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Old 03-05-2013, 10:53 AM   #11
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If you have a dedicated room for brewing the brewing can be divided into several days.
I have one kid and do this sometimes to be able to brew on workdays.

Day 1: Measure all malt, hops and water. Bring water up to boiling and leave it well isolated.

Day 2: The water is almost prefect now for mashing in. Adjust temp and mash in.
Mash out and raise temperature to boil and leave it over night. (This kills all bugs that could be in your wort)

Day 3: Boil, cool and pitch.

Takes about 3 hours every day for me, actual brew time is less, mostly waiting. Gives me time to read bed time stories.

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Old 03-05-2013, 01:43 PM   #12
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Our kids are all grown,but weekdays & Saturday afternoons can be tricky. So I still have to plan a day where I'm sure we won't need to go to the library or run around on errands.

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You just have to make time.

BTW with only one kid (especially if your wife is planning on staying home with the baby), it's actually pretty easy. It's only *really* become hard to find time now that we have three kids, especially since my 3 1/2 yo is autistic and refuses to be confined to the open garage. I can watch the 5 1/2 yo (and he helps), but that leaves the 3 1/2 yo and the infant with my wife...

My strategy is to try to avoid weekend brewing as much as possible. I'll brew in the evenings after work, as I stay up late anyway, or I'll try to brew when my wife might have some coverage from the in-laws. Alternatively, when I have vacation days piling up at work sometimes I'll just take a day off, tell my wife "pretend I'm at work", and brew. Hell, I've even hired a babysitter once for brewing!

I got 12 batches in last year, and I've already done 3 this year.
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I don't have children but I spend a lot of time away from home (active duty military). I try to brew things that fit into my time schedule. If I have a short turn around time I make ciders and hefes. If I am going to be gone for 6 months I will make something that needs to age. If when I am home, and I don't have much time, I just buy good beer from the local brewery; I like supporting their small business and I really like drinking quality beer.
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For me the kids weren't an issue. I've only 2. Wife and I both took time as needed to help the other out (I'm sure I helped less than she did, but you know how moms love to be with the kids! )

I've learned to prepare brewday as much as possible, measuring water and grain, crushing, setting everything out, etc. Then try and brew when it's nap or night time. Extract is awesome for quick brewing too.

I think the key is to plan a time when the other person is willing to give you the time to get it done, and if something comes up, don't get mad, just adjust and try again another time. Make sure the wife is able to get her time off too.

And understand that you can go a few months without brewing. If you get a pipeline built up ahead of time you can avoid the necessity (not necessarily the desire) of brewing during the first stage of baby time. With luck it won't take long before the little one is napping for several hours without needing a persons constant care.

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