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Old 09-10-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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BrewBlogger is a web-based alternative to software such as BeerSmith, ProMash, and others. Yeah, this is shameless promotion, since I'm the main developer, but I came to this forum looking for inspiration and suggestions as to what to add to it.

BrewBlogger is a free, open-source, web-based, PHP/MySQL application that stores recipes and brew sessions for online viewing and updating. It includes a suite of calculators: water amounts, strike water temperature, efficiency, priming sugar amounts, bitterness (featuring Garetz, Tinseth, Daniels, Rager formulas) force carbonation, calories, ABV, ABW, and recipe calculation. You can log your brew sessions in either U.S. or metric measurements.

What separates BrewBlogger from other software is the ability to have multiple people (like a homebrew club) use a single installation to track and log their individual brews and recipes. Essentially, it's a homebrewing content management system (CMS).

More information can be found on the website at brewblogger.net. You can test drive both the personal edition and club edition there as well.

The latest version, 2.2, incorporates a BeerXML import function (developed by Oskar Stephens) and an improved, more compliant, BeerXML export function. Additionally, it includes an update style database based upon the BJCP's 2008 guidelines.

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Old 09-11-2008, 06:04 AM   #2
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I'll have a play.

It look VERY good after a 2 minute look.



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I have been using an older version for a while and like it!
Thank you very much for your time and effort.

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First off, thanks for creating this and supporting it. I love it and hope to be able to support it with a donation soon. Thanks again!

I've been using this for a couple weeks and here are my issues.

1.) When inporting recipes from Beersmith (via BeerXML), the mash schedule does not get imported and needs to be recreated within BrewBlogger.

2.) When trying to sort your recipes by color, IBU or ABV they do not sort properly.

3.) After importing a recipe the yeast is not matched with what is in BrewBlogger properly. And there doesn't seem to be an option to manage yeast, you can manage hops, grains and adjuncts; just not yeast.

You can verify issue #2 via beer.anthonyharvey.com

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Old 09-16-2008, 01:13 AM   #5
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First off, thanks for creating this and supporting it. I love it and hope to be able to support it with a donation soon. Thanks again!
Thanks very much. This has been two years in the making...I'm still working out the kinks, so thanks for giving it a go!

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I've been using this for a couple weeks and here are my issues.

1.) When inporting recipes from Beersmith (via BeerXML), the mash schedule does not get imported and needs to be recreated within BrewBlogger.
Oskar Stephens, the mastermind behind the BeerXML import, knows about this issue. In fact, it's because of BeerSmith's quirks that the ability to import BeerXML is limited to the recipes database, which, at this time, does not have mash schedule tables.

It's on my list to expand the recipe tables to include mash scheduling. At present, they only have a "procedure" table that is a sort of catch-all.

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2.) When trying to sort your recipes by color, IBU or ABV they do not sort properly.
Unfortunately, this is a known issue that wasn't addressed in the latest release. It slipped through the cracks, so to speak. I'll get it on to the bug list. For now, the best way to get the sorting to work right, for color at least, is to add a leading zero on any SRM that is below 10 (e.g., 08.3 or something).

The IBU one is new to me. I'll look into it.

The ABV isn't new, and I need to address it. Unfortunately, since ABV is calculated by the scripting, the only DB table that can be used to sort via a MySQL query (which is what all sorting is based upon) is OG. I'll get this one back on the bug list.

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3.) After importing a recipe the yeast is not matched with what is in BrewBlogger properly. And there doesn't seem to be an option to manage yeast, you can manage hops, grains and adjuncts; just not yeast.
Yeast management is going to be in the next release. As for it not matching, I'll look into it, but the only thing the import script does is take whatever is in the source XML file and plop the text into a DB table.

Thanks a bunch for your comments. If you find any more bugs or want more features, please go to either SourceForge (under the Tracker menu) or GoogleCode to report them. Or, if the inspiration strikes you while you are using BrewBlogger, links are provided under the "BrewBlogger Help" menu from the Administration section.

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This looks suhweet - Is it by chance something that can be added to a CMS type site?

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This looks suhweet - Is it by chance something that can be added to a CMS type site?
Yes and no. At present, the program is stand-alone. That said, since the program is open-source, an enterprising someone may find a way to code an integration script or skin so BrewBlogger can be inside of, say, a Drupal installations.

That someone, however, is not me. My skillz only go so far (in fact, hard-core php programmers will cringe at my code if they dig in - I'm mostly a hack, learning as I go).
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If anyone wants to use this software on their own pc, all you will need to get is uniform server.. google it, its really nice you don't need to install, just drop the source code in www folder and run the batch file. You can then go to 78666.com - Guide to San Marcos, Texas to get to the site. I'll be running a copy on my server in a couple of days if anyone wants to use it feel free, may even adapt it a little bit to fit my liking thanks for the code.

If anyone has any questions PM me please.

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I just want to add my 2cents here - My "club" has been using this for about 2 months now and I have to say its a pretty sound blog. For those looking for a day to day type logging program, this is it. I tried other "professional" programs and to be honest this is the program for those people that need a more "casual" way to track your brewing habits and share them with other members of your group. Thanks for your hard work Geoff. I look forward to trying some of your recipes and continue to enjoy using your brewblog!
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That someone, however, is not me. My skillz only go so far (in fact, hard-core php programmers will cringe at my code if they dig in - I'm mostly a hack, learning as I go).
Its not bad, trust me I'm a software analyst and some of the code that comes accross my desk is HORRID.


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