Seems like a few of us are in the same boat!
This is my first post since 2008 when my little boy came along.
Got inspired about a month ago when a couple of mates started asking about doing some brewing. I decided to just get a couple of kits on as it had previously taken up a whole day to do an AG brew.
With a Coopers Stout and a Wherry kit ordered I began dusting off the old gear and was surprised to find I still had about 6kgs of 3 year old Pale Malt. I found it about 8pm and impulsively decided to do an AG brew that evening. After getting all the stuff together the mash went on about 9.30pm (started boiling the water at 9pm). I only do 60 min mash and 60 min boil and I was all finished by 1.30am, bar a couple of bits of cleaning left for the morning.
I am now enjoying a slightly young "old left overs ale" between typing. Surprisingly tasty actually, it's good to be back.
I still spent much of the evening on the sofa chatting with the mrs and my boy was obviously in bed so think I will be doing evening brews from now on. In future I will be able to start boiling water for the mash around 6.30pm, so should be done by about 11pm. I could even do it on the occasional nights she is out with the girls.