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Old 03-02-2007, 07:24 AM   #1
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My number 3 son wanted to do a brew with me. Yes, he's under age and under adult supervision, but I explained what was gonna happen, stressed cleanliness, and we started from there. It was a simple extract ale, with some DME and a bit of Irish moss, nothing fancy. Basically I just pointed and he did all the work, I had the heavy lifting job. We purposlly used the glass carboy to get the visual effect and were done brewing in about 2 hours. The next morning it was bubbling nonstop, and still going. We covered it with a black sweatshirt, and let it go. I peeked in on it and he was sniffing the airlock a little bit later. He comes out and says "Dad, it smells like a good batch". Man, made my chest swell up, and throat got all tight.
If that don't beat video games and TV, I don't know what will.

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Old 03-02-2007, 12:57 PM   #2
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Great news! Truly better experience than he could have with the TV or Video games. It teaches him patience and attention to detail, and in the end he will have something to be proud of... good for the both of you!

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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I can't wait to have a son to share this with... daughter will work to . Congratz to you and your son!!

... I won't tell if you let him taste it when its done.

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:29 PM   #4
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Can't beat it. How old is he?
Is he old enough to sample it?
It does good to educate young'uns about alcohol. Making it taboo just makes them want it more. I was allowed a small glass of beer or wine with special meals when I was a youngster.


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Old 03-02-2007, 01:31 PM   #5
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I agree Orfy, and its perfectly legal in your own home under parental supervision. Not too mention, homebrew will make you respect alcohol as a complex art versus a way to get drunk.

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:56 PM   #6
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I use it as a teaching tool. Not just to respect alcohol, but also lessons in Microbiology and math. I have my son (11) do formulas and research on how the yeastys (as he calls them) do their work. It was funny that he wanted to do a paper in science of how the process works. I told him to hold off a few years and do it for a college paper when he was getting his biology degree. That way he can be a brewmaster and Daddy won't have to brew into his old age. And yes he does try a sip of what we brew. You should see him taste, swallow, breath into his mouth and out his nose and tell me what he tastes.

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Maybe when he sees all the work and patience that goes into making good beer, he won't be so apt to consume mass quantities of swill when he's in college. He'll slowly drink a fine beer and appreciate it, instead of beer-bonging three things that taste like puddle-water.

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Congrats on the Father/Son brew day, My boy is just one right now and I can't wait until we can share an experience like that. We brew together now but he mostly just likes to smack the side of the carboy and grab the siphon tube while I am racking. I have to agree with everyone here on the important life lessons to be learned from brewing, like patience and cleanliness.

The family that brews together, stays together.

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Congrats on the Father/Son brew day, My boy is just one right now and I can't wait until we can share an experience like that. We brew together now but he mostly just likes to smack the side of the carboy and grab the siphon tube while I am racking. I have to agree with everyone here on the important life lessons to be learned from brewing, like patience and cleanliness.

The family that brews together, stays together.

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My boy is a crappy assistant brewmaster. He cries, he wants snacks, and an hour in he wants to take a two hour break to take a nap! His performance evaluation is far from stunning.

He'll work out well over time, I just need to develop his job responsibilities. So far, they include "Don't touch" and "Go play in the living room". He fails at both.
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Cheese, you absolutely nailed it. Amen. I've started doing something akin to what Radar is doing with his son, in my case, it's my daughter. I figure, like Cheese, teach her to respect and appreciate good brew that it will quell her curiousity and have a well founded education on the arts of brewing. I for one, don't want my daughter "beer bonging" just because it was strictly taboo at the house. She has told me that she doesn't like beer, and I tell her that's OK. Someday she might and I'll teach her that it's OK to drink, just be responsible and know your limits. Getting stupid only makes you stupid.

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