I've been trying to convince Paul he needed a hobby for years now. Actually I've been trying to convince Paul for years that vacuuming was not a hobby. First he tried gardening. Then it was baking. Next he tried woodworking. I was pretty sure we found a winner when he tried photography, but nope nothing ever came of any of them.
What to do, what to do...? If only there was a hobby based on an activity that Paul loves. Hmm...We've already established Paul's love on vacuuming, and I sure hope there's no hobby associated with that. Paul loves to putter, um, no hobby there. What does Paul love to do? Oh, yeah! Paul loves beer. And guess what? Paul has always wanted to make beer! There you go!
So his kids bought him a pot big enough to cook his wort. Some kind, generous, thoughtful person (ahem) bought him a propane burner for his birthday, and Paul cashed in some Home Depot gift cards to cover the cost of a propane tank, and quick as wink, Bob's your uncle and Paul is making beer.
The first couple of batches he'll be using a prepackaged IPA mix just to get a hang of all the steps. Once he's comfortable with all that he'll get into the fun stuff like buying grains and hops, and making his own wort, etc., etc., etc.
Anyway, Paul mixed up the batch today, and hopefully in two weeks he'll be bottling! I'll keep you posted.