« on: June 28, 2015, 10:30:11 PM »
Welcome aboard, you have gotten a lot more creative than I did in my first year of brewing
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Congrats! Here are my thoughts:Marshall, this was a great post. My father grew up in the family winery (really just a tavern, did not produce wine, but that's what they called it.) While I was growing up, my grandparents in his side always had a tiny wine glass for me and my sister for Sunday dinner every week as far back as I can remember. That's how my father was brought up and that's how he brought up my 4 siblings and myself. I had my wild college days, but those are long gone. As Keith noted, I probably qualify as a problem drinker medically speaking, but I usually only drink once or twice a week. I hate hangovers more than just about anything in life after those crazy college days, so I keep it responsible at all times. I did not know my father in his college days, but I can say that he is the most responsible adult drinker I have ever been around in my life. That helped shape me and I try to put that into work in my life now that I am helping raise my girlfriend's 3 children. They all got bored with helping on brew day or bottling day after about the first 3 batches I made. The important thing I see is that they see me work hard (with brewing magic) to create something I love, and I don't think they have ever seen my drinking as a potential problem in the 4 plus years that I have been around them. As a footnote, I think that it was either Alewyfe (?) Or Amanda K that said on here that SWMBO really stands for She Who. Must Brew Often. My significant other almost never helps me with brewing, but was a huge inspiration to get started in the hobby. I don't think she has ever given me any grief over brewing as long as I keep life in perspective (and our calendar!) Thanks again, great post