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Offline jeffy

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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2020, 03:54:27 pm »
Sometimes I just want to brew and not answer a bunch of questions.
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2020, 03:55:10 pm »
Definitely solo. I don't want someone over at my house for 5 hours.

I like to start the boil on a weekend afternoon at three, add bittering hops, then go to the bar for a couple of pints. Come home 1.5 to 2 hours later, at later additions and finish up in 15 minutes. That has only bitten my a$$ a couple of times, when the propane runs out or if the wind comes up and snuffs out the flame. 

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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2020, 05:23:56 pm »
Having time is not an issue with us, as we are all airline pilots with very flexible schedules. Can pilots make good beer? Absolutely!

Yes, an extra set of hands is nice. My wife offered to help out yesterday as she prefers that I brew solo. Makes less cleanup for her when it's all over.

Why should she have any clean-up to do on your brew day?

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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2020, 06:26:57 pm »
Having time is not an issue with us, as we are all airline pilots with very flexible schedules. Can pilots make good beer? Absolutely!

Yes, an extra set of hands is nice. My wife offered to help out yesterday as she prefers that I brew solo. Makes less cleanup for her when it's all over.

Why should she have any clean-up to do on your brew day?

It's a long story, and no need to go into detail here. Suffice it to say she cleans up all of the areas where my friends have been, starting with the bathrooms.
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2020, 07:06:51 pm »
This year has been all solo brewing. Previously I would have one, or at most 2, assistants on some brews. I have one who has helped me many times and knows what to do without causing any distractions. If I have another person I use those 2 to entertain each other while I focus on the brewing.

I generally brew on a day when my wife works and the goal is to get everything finished and cleaned up by the time she gets home, so the only clue that it was a brew day is the smell. The absolute worst case would be for her to come home and find me mopping the floor or wiping down the cabinets. I occasionally have to do one or both but she never knows.
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2020, 03:59:47 am »
I brew with my wife


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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #36 on: November 03, 2020, 09:20:32 am »
The friends that brew with me are novice / rookie brewers. So they follow my guide as to what to do, and when to do it.
Not a problem really.
My wife is willing to help, but much of the brewing process is a solo-act.
The clean up is where you benefit from extra hands to assist.
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #37 on: November 03, 2020, 10:38:55 am »
95% of my brewing is alone - minus the dog pack and they wander in and out to make sure I haven't dropped any food. The once or twice a year that I brew with others is less about making beer and more about having fun with other like minded knuckleheads.
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #38 on: November 03, 2020, 11:45:40 am »
Mostly brewing solo and listening to the radio.  More things go wrong when group brewing and I prefer to make mistakes while not being watched.

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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #39 on: November 03, 2020, 02:19:59 pm »
I brew alone.  The only time anyone else is there is when I'm teaching someone to brew.
My day starts the night before prepping water and then resumes around 5AM the next morning.  I brew two beers each day I get to brew, so it is a very busy/long day and isn't conducive to being a social event.

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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2020, 08:32:03 am »
I brew with my wife


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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #41 on: November 06, 2020, 02:25:43 pm »
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2020, 03:21:49 pm »
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #43 on: November 07, 2020, 09:26:39 am »
Solo, although sometimes people walking by are curious.  Usually get asked, what are you cooking?  When I answer beer, get some puzzled looks.  :)
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Re: Brewing with friends, or brewing solo?
« Reply #44 on: November 07, 2020, 09:28:57 am »
Like the name HighVoltageMan

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Thanks. A line cook at a local greasy spoon gave me the nickname. Myself and my work buddies would go in the for breakfast on occasion and he saw we worked for the local electric utility and he would say hello by shouting out “ hey high voltage man!” Best nickname anyone ever gave me.
I'm gonna have to change my name to mediumvoltageman! J/k

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