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Old 01-07-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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I brewed up an IPA this past week, and my daughter was extremely interested in all the goings on. She wanted to help in every step. When we were done she was extremely proud of "our" beer and watches the airlock for bubbles. The funny part is that she is only 4 years old. I got a big kick out of having such an excited little helper, since the wife doesn't care at all (as long as I don't make a "big mess"). Just wondering if anyone else has little ones "help" them.

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Old 01-07-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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My 14 year old son is my assistant just about everytime I brew.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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Not yet. Well, not really anyway. My two are really young yet (1 and 3) and it's just too dangerous. When the 3 year is in the garage with me, he's either riding the electric 4 wheeler around, throwing/kicking stuff or hitting things with the rubber mallet. The younger one LOVES to be in the garage with me, though, and I find myself carrying him around out there a lot.

 
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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My son is 8 years old and he helps me dump the grains into my barley crusher but that's about it. I'm not too sure I want him around propane just yet.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:27 PM   #5
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My 3 year old likes to eat the barley before it's crushed. She likes to dump grain into the hopper on the mill too.

 
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:29 PM   #6
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Does anybody get the kids involved?
My kid's involvement is mainly in drinking my beer.







. . . but they're 28 and 35 years old!

 
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:41 PM   #7
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Both of my kids are sad that I don't bottle anymore. They helped by handing me the caps and by writing the letter of the beer on it after it went into the box. Now, they just show up for hop additions. At 7 and 5, they can't lift a sack of grain for sh!t...

 
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:44 PM   #8
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My 3 year old likes to eat the barley before it's crushed. She likes to dump grain into the hopper on the mill too.
+1. Bean's been going to the homebrew shop with me since she was wee little. She gets pissed when I don't let her run the drill to crush the grain. LOVES earning grain; we went to the HBS a while back, the owner offered her a cookie but instead she just wanted to chow down on some Munich malt!


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Both of my kids are sad that I don't bottle anymore. They helped by handing me the caps and by writing the letter of the beer on it after it went into the box. Now, they just show up for hop additions. At 7 and 5, they can't lift a sack of grain for sh!t...
I'm thinking Bean could. She's about to turn six, but she's strong as hell for her age (going to be daddy's little power forward, if all goes to plan ). She has no problem carrying the big sack of dog food all the way around the store for me!
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:45 PM   #9
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This was a few years ago, but he still helps out with stirring and the occasional hop addition. He does enjoy hanging out with me when I brew. Inevitably, he ends up doing something near dangerous and it's time to corral him. His little sister is less interested in the brewing process and more interested on what she can throw in the kettle.

 
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:47 PM   #10
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My 14 year old helps on bottling day, but my 18 year doesn't seem to care - too much work I guess.

 
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