Life is unpredictable. Things happen, get in the way, and life’s grind can prevent you from doing what you love. I haven’t brewed in a year. Buying a new house and raising 2 children makes it challenging to find time. I know, it sounds like a bunch of excuses. I see people posting pictures of their homebrew, their setup, or keg system on social media and I think, how do they have time? I think about brewing all the time. I want to dust off all of the equipment, and find that time to brew and share my creations. So if you are in the same boat that I am, time to stop making excuses and get down to it. Here are some strategies to get up and brew!
- Commit. Do I need to say more? It’s a simple message, and the most important. You don’t have to brew weekly to find the joy. Once a month. Once a quarter. Once every six months. Hopefully not once a year, but just do it when you can.
- Get some help! Grab some buddies, and even your kids. Expose them to the nature of brewing. They can be a great help! Promise them all free beer (as long as they are 21[/disclaimer]).
- Plan ahead. Look at your calendar and tell ask your partner, “I am brewing on this day, so don’t make any plans!” Or a better approach, “Honey, I would love to brew one of your favorite beers in 2 weeks. Can you watch the kids that day?” Then, do a double batch brewing whatever off-the-wall beer you want, too.
- The KISS philosophy. With so much going on, do you really need to do an all-grain batch every time you brew? Mix it up, do a partial extract or an all extract if you’re crunched for time. Sure, you’ll sacrifice control and flavor, but you have beer to drink and share. And once you get started again, you’ll get the ball rolling for more brew sessions.
It’s been 5 years since I’ve been on a bike. It’s been 1 year since I’ve brewed beer (Anbrew). But, I remember how to do it, nothing has changed. Don’t let life get in the way of your passion, and brew your way to happiness!
The Brewthers from Homebrew School
Michale and Anbrew