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Old 03-06-2012, 10:12 PM   #41
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This has been a fun thread to read

Lots of good suggestions here for keeping SWMBO happy. I brew in the kitchen and she doesn't mind at all, but I make sure to clean up after myself and try to leave the kitchen looking very clean.

I'm lucky mine enjoys pretty much any type of beer (like me), so she is a little easier to please when I know she'll be partaking in the final product. She tends to help me out too, especially on bottling day. It's always a plus if they want to get involved.

Some good tips here about making sure you brew something she likes every now and then, cleaning up thoroughly after you're done, and trying not to completely ignore her on brew day

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:42 PM   #42
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^ +1

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:29 AM   #43
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I make it a point to tell my wife at least a month in advance that I want to brew. Her biggest beef is that it takes 4 to 6 hours of my time leaving her with a cranky toddler half the day. Advance notice is key and then giving her the remaining free time of the weekend and I take over the parenting duties.

I also make sure to make every other batch something she likes also. Whenever possible I will take a PTO day during the week so I can brew when no one is there.

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:27 AM   #44
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I try to correspond the brew day with my wife's girl's only days. They go out and get pedicures and drink wine and the guys brew beer, talk beer, drink beer, and play video games. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:10 AM   #45
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I try to correspond the brew day with my wife's girl's only days. They go out and get pedicures and drink wine and the guys brew beer, talk beer, drink beer, and play video games. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
You got a great gig going there!
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #46
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i try to correspond the brew day with my wife's girl's only days. They go out and get pedicures and drink wine and the guys brew beer, talk beer, drink beer, and play video games. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:19 PM   #47
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Factors such as cleanup, smell, drunkenness, etc… those are just matters of domestic common sense. IOW, show her the respect she deserves & don’t be a slob, and she can’t really object to homebrewing. It’s not much different from having a passion for cooking chili, right?

Hobbies in general keep me sane. So that’s pretty much the end of the discussion in our household. Take away my hobbies and I soon become a grumpy pain in the neck.

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Do you have friends that are married? Have them over for a brew day. Brew with the husband if the wife's are not into it, make it a fun afternoon, and brewing will become part of a social fun day, a play-date as it were.
Couldn't agree more. Plus it brings them back to try the beer they helped brew. Brings a social aspect to your home life. Some times her coworkers some times out of town guests.
Tends to be fun. Just make sure to help prep the house for company.
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Clean up after yourself and make something for her pretty simple.

And people with SWMBOs need to ditch them and get with someone cool. Life is to short to spend it with a beat-down.

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Old 03-10-2012, 04:35 AM   #50
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And people with SWMBOs need to ditch them and get with someone cool. Life is to short to spend it with a beat-down.

+ infinity!

I'm a female and I couldn't agree more! Sometimes the roles are reversed but the sentiment is the same. Life is too short to spend it under the thumb of a controlling person
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