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Ever take a vacation day to brew?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by JUNCK, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. JUNCK

    JUNCK Aficionado (135) Washington Jan 7, 2011

    I did! Just moved into a new place, first baby is due in 2 weeks and just bought a bunch of new brew toys PLUS yeast starter is ready.

    Real work is over - fun work starts tomorrow morn.
  2. DubbelMan

    DubbelMan Aficionado (170) New York Mar 17, 2009

    Every day I can brew is a vacation day :D
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  3. cracker

    cracker Savant (395) Pennsylvania May 2, 2004

    Congrats on the upcoming baby. Word of advice, if you don't want your wife to kill you then don't brew for at least three months after the baby is born. Trust me...
  4. joshodonn

    joshodonn Savant (310) Florida Jan 21, 2011

    Well said. My son is 17 months and I've only brewed a handful of times since his birth. Prior to his arrival I brewed at least once a month.
  5. cracker

    cracker Savant (395) Pennsylvania May 2, 2004

    Our second child is due in August so I'm going to try and get in as many batches as I can before then!
  6. premierpro

    premierpro Savant (315) Michigan Mar 21, 2009

    I have left work early to brew.
  7. Crack2000

    Crack2000 Aficionado (200) Texas Dec 10, 2010

    I took a job in November that has half days every Friday. I'm able to get started on Fridays and be just about done by the time the fam gets home from school/work. Win-win. I'm brewing batch #4 for 2013 today :)
  8. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Savant (305) Iowa Jul 26, 2006

  9. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Savant (400) Virginia Feb 28, 2012

    I've thought about it. But it would be more like calling in sick then taking vacation. It seems like every Tuesday or Wednesday this winter is 50 and sunny. By the time Saturday rolls around it is in the 20's and windy.
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  10. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Savant (420) California Mar 22, 2011

    Yep. The only nice thing about graduate school is the flexible schedule, which means I can sneak in a brew day (Read cranking out 3 beers in a session) during the week while my wife is at work, so I can spend time with her and the dogs on the weekend.
  11. Vacation days, sick days and 1/2 days
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  12. dhartogs

    dhartogs Savant (350) Virginia Apr 29, 2010

    Good luck brewing with the new baby, I have a 7 week old at home and brewed once, the in-laws were visiting so we had extra hands. Also I brewed with a reliable friends, and there are times when my wife needed something asap, so I couldn't pay 100% attention to brewing as I usually do but my friend stepped in when I couldn't. Good luck and congrats with the baby.
  13. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Savant (385) Missouri Dec 29, 2005

    I've taken vacation days to brew. Especially if I had a couple extra to burn.
  14. I took a vacation day just the other day to brew a beer with a buddy for his wedding. He doesn't work a M-F like me so it was the only way to do it
  15. Gilmango

    Gilmango Savant (305) California Jul 17, 2007

    Brewing with babies and/or kids is not that hard if you can be flexible as a brewer. For instance I brew all grain for all the obvious reasons re cost and control, but to get a batch done after kids in bed I'd happily do an extract/partial mash batch. You can still brew great stuff that way in half the time (as all grain) and still save a ton of money vs. buying craft 6ers.

    If and when I do an all grain batch I put it on the family calendar / give the wife ample warning and I try to be available to help with the kids or either of them whenever I can - much of a 5-6 hour all grain session is not super active. If you can maybe prepare a great chili, stew, pasta, or bbq while brewing so dinner is taken care of you get bonus points.
  16. Ejayz

    Ejayz Savant (280) Iowa May 15, 2011

    I did last week! My coworkers asked me why I would use a vacation day to brew to which I replied " Because I can!" it was a great day to say the least.
  17. MLucky

    MLucky Savant (380) California Jul 31, 2010

    Maybe. Ever take a sick day?
  18. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (790) Texas May 21, 2010

    I'm quite concerned with the level of slacker-ness displayed here. I would have thought it to be higher. :rolleyes:

    I would take a vacation day to brew if I really needed to and couldn't otherwise find the time to brew and was running out of beer. :D
  19. Got married and quick my job, so everyday is a vacation
  20. kneary13

    kneary13 Savant (310) Massachusetts Jan 30, 2010

    congrats. i have 6 week old twin boys. and yes, i def take off days to brew. i think the best part is how empty my LHBS is during the day, as opposed to friday nights and all day saturday and sunday.
  21. JUNCK

    JUNCK Aficionado (135) Washington Jan 7, 2011

    Thanks everyone! I am thinking about taking one more day off to brew before she arrives so I'll have 10 gallons of new beer.
  22. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (790) Texas May 21, 2010

    I have been quite surprised in that even on weekdays, someone is always in the homebrew store shopping. Good to see since it's a brand new store.
  23. My newborn will be two weeks on Monday and I have brewed two batches. I.am brewing one next week as well and brew all grain. It is really all about getting your partner used to the occurrence. My passion is brewing, so I think she knows I would go nuts without it. My passion is also my kids so I am constantly giving them attention during the downtimes as well! Good luck though! It will definitely change you, but if brewing is a passion...make sure you don't leave that void in your soul! Cheers!
  24. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (405) Louisiana Dec 3, 2005

    No......never......I have stayed home sick and felt that relaxing during some hobby time would do me some good.
  25. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (790) Texas May 21, 2010

    Why waste a vacation day when you can call in sick!
  26. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Savant (415) Utah May 2, 2006

    Nope, but I'm usually brewing on National Holidays.
  27. tngolfer

    tngolfer Aficionado (215) Tennessee Feb 16, 2012

    Guilty. I took a day to play golf in the morning and brew in the afternoon. It's not a regular occurrence because I work 4-hr Fridays and can usually be almost done before my wife comes home.

    To the OP, there will be plenty of time to brew once the baby arrives. I have three kids so speaking from experience, babies sleep A LOT. You might look into extract brewing which will shorten brew day. BTW, congratulations on the new baby!
  28. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (405) Louisiana Dec 3, 2005

    I have 130ish sick days banked. And that's just the first 13 years of a 30 year career. I can only get credit for 180 when I retire in 17 years. I have some to spare.
  29. PTO day Last Thursday to brew my birthday beer. I told them I needed to "emotionally refocus myself"
  30. udubdawg

    udubdawg Advocate (505) Kansas Dec 11, 2006

    About half the vacation days I use are brew days.
  31. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Moderator (545) Oregon Aug 25, 2009 Staff Member

    I haven't ever taken a day off to brew, but I do make use of the various 3 day weekends and other holidays I have off. I have a 2 month old at home (and a 2 year old) and I have brewed 5 5 gallon batches since he was born - 4 of the 5 were 10 gallon split batches, the other I taught my wife to brew the Bavarian Hefe she loves (while taking care of both kids). One piece of advice I would give for the kid is, 2 weeks out doesn't mean you have 2 weeks, and unless you keg, you're going to be trying to clean bottles and make bottles, change diapers and bottle beer all at the same time...
  32. SenorHops

    SenorHops Savant (385) Rhode Island Aug 10, 2010

    I quit my job to brew.;)

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