know when i want to brew and make sure we have nothing else to do, and i usually wake up early and clean up as i go... only thing she has complaints on is when i'm done with cleanup and leave it for a few hours to dry, but it's mostly crap givings.
other then that, i do major cleaning the night before, usually try and make her breakfast and make dinner that night as well (which i also clean up haha)

she honestly enjoys the process... as long as i don't get too out of hand talking about it, i try and keep it to a minimum of "be back in a bit, gotta go sparge" or "strike water is heating".

and i dont complain when she starts talking about hair color or new makeup



__________________
RAINYDAY BREWING AND WINERY
Southeast Portland, OR - EST 2010
Primary Straight lambic - honey mosaic wheat
Kegged Empty - Empty - Empty - Empty - Rose hip'd saison - Raspberry Chocolate Stout
Coming up 80 shilling - Schwarzbier - Bavaian Heff

Electric 120v Brutus 20

Quote:
Homebrewers are like drunk Rembrandt's... Painting the world with liquid love
Quote:
If you're getting into this hobby to save money... you have a great sense of humor
Rivenin is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #13
bmick
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 324
Liked 25 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

There are a few things I do to make this work, and we live in a 700 sq ft apt with no outdoor space, so it's WORK.

One, my SWMBO is awesome. So get one of those.

Secondly, the real thing is the time. 4 hours is my usual runtime for a standard gravity, 60 min boil. So I try to rise early on weekends and have it all wrapped up before noon while she sleeps in, then make sure the kitchen gets a very, very thorough cleaning after brewing. Nobody likes a messy kitchen.

Also, SWMBO likes certain beers, like RIS, Quads, and Trippels, so there are always some of those in the pipe. I like them too, which helps.

Lastly, It's a hobby. Treat it as such. Meaning make sure it's not higher on the priority list than things that should really matter, like family/SWMBO time, work, and drinking.

__________________
bmick is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 01:25 AM   #14
zacster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 903
Liked 17 Times on 16 Posts

Default

I always point out that the kitchen is cleaner after I brew than it ever otherwise is. Sanitized too.

She enjoys the beer as much as I do.

Make beer that she likes too.

Point out that at least you're home and not out drinking, and likely to stay home to drink your own beer.

Get her drunk too.

__________________
zacster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 02:19 AM   #15
tchfunkta
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 40
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zacster View Post

Get her drunk too.
^^ This helps big time!
__________________
tchfunkta is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 02:21 AM   #16
WoolyBooger
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 151
Liked 13 Times on 9 Posts

Default

Just invite her to help. My wife isn't exactly a beer connoisseur but she enjoys helping on brew day. But then again she goes fly fishing with me too... So maybe she is just awesome!

Seriously though, she will be more excited about the beer if she helped make it. And she will probably be less annoyed by the mess if she helped make it! Win - win.

__________________
WoolyBooger is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 02:46 AM   #17
WoolyBooger
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 151
Liked 13 Times on 9 Posts

Default

I forgot to mention that my wife also uses some of my spent grains to make delicious homemade bread. Win - win - win!

__________________
WoolyBooger is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 02:59 AM   #18
WestCoastHopper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Posts: 121
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I schedule brew days up to a month ahead in her calendar, and take our oldest child outside with me. Everyone wins. The boy plays "trucks", the wife gets a bit of a break, and I get a brew.

__________________
Tweed Curtain Brewing
Primary 1 Bee Cave IPA
Primary 2 Bee Cave IPA
Primary 3 Air
KeggedApfelwein, Air :(
Bottled Apfelwein, Da Yopper Pale
WestCoastHopper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 03:10 AM   #19
Nightstalker
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Posts: 131
Liked 17 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Also dont clean your brewing equipment better than you do the dishes. At least dont let her see you doing a better job on the brewing equipment. Next time you leave a touch of caked on spaghetti sauce on the plate, she will remind you of how your were breaking a sweat to get that "glass jar thing" squeaky clean. And it came out spotless so why not these dishes

__________________
Nightstalker is offline
40BelowBrewing Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 03:15 AM   #20
iaefebs
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
iaefebs's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: West Coast, MI
Posts: 2,611
Liked 234 Times on 169 Posts
Likes Given: 574

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I always point out that the kitchen is cleaner after I brew than it ever otherwise is.
The single worst piece of advice I have ever heard.


__________________
iaefebs is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes