One side this homebrewing hobby that can be both a blessing and a curse is the amount of time needed on brew day or preparation for brew day. Of course this time alone can be a great escape from the stresses of life. And sitting outside on a nice summer day watching my wort boil and listening to the birds sing I find downright magical.
But telling the kids, “Not now, I’m busy” can make even the most solitude-loving individual feel guilty. So facing a giant mass of equipment I needed to clean on Saturday afternoon in preparation for a Sunday brew day, I came up with a brilliant idea.
I conscripted the young helping hands I had at home, telling them I’d pay them $5/hour to help me clean my brew equipment. It was a win-win. The kids were thrilled to be earning some money to spend on whatever they wanted, they helped me get through cleaning day faster, and instead of this work being alone non-family time we were hanging out having fun listening to music and talking. Luckily, the kids weren’t up on child labor laws and the concept of minimum wage, so I think I’ll pursue this again in the future sometime.