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Old 07-23-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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Ok here's a question for ya'll...

I brew with my six year old, even though he can't drink the finished product. Its great bonding time, and it teaches him alot about chemistry, microbiology, amongst other things. He's actually pretty good at being a helper and knows all the terms and what things do.

My question is... does anyone else make brewing beer a family event or to you all is it taboo to introduce children into making beer?

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Old 07-23-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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Not taboo at all. It teaches kids about responsible drinking. Also, for centuries before our time, children would learn their parent's craft as apprentices and such. Many old breweries have been passed down from generation to generation.

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Old 07-23-2009, 09:17 PM   #3
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My "baby" is 18 and just graduated High School. I have only been in this hobby (OK, lifestyle) since this year. My wife will help me a little if I ask but she sure will drink'em.

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I have two girls,ages 5 and 8. they are not allowed to help when the keggle is on the burner,but they do get to help. they love to help rinse the capped bottles and stick them in the box. they love to help pick hops. When they go to school they tell the teacher about daddys beer. (the school must think I am an drunk) But its fun to spend time with them and they know I love this hobby. They know for fathers day,birthdays ect. that brew stuff is what I will want. yes I try to let them help as much as I can. I tell my girls when they get better at math they can help me with my recipies. and when they get older they will be beer snobs. just let some punk pull out a case of natty lite at a party.

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My "baby" is 18 and just graduated High School. I have only been in this hobby (OK, lifestyle) since this year. My wife will help me a little if I ask but she sure will drink'em.
I can't get the wife to drink them. She see's the yeast working its magic, the krausen or occasional infection and passes it off as "moldy beer." She's the same with beef, if she see's it raw then she refuses to eat it.
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...and when they get older they will be beer snobs. just let some punk pull out a case of natty lite at a party.
This a huge reason why I am teaching him early, so he doesn't start out drinking that crap I used to drink. Back in my military days I used to drink a lot of Bud Light and Coors Light and don't want him to fall to that same shame.

Also I have the same dream that I'm sure many people on this forum have. I've at least considered starting a micro/nano brewery (as far fetched as it might be) and if that should happen, I would want him to work there.
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Until its fermenting, it's just cooking in my opinion. Measuring cups, teaspoons and a dash of this and a pinch of that. My 7 yo loves to help stir the pot while I add ingredients. It does sound a little bad when she is spilling to her teacher or day care lady.

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My 6yo son loves to help too. He likes the unfermented wort a lot, but isn't too keen on the final product. I think it's the carbonation actually, because he doesn't like soda either. I only let him have a tiny sip once, and he's refused since then. His favorite chore is sticking the labels on the bottlecaps. I don't involve him too much on brew day yet, I've got a very nuclear propane burner.

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My 13 yr old is my helper monkey on brew days. She loves it. We are setting back a bottle from each batch for her 21st birthday.
Also, she knows the difference between IPA's and ESB's, porters and stouts etc just by tasting the wort.
Knowledge is power.

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