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Old 01-04-2008, 08:02 AM   #1
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Decided to pick up some things at the brewshop tonight for a porter and a stout. After seeing all the new stuff that I bought, my son wanted to help out. I have been trying to come up with ways the two of us can do things together, so this was a great oportunity for that. I had him weigh out the grains and help mill them (First brew with the new Barley Crusher!!!). He helped stirring during the mash in and subsequent sparges. After I put the kettle on the propane burner outside (18 deg F today) I had him measure out the hops. Thats when he learned his first lesson about watching the brewpot. Small boilover, but it was outside so it was not that big of a deal. Guess I learned thast lesson myself. Then he helped me with the wort chiller and transfer into the carboy. I had a fantastic time. He said he had fun as well, and we are planning to do a stout next week.

PS - Almost forgot, we named it J&N Porter after our initals. (Jerod & Nikolas)

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Old 01-04-2008, 02:34 PM   #2
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Good deal!! How old is he?

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Old 01-04-2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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My kids help me with my brewing process also its great. The younger (7yr old), wants to be a chef, is in charge of weighing the hops the older helps me with funnel holding and other tasks. Then once fermentation starts I get regular updates on airlock activity. They both usually help with bottling as well.

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:31 PM   #4
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That's great that the kids show an interest!

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:38 PM   #5
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My son is 2 and he is right there with me every step except for the boiling he is like my little shadow and wants to be right in there on the action I cant wait until he is big enough to do all the cleaning and sanatizing.

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Child labor...*sniff sniff* it's a beautiful thing!

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Child labor...*sniff sniff* it's a beautiful thing!
Im just waiting for the Labor Dept. to tell me I have to Pay him Min. Wage and he can only work 10 hours a week when he goes to Kindergarten.
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Both my sons (4 & 2) are very interested in brewing. They love turning the handle of the Barely Crusher, stirring the mash, and watching the boil.

I get a kick out of it. I know brewing is one of those things they will always think of when the think of Dad. I also hope to instill in them an appreciation and respect for beer (all alcohol, for that matter).

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Good deal!! How old is he?

He turns 9 at the end of the month.

Next I am going to introduce him to the bottle/carboy brushes. We will see if he still has the interest after that.
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My son is two and he is with me every step of the way. I refer to him as Assistant Jr.

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