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Old 01-31-2011, 02:38 PM   #1
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Default How do you keep your notes? Logs?

I've been trying to get all of my stuff organized in one spot, and I'm curious what methods you guys use.

How much do you just leave alone to your grey matter?

I don't leave any recipes to memory, but almost all my methods I do.



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Old 01-31-2011, 02:39 PM   #2
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i use beersmith.. before i had that, i just had an excel file with my recipes.



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Old 01-31-2011, 02:53 PM   #3
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I too use Beersmith. Prior to that it was all hand written notes in a little black journal. I still save the journal for making notes that are not specific to one beer. Such as when I calculate how many quarts per inch my boil kettle holds, that gets jotted in the journal. Everything else; Beersmith.

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(To clarify)
I know there is a notes feature to Beersmith, but I prefer being able to physically leaf through information sometimes. I may have grew up in the 90's, but I still like me some paper-books; you know? So that's the only reason my journal still exists.

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Old 01-31-2011, 02:57 PM   #5
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Prior to Beersmith I would use Google Calendar and GMail. In fact for about a year or two I still used both. I would record the brew day on my calendar and then put the recipe and any relevant notes in the entry. Then I would schedule related stuff (e.g. "Pale Ale: Rack to Secondary") and record tasting notes or gravity readings and whatnot that I took doing those tasks.

This was before they had the spreadsheet online. I think if I were to do it now, I'd do essentially the same thing, but also put links to the calendar entries in a spreadsheet that was more like the line item entries in Beersmith's Brew Log.

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I have about a hundred loose pieces of paper in a small folder. No order. All Chaos. Works great.

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Old 01-31-2011, 03:08 PM   #7
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I have a brewing journal and keep all of my recipes and notes in there. I also have all of my recipes stored in BrewPal on my phone. BrewPal is used for creating and experimenting with recipes, only the ones that actually get brewed make it to the journal.

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Old 01-31-2011, 03:12 PM   #8
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I just print out my recipe and write notes on the back as the brew day goes on. Its pretty unorganized at the moment but when I want to brew something again I have my chicken scratch to look back on. I really need to get a binder to put them in.

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I have just started my brew log. My sister-in-law is a librarian and LOVES giving books as gifts, oddly none that are asked for, just really odd ones. Well she gave me a 3-ring binder with dividers, along with the log sheets that she hole punched to to fit the binder. There are also some full page "sleeves" in case of a spill.

brew log sheet from here:

http://www.brew-dudes.com/brewing-log-sheet/109

If you click on the link in the middle of the page called: Brewing Logsheet you can DL a copy.

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I'll print out a sheet with the recipe note mash times & temps, efficiency, hop additions, boil length, OG and FG and soon PH readings all over the margins of the page. I sometimes add tasting notes later. I just spend enough time on the computer during the week. I just can't do much more computer time on the weekend brew day (except for here and some brew calc sites).



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