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Old 04-30-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
Sep 2008
East Lansing
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Since I've started this "hobby," I've brewed some winners. And I've kept all my recipes on my computer. Many of these recipes were derived from this site or others with certain tweaks based on my tastes or what I had available at the time.

BUT -- a few days ago I ran into a computer issue that eventually required me to start over. I lost all my files. Including my recipes. And I didn't keep hard copies of any of them (why is there no "smilie" of someone crying?)

So, basically, don't do what I did. Be smart. Print. The trees you kill are worth the beer you'll brew.

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Old 04-30-2009, 09:34 PM   #2
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OR backup your files to multiple locations. I keep a backup drive and a couple DVD-RW's for all my recipe and brew session files. Everytime I write a new recipe I copy the file to the archive disc.

I can't keep a piece of paper for anything.

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Old 04-30-2009, 10:31 PM   #3
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Or commit them to memory.
Schlonghammer Ales
It tastes.......more fuller
I'm working as a pro now, but that doesn't mean I'm not still homebrewing. I'm going to see if I can homebrew at work as a way to develop new recipes.

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Old 04-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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Yep, what GMB said---back dem bitches up. I would cry if I lost mine. So I have them on my boot drive and then backed up on my external. I also keep them printed in a binder.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers

•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:02 PM   #5
May 2008
Oakland, California
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I keep a book as a brew journal, which keeps all info on the batches I brew, including tasting notes as they age, it's very handy.
Primary:Russian River Redemption clone, Kelly's Melomel, Graham's English Cider 22-23
Clearing:Apple Wine
Aging:Public House Dry Stout, Procrastination Porter, Mr. Brown Ale, Westvleteren 12 Clone, Mead, Duvel Clone, Graham's English Cider 6-21, Belgian Draak Strong Ale, Fig Melomel, Acerglyn, Restorative Tonic Metheglyn

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:28 PM   #6
Mar 2009
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Like Evan said mine are put into bio memory, printed and onto 6 different jump drives, plus my laptop, the office computer, and some archaic clunker with a midget and an abacus inside as a processor. But hey, at least they are baked up.

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:32 PM   #7
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I put everything in a notebook. Much handier for trips to the LHBS, while brewing, and QA sampling.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:42 PM   #8
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Mine are mostly in my memory and on one to three sites on the net. I'll never loose one again. Not that it would matter much. I know what I like and how to make it now.
Everything is better with a beer.

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:44 PM   #9
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Holly Springs, NC
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Also, once a month or so, I export all my recipes (in BeerSmith) into BeerXML and then email myself the file.

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:57 PM   #10
Jan 2009
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Better yet you should save them in the recipe section of this site. I'll back them up on my computer from there.

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