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Old 01-04-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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I'm just starting out, and I'd like to keep logs to know what I did if things go well, but also to help when they go not so well. Do you keep logs? What are the things you log, and why? Was there ever a time that it really came in handy?

Also, just out of curiosity, where do you keep your logs? Notebook? Three-ring binder? Store-bought logbook like from basicbrewing.com? The computer?

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Old 01-04-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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I've always kept a folder with the recipes and notes and noted what I did. I used to do it on my computer but found that it was more convenient to keep the folder handy. I then grab it when I check the sg of a wine, or add something like oak to a wine. The dates and results are written in. It's not really a log though- I should get more organized than I am. The beer recipes I've done more than once have had alot less notes and a year later I'm scratching my head trying to remember what I did differently. I need to get better at taking those notes!

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Keeping a log is a very good habit. I keep all my notes in Beersmith. It has a free trial but its definitely worth buying for life...

www.beersmith.com

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Old 01-04-2008, 03:41 PM   #4
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I think most brewers do. In all the manners you listed. It's a great reference point.

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I keep a tablet near me while brewing, and note ingredients, amounts, temp. S.G. times, etc.

Then when I'm done brewing, I take my notes and type them up a log on my computer in Works. I start with the recipe, IBUs, etc. Then a log of everything I did on what day. It's kind of nice because you can make notes in the log to remind you of what you want to do when. Then after you do it, if it's not something you want to keep in the log, you can just delete that note.

Also it's handy to have them on the comp-u-tator for quick reference when I'm discussing them on the net, or researching my next on the net.

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Old 01-04-2008, 03:52 PM   #6
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I great at taking notes on brew days, Im horrible at rewriting them someplace to keep them organized.

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Old 01-04-2008, 03:57 PM   #7
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Keeping a log is a very good habit. I keep all my notes in Beersmith. It has a free trial but its definitely worth buying for life...

www.beersmith.com
Ya, me too. Beersmith has an "export to brew log" feature so you can brew the same beer again, maybe with slight changes, and have a record of every brew. I can't recommend brewsmith enough. It's a great program all around.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:57 PM   #8
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I keep notes fairly diligently as most beer parameters can only be fine-tuned by trying over and over. I used to use a note book until I found that I had a hard time finding all the important information at a glance. The notes would be rather un-organized. Since a computer doesn't work work me for keeping notes (It's not always handy when I need to jott down something) I started developing forms for my notes. one for the recipe, one for mashing/boiling, one for fermentation and the last one for misc notes. I keep them in a binder and also started creating tabled to look up things like attenuation or convert/temperature corect a hydometer reading.

I planned to updated them and make an english version, but I don't know how to add the PDF file to the Wiki or to my attachements. The file is to large to be used as an attachement to this post.

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:07 PM   #9
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I have BeerSmith, but I still keep notes in a Composition Book. It's my log book and has every beer in it since I started back brewing over a year ago.

It works great and does not suffer from accidental deletions, bad sectors, or the Blue Screen of Death.

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I also use Beersmith but print each brew sheet and take notes as I am brewing. Sometimes I even remember to go back to the recipe in Beersmith and put my notes in. Mostly, though, I have my notebook with the brew sheet tucked into it and write my notes on the sheet itself (whether I hit target gravities, volumes, PITA things that I need to watch out for next time, etc.). I keep extra notes on yeast takeoff, progress of the beer, bottling yield and tasting comments on the other pages of the notebook.

With that said, if I didn't use Beersmith I would definitely use the brewing log sheets from Randy Mosher's "Radical Brewing:" PFD Brewing Log Sheet.

The folks at www.basicbrewing.com have developed a very nice Brewers Logbook that definitely deserves a closer look. I may have to pick one of those up.

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