Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Brewing with newborns
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-15-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
Mogwai
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Voorhees, NJ
Posts: 47
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default Brewing with newborns

Yes, I know what the title implies, feel free to add appropriate jokes/puns.

Anyway, my wife is very pregnant with a due date of next Thursday (6/23). Since this is our first child, I expect life to become quite hectic with limited time for brewing (and drinking).
Luckily I have a batch (my first) in bottles, ready to be had, with a second batch ready to be bottled tonight. When do you think I can brew again? My thought was to brew as soon as possible before the baby will need more of my time (I figured the little rascal will be sleeping and eating the first few weeks).

What are your experiences with newborns and brewing? Can I squeeze in a few hours of brewing without neglecting my other duties?

__________________
Mogwai is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:23 PM   #2
ehedge20
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia
Posts: 330
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Invite your buddies over to watch the kid while they drink your free home brew. I am sure your wife will not have a problem haha.

__________________
ehedge20 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:24 PM   #3
wildwest450
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 9,099
Liked 166 Times on 151 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Too many off flavors.

Ba da bing


_

__________________
wildwest450 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:30 PM   #4
FromZwolle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: beecher, il
Posts: 8,546
Liked 50 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mogwai View Post
What are your experiences with newborns and brewing? Can I squeeze in a few hours of brewing without neglecting my other duties?
no. if you can brew when you're passed out, go ahead. babies (like chuck norris) don't sleep, they wait.
__________________
FromZwolle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:38 PM   #5
joeirvine
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Posts: 62
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

You need to get your priorities in line. Good, quality beer is way more important than the possible neglect of a baby.

On a serious note, make the wife watch her for a few hours and then you can take over and she can go and do whatever females do. You know, cook, clean, nag, and pillow fights with her friends.

__________________

"Truth is, I play hockey and I fornicate, cuz it's the two most fun things to do in cold weather"

joeirvine is offline
Ringmaster Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:41 PM   #6
JetSmooth
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1,882
Liked 43 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

I brewed one of my fist AG batched when my son was about six months, I think. Wait until family comes over or momma takes the kid on a day trip somewhere.


Now that the Turtle is a year and a half, I brew when she can take him elsewhere. Or I open the sliding door but leave the screen closed. Too hazardous for him running around.

Here's the Assistant Brewer in training.

image-2083849704.jpg  
__________________
http://smokebubbles.wordpress.com - Brewin' and 'Quein' since last Tuesday.

Bottling the Belgian: A Photo Odyssey

Beer is the mind-killer. Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my beer. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. When the beer has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
JetSmooth is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
FatMonsters
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: NY
Posts: 580
Default

The amount of brewing definitely went down for me when my wife and I had our first child last year. I normally would brew about once a month but since the birth, I've only brewed 4 times and its been 15 months.

The best advice is to ask your wife to watch the child the entire time you brew so you can concentrate on the process. I specifically asked so that I could do a batch. The other idea is to wait for the wife and child to go out somewhere, maybe like visiting her parents, and you ask to hang back to brew. Explain that you really enjoy it and need that activity.

__________________
FatMonsters is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:51 PM   #8
whalenutz
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
whalenutz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Anchorage
Posts: 258
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Just do what ever feels natural, trust me i want to but the lillte ones, yes there are two, the little ones are just to amazing to not let go, but now the youngest is almost nine months and the wiff has said when is your next brew day?!?! i dont know because i would like to finish my brew stand and my stand for my new conicals and my fermentation room, and i would love to well just brew a batch, dont get overwhelmed such as i have, just brew a batch and get ready to take a short break.


ps one more word of advice have if planing on having more, do it as soon as possible it sounds hard but the thought of afterwards not having to go through the diaper thing again is amazing!!!!


one more ps

you have your whole life to brew...

__________________
whalenutz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:51 PM   #9
ajwillys
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Holly Springs, NC
Posts: 1,315
Liked 23 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

I have a 14 month old so I'm not too far detached from this. You will have very little downtime in the first few weeks. Whatever time you're not hanging out with the baby, trying to get them to sleep, helping your wife with feeding, etc.... will be taken up with other chores that are being put off because of baby duties (taking out trash, making food, etc.. the basics). After my daughter was born, I brewed one time in the next four months. I had a long dry spell for sure but I had anticipated and stocked up. The truth is that having a baby will cause you to readjust your focus and priorities and you really won't be very concerned with brewing in a couple weeks. Brewing is an awesome hobby but hobbies in general exist to use up free time and provide fulfilment in some manner. Both of these will be accomplished by your new baby. After awhile, you'll get back into it, but don't be surprised if its a couple months.

It sounds like you're on your 3rd batch which I'm assuming means you do extract? If so, you're lucky since this takes much less time. It's much easier to find 2 hour chunks of free time. You don't drink as much at first anyway. Assuming your wife is breastfeeding (every 4 hours or so) she can't drink too much and the last thing you want is to wake up at 3 am with a hangover to a screaming baby.

After a few months, everything settles down a little and things will get more normal. Of course, you forever after have "less" free time than you do now, but you will be able to squeeze it in.... and you will relish it all the more then.

Have fun and enjoy every minute of it. It really is an awesome time in life!

__________________
ajwillys is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 05:54 PM   #10
Mogwai
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Voorhees, NJ
Posts: 47
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Hmm, sounds like what I pretty much expected... Ah well, this gives me time to get more buckets and ingredients so I can brew a couple of batches when I get the chance.

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



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All-Grain Brewing with Extract Brewing Equipment (pics) DRoyLenz General Beer Discussion 76 06-30-2014 05:53 PM
Brewing TV - Episode 30: Heretic Brewing Company TheNorthernBrewer General Beer Discussion 1 02-11-2011 02:46 PM
hook & ladder brewing co. & Southern Tier brewing starrfish General Beer Discussion 22 12-10-2009 04:46 PM
Basic Brewing Radio - German Brewing History Kaiser General Beer Discussion 8 10-30-2009 02:20 AM
Victory Brewing ~ Downingtown, PA 37 minute brewing tour video SuperiorBrew General Beer Discussion 5 01-23-2008 07:14 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS