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Old 11-12-2012, 06:17 PM   #31
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Cleaning is definitely the biggest help. My buddy doesn't know a mash tun from his elbow but he helps to clean and grills me hot dogs. Always worth beer!

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:25 PM   #32
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Cleaning is definitely the biggest help. My buddy doesn't know a mash tun from his elbow but he helps to clean and grills me hot dogs. Always worth beer!
So instead of finding a brew partner I should just find a chef and a busboy. Brilliant! I'm sure they're much easier to find as well!! Haha
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #33
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I feel ya, I brew with 2 other guys doing 25-30g batches and we def have our issues. Im pretty anal, OCD, and punctual, while they tend to slack quite a bit. I find myself doing a majoity of the work as well and also keeping them on task while we are brewing. It gets old, and I think we are kicking one of the guys out, he keeps no-showing on bottleing/transfer days and then he had the nerve to bitch that he is not getting enough beer for the $ he is putting in. It was the last straw and me and other guy snapped on him pretty bad. lol
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:31 PM   #34
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When my brew partner and I decided we'd invite folks to brew, we spent a month drawing up SOPs for everything from creating the starter to clean up. Not sure we'll have people over to brew, but it cuts down on the blank stared, drooling moments.

That said, I tend to do about 25% with others, 75% alone. Traveling 4 days a week makes it tough to coordinate...but it's nice to have someone to get the starter going and to keep me from building new equipment in the middle of brew days.

My SWMBO also helps out when there's something cooking related - e.g. roasting pumpkin or picking out spices for the Pumpking clone.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:40 PM   #35
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I don't ever have anybody to brew with. Sometimes I'll load my kit into the back of the car and brew at my buddy's house for a change of scenery. Sometimes I'll have my mom or my neighbors come over to drink beer and talk and keep me company. Mostly though it's just me and my music. Sometimes I think I'd like to get to brew with somebody else and see their process; mostly I'm just content to get to brew as often as I do.

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:32 PM   #36
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I've mostly stopped inviting non-brewing friends over for a beer while I'm brewing. I feel rude interrupting conversation to check on this or that. Plus, most of the time I decide on a Thursday or Friday that I'm going to brew on the weekend and most people have already made their plans. Oh well, more beer for me.

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:13 PM   #37
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Oh i hate having other people around, gets me distracted and we forget stuff. 1-2 people fine, but sometimes the wifes want to hang out, then some people stop by. Before i know it i can barely get around the garage to stop the kettle from boiling over.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:25 PM   #38
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Oh i hate having other people around, gets me distracted and we forget stuff. 1-2 people fine, but sometimes the wifes want to hang out, then some people stop by. Before i know it i can barely get around the garage to stop the kettle from boiling over.

I have one cousin that helps me brew, but when I don't need his help he leaves me alone and plays basketball in the front yard. Hes only 19 so he does not drink any of my beer either, I feed him lunch and he helps me lift heavy kettles and clean at the end of the day.

the only problem is my aunts and uncles and one cousin in particular who is the LOUDEST PERSON IN THE WORLD likes to stop by every time I'm brewing and it totally kills my brew day. Talking SOOO loud I cant think and distracting me while Im trying to brew.

i was soo distracted by her obnoxiously loud voice last time she was there while I was cleaning my draft system, i hooked up my keg of pale ale to the tap after cleaning the lines without replacing the shank first, resulting in a stream of beer shooting out of the front of my fridge across my kitchen.

 
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:22 PM   #39
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One time on my birthday my sister asked about coming over and my wife said I was busy brewing beer.

Sure enough, she came over anyway with her kids and their friends. And then they started milling around while I was trying to get stuff done. Then I felt obligated to go in and spend at least a couple of minutes opening gifts or whatever went on.

Complete PITA. I already had a friend over and didn't need the extra distraction. I'm not sure what was so all-fired important that it couldn't wait until the next day. I know she was warned that I would be very busy for several hours.

 
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #40
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For the last batches Ive been brewing with my wife, next week will be bottling her first solo batch. Is the best help Ill ever get. Im a happy man. I can brew by myself if I want to or get help if I need it.

 
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