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Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:57:52 PM »
Need some advice from brewers who are Dads of >2.  Baby #3 is coming in Feb and I’m certain that this will cause me to go on hiatus from brewing for a few months.  Question…when is it the right time to come back into brewing without me getting into some serious trouble.  My wife is very understanding of my brewing and allows me to be at the craft most weekends, so it’s possible to start early, but I don’t want to push my luck.  I’ve been a brewer for 10 years, but really hard-at-it (all grain) for 2.  Help!

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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 08:43:11 PM »
gosh, I don't know. I brewed the first post birth batch about 1.5 months after the blessed event BUT I was on baby leave at the time and the batch was for the midwife.
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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 08:45:02 PM »
Depends on your wife. Two weeks?  Maybe a month?  Whatever keeps her happy.

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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 09:52:42 PM »
I've actually brewed the most in the shortest time in the weeks after both of my kids were born while my wife was home on maternity leave.

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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 11:44:02 PM »
Don't let something like having a kid deter you from brewing! I have three daughters 6,2 and 1. It's crazy having the kids running around when you are brewing but I involve the whole family when we brew. My oldest usually gets to throw hops in when we are brewing. I try to take the stress off of my wife by keeping the kids with me. You could also try starting your brew around 7 at night like I do. Throughout the day I sterilize my equipment that way I can start brewing right at 7. Just work around having the new kid bro, don't take a break!

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2014, 03:19:28 AM »
I only have one kid so I can't speak for juggling 3. But I do have less time for me so what I've done is streamline my process. I BIAB mostly nowadays. I can knock out a 5 gallon batch on the stove top in about 4 hours. I have everything ready beforehand and clean as I go.  Sometimes I get up at 4 am and I'm done before everyone's awake. Sometimes I brew after work while cooking dinner. Sometimes it's a Saturday afternoon and I can play with my daughter during the mash and boil. If I brew on the Blichmann burner and trim the mash down to 45 minutes I can knock out a batch in about 3 hours. It's all about time management, multi tasking, and preparedness. You can do it! Good luck and congratulations!

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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014, 05:05:12 AM »
There is no "rule" that I know of.  In my case, I didn't start brewing until after our 3rd child was born.

I think I brewed my first batch after our 4th was born about 4 weeks after.  Work it out with your wife.  Be as helpful as you can post birthday and see how it goes.  Every household has their own rhythms.

I can tell you it isn't a good idea to have to leave on a business trip 6 days after your 4th kid shows up.  I still catch it for that one now and then.   ::)

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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2014, 05:28:29 AM »
I say right away, but I also say you're asking the wrong crowd.

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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2014, 07:47:27 AM »
My sister in law is demanding I have three types of wine  and at least four different beers ready for when she's done with labor...so I'm gonna go with whatever the woman who is pregnant says and not ask questions.
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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2014, 07:59:44 AM »
I didn't start brewing until my kids were in college, so I got nothin' to say but "happy wife = happy life."

I was self-employed, traveled a lot, and finished college through night classes when my kids were infants/toddlers - and my wife has always worked full-time.  The key for us was to know when one of us needed a break from the mayhem, and to give each other the opportunity to get that break.  Having my mom living nearby and happy to take the kids for an afternoon here and there helped a lot, too.

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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2014, 08:13:28 AM »
"happy wife = happy life."   



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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2014, 08:58:42 AM »
Does the wife drink beer? Brew her favorite!
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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2014, 09:02:27 AM »
Does the wife drink beer? Brew her favorite!

That's what I was thinking... My first is 6 weeks old and I have been able to brew twice already. I think it will be harder as he gets older and my wife goes back to work but my goal is not to slow down. For the first time I have come up with a brewing schedule which helps as well. If you put a brew session on the calendar weeks ahead of time it might help.
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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2014, 09:03:11 AM »
Hops increase milk production in nursing mothers!

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By the way did you know that the plural of 'midwife' is 'midwifes' rather than 'midwives' because the word comes from the german for 'with the woman' or 'with the wife'
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Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2014, 10:21:37 AM »
I took off for a couple weeks after my 1st and 2nd were born. I had the time off, so what the hell. I brewed both times. :)
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