Tracking your beers - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Tracking your beers

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-25-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
AndyC
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Somerville, Ma
Posts: 22



I know you guys all track your recipes and how they taste so you know what you want to try and change-- so how do you guys format your "write-ups" on your beers? I want to start tracking my beers (I've got copies of very basic stuff on my first ones-- but I want to get more detailed), what're the standard things you guys track?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
s3n8
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Haymarket VA
Posts: 1,172
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Beersmith... Its worth $20. Seriously.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 01:06 AM   #3
scinerd3000
 
scinerd3000's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2008
Milton, De
Posts: 2,127
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts


Composition book...staples...2 dollars. I use painters tape and a sharpie to mark whats going on directly on the carboys. Each time i take gravity, i use another peice of tape... When I'm done, i transfer the gravity readings by date, temperatures they were taken at, yeast used etc all into this book. Promash keeps my recipes and the notebook takes care of the rest.
__________________
On Hiatus: Brewing at work....

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 02:54 AM   #4
Baldy_Beer_Brewery
 
Baldy_Beer_Brewery's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Behind You
Posts: 993
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts


Not all of us track each beer. I did when I started, but it seemed like it was a hassle. I've yet (knock on wood) to have anything seriously wrong happen. And the little things that have I think I can just remember to do better on next time.

But I agree with the above poster that Beersmith is worth every penny of twenty dollars. I can certainly see where someone wanting to keep digital records of brew sessions could use it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 03:08 AM   #5
AndyC
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Somerville, Ma
Posts: 22


Quote:
Originally Posted by Baldy_Beer_Brewery View Post
Not all of us track each beer. I did when I started, but it seemed like it was a hassle. I've yet (knock on wood) to have anything seriously wrong happen. And the little things that have I think I can just remember to do better on next time.

But I agree with the above poster that Beersmith is worth every penny of twenty dollars. I can certainly see where someone wanting to keep digital records of brew sessions could use it.
I downloaded the trial version but some of it seems to have me lost. I think I have a decent grasp of the vocabulary, but some things I am essentially

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 03:12 AM   #6
Baldy_Beer_Brewery
 
Baldy_Beer_Brewery's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Behind You
Posts: 993
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts


Just play around with it. I use it to tweak recipes. However if it isn't for you, the Staples suggestion above was a good one too.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 03:32 AM   #7
AndyC
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Somerville, Ma
Posts: 22


Quote:
Originally Posted by Baldy_Beer_Brewery View Post
Just play around with it. I use it to tweak recipes. However if it isn't for you, the Staples suggestion above was a good one too.
I think I need to work my way through it. It's perfect for me because I'm wickedly obsessive compulsive about organization-- so it should work out perfectly when I understand it all.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 03:33 AM   #8
emoutal
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Ottawa, ON
Posts: 141
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I use beersmith to make recipes and tweak them, but I keep a brew log in a notebook. I write the recipe, then keep notes as I brew. Everytime I do something I add a note.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 05:40 AM   #9
alpo
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Austin, TX
Posts: 356
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts


Honestly, in the beginning, it isn't that big of a deal. There are so many variables that you aren't going to keep track of that it doesn't matter too much.

If you want to get serious about it, you will want to keep track of everything possible. Beersmith, a notebook, whatever. For a long time, I just kept appending to a text file in notepad. There's no right or wrong answer. Just keep recording everything you can and the solution will present itself.

gfd622 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2009, 05:42 AM   #10
llazy_llama
 
llazy_llama's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Rapid City, South Dakota
Posts: 2,839
Liked 90 Times on 28 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by s3n8 View Post
Beersmith... Its worth $20. Seriously.
Yep.

Just buy the damn program.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Catt22 View Post
I would never use a dead mouse in my beer. It's much better to use live ones. You could probably just steep a dead one, but live ones must be mashed. Actually, smashed and mashed would be best.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
my bar build-tracking my progress here- chainsawbrewing Kegerators & Keezers 152 10-05-2013 03:09 AM
Tracking Yeast Activity Weezknight Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 04-24-2009 02:45 PM
Tracking fermenter and keg space deadcat Brewing Software 3 02-27-2009 06:44 PM
Online Package Tracking jcarson83 General Chit Chat 2 05-27-2008 11:23 PM


Forum Jump