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Old 08-05-2008, 11:00 PM   #1
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At SWMBO's urging, I started one. It's a simple score-based spreadsheet with a place for brief notes. Sorry, the screenshot below is a bit of an eyechart, but hopefully the idea is clear.



Who else keeps one? What do you use?

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:04 PM   #2
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At SWMBO's urging, I started one. It's a simple score-based spreadsheet with a place for brief notes. Sorry, the screenshot below is a bit of an eyechart, but hopefully the idea is clear.



Who else keeps one? What do you use?
If you wanted to e-mail me that Excel Sheet, I'd keep one for sure. What a great idea.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:05 PM   #3
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I started one a couple years ago but stopped after like the first 10 beers... I really wish I had those notes now. It would be a good way to track the changes in my beer tastes and experience. I would add a separate column, for drinkability. Not a scored column, but just a note so that 4 years down the line you can remember if you want a case or a single.

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:11 PM   #4
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I don't have the desire to do something like this. I know a lot of people use ratebeer and BeerAdvocate to write reviews and they keep track that way. I've tried a ton of beer, and I can tell you what I think of each and every one of them.

I think drinking beer is fun. If I start taking notes, I might enjoy it less. I guess it is just counter-intuitive to me. Of course I take mega notes on brewing and I love that, but when it comes to drinking, I keep it simple.

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I can appreciate that, carne. I tried to keep mine REALLY simple so that it wouldn't be a pain in the ass. I didn't want to have to write a detailed description about every aspect of the beer. I can tell you what I think of most beers, but I do sometimes forget. So, I started a journal. I may add a page for "beers to try at the next possible opportunity" - those are much harder to remember.

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:25 PM   #6
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I can appreciate that, carne. I tried to keep mine REALLY simple so that it wouldn't be a pain in the ass. I didn't want to have to write a detailed description about every aspect of the beer. I can tell you what I think of most beers, but I do sometimes forget. So, I started a journal. I may add a page for "beers to try at the next possible opportunity" - those are much harder to remember.
yeah. I noticed that your descriptions are simple. I like that. It is much less annoying than most of the beer reviews I have read.
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First post edited to include an attached spreadsheet.

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I just recently put an app on my iPhone for such purposes. I've always got my phone with me so I can take my notes and shot a pic right then and there.

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I was using a spiral notebook, ya go ahead and laugh at my last century tech. Thank you for that spread sheet Yuri. I will put it to good use.

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If I start taking notes, I might enjoy it less.
I actually think that forcing attention to what I'm doing HELPS me enjoy things. It is like smoking. Cigarette smokers puff away all day long, and do not give thought 1 to the taste, craftsmanship, care, smell, storage, or lighting method. They do not truly ENJOY their tobacco. Now when I smoke a cigar, I pay attention to every single detail and that helps me to enjoy it on a much higher level.

Just a bit kooky I guess.
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