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Old 12-11-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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Default Have you brewed on and off, year / multiyear gaps..?

I wonder how many folks here have had some periods of time when they stop and did not brew, yet eventually resumed the hobby?

Repeat "offenders" (multi on-off stints)?

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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I took a good 6 months off this past summer. I didn't brew that last two months or so of the semester, and didn't brew at all at home.

Even right now I haven't brewed for over two months, and it'll be another before I do again.

I know there are some people who have taken a decade off only to come back to it. Moving, jobs, family, all other things more important that often put brewing on the back burner.

Once my life is a little more consistent I assume I'll brew more consistently.

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:25 PM   #3
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Yes there was a brewing dark ages in my history. Now I'm in my brewing Renaissance and I'm making lots of beer and the best beer I've every made.

Having babies got me off track for a few years. Also your living situation can make a big impact. I now own a house and have a good space for brewing, fermenting, kegerator, etc...

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I took nine years off. And for much of that time not only did I not brew beer...I did not drink beer. Now I drink beer everyday.

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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Yeah, I seem to lose interest in hobbies every year or so, but eventually they make a reappearance and I am back in them full speed. I took about 2 years off before this summer.

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:46 PM   #6
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I took a good 4 years off but I'm back, baby, and better than ever.

A big change was going All Grain from extract brewing. Actually feels like I'm brewing now instead of tossing things together.

*shrug*

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Old 12-11-2009, 03:16 PM   #7
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I took a few years off when my son was born. Started up again over a year ago. Went all grain and never looked back.

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Old 12-11-2009, 03:19 PM   #8
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I took 4-years ago with the birth of my first child. When I moved into my home now I have the extra space and have been at it full force since April. Don't think I will ever take more than a month off in the future.

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Old 12-11-2009, 04:50 PM   #9
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I tend to brew in clusters. Nothing for six months, then do 3-5 batches. Did a batch in March, then nothing up to September. Once it gets warm and the yellow jackets and wasps come out, brewing isn't as much fun. But, six months is the longest break I've had.

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I took a 7 year hiatus when I had some flawed batches (all my fault btw) and then moved to a rental house with no space. and i had waaay too much mead stored up and aging at that time.

now i try to brew several times a year, or monthly if I'm doing wine kits for family members.

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