It’s a difficult decision. I live in a small house with a giant rig, so already crunched on space making long-term storage a tough sell; I’ve got time demands of job + wife + kids; and I’ve got a climate that’s not hospitable for brewing outside 4-6 months of the year. Plus, now I’m on the radar for nosy neighbors / the fire department
I’m looking into electric brewing indoors, but it might not be reasonable for months or years. Again, the aforementioned small house issue.
I’m with you. The last winter sucked the life out of me and I haven’t brewed since last October. A similar stand sits in the garage, but I’m waiting until the bug comes back as it eventually will. I know it’s a tough decision, but I always support those who put their family ahead of themselves, and that seems to be what’s leading your decision. Props to you for that.
Just because you sell your equipment, doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the hobby entirely. Save some fermenting stuff and find someone who brews 10+ gallons to split a batch. When I eventually get back into it (probably when I finish out a space for an electric brewery in the basement) I’ll be looking for someone to take that extra five gallons off my hands. It would even be nice if I had someone to take five home with them instead of fermenting and packaging it for friends and neighbors. I know there are more guys like me out there, who have a system that makes 10+ gallons, but never drink all that beer before it starts to fad.