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Old 07-08-2007, 02:48 AM   #1
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Default You started. You stopped. You started again...

I notice that a lot of folks who introduce themselves started homebrewing a while back. Stopped. Then picked it back up again. (I meet this criteria as well)

Why?

I'm STILL stutter-stepping getting going a year + later after finding HBT... I blame my SWMBO and the offspring, but that's neither here nor there. I WILL get going. I've learned more here in the last year than I EVER knew before, other crap keeps getting in the way tho...

But I'm curious as to why others brewed then took time off, then got the bug again...

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Old 07-08-2007, 02:59 AM   #2
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Started brewing.
Got job(s) that required lots of travel -- stopped brewing.
Got job where I rarely travel and often work from home (I can sometimes brew while working ) -- started brewing again.
Having kids has actually increased my brewing, as it has cut down (temporarily) on a lot of other stuff we used to do. Lots more nights at home, everyone else is in bed by 9, I'm a night owl...might as well mash in!

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Old 07-09-2007, 05:07 PM   #3
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Poor planning on a recent brew day made me not want to brew ever again. Took for freaking ever, was doing it late into the night.


Didnt brew for a month and a half and then only brewed because it is for a contest in which they gave me grains and hops to use so i felt i owed it to them.

Planned this brew day with equipment that was cleaned ahead of time and grains milled the day before.

Perfect brewday!!

Will brew again soon!

I know, not a real long absence from brewing but long enough for me.

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Old 07-09-2007, 07:16 PM   #4
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Haven't run into the problem with brewing, but I purchased a RV six years and spend a fair amount of time and money working on it. Did a lot of traveling with some friends. Moved to Oregon & have a better situation out the front door than 99% of campgrounds. Don't use the RV much, except for Brew fests, and will probably get rid of it.

If my back started being a problem again, as it was in my 40's, I'd probably have to stop brewing. I wouldn't be able to move five gallons of anything around. Hope it doesn't happen.

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Old 07-09-2007, 07:47 PM   #5
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I just kind of fell out of doing it when I graduated from college. Then I got married and my wife had been encouraging me to start again (she was interested in it or wanted me out of the way, or something). So I started again.

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Old 07-09-2007, 08:01 PM   #6
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I fell out when things with the ex fiance and work started getting in the way. One way that I solved this problem was getting rid of the fiance That and my keggerator was yelling at me from the lack of attention. Now, I am on a brewing marathon and plan on keeping it that way. The new girl seems to be ok with it!!

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I feel like I go in spurts for similar reasons to Reverend JC... Right now I haven't brewed in 3 months but I'm getting the fever again. But I know that in another 6 weeks after washing 100 bomber bottles I will start to lose it again.

Of course, it also helps if the beer is good. My last three batches were all decent brews but they were all experimental attempts at styles I don't usually drink. End result is that I don't really enjoy drinking them as much as other brews I've made.

I guess you just have to have a balance, like in all things... balance the cleaning and santizing with the tasting , balance the wild and crazy recipes with your house brews that you know you love, etc.

Then again, I've known this for a year and here I am!

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Probation?
LMAO... was that Probation or Prohibition?

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My hiatus was brought on by moving. Gave away and sold most of my equipment when I moved from the east to the west coast.

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