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Old 10-21-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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What information do you guys log about your beer? Can I just buy a log book? I was going to use a spiral bound notebook and divide it up, I just don't know what I should write down.


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Old 10-21-2009, 10:19 PM   #2
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I made myself a brewing spreadsheet that calculates estimated OG and FG, IBU's, mash water additions, etc. I have a space for comments as well. So my log book is all on the computer, and it includes the recipe, process, any deviations from that process, and comments



 
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:22 PM   #3
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Anything and everything that goes into your brew day should go into the log if you're keeping one and want to learn from it. Recipe, water amounts, final volumes, gravity readings, the fact that a bird pooped in the wort, whatever. I started with a notebook as well, but now use BeerSmith software.

 
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:16 AM   #4
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I'm sure that one day I will be a big boy and graduate to BeerSmith or some other fancy thing. For now, I use a simple Excel spreadsheet that stores the basics --
dates,
beer type and ingredients,
steep time (if applicable),
boil volume (with a special checkbox for boil-overs!),
boil time,
hop schedule,
chill type (ice bucket, immersion chiller, etc.),
time down to the target temperature,
Original Gravity,
Fermentation time (primary),
Fermentation time (secondary) (and racking date) (if applicable),
bottling/kegging date,
Final Gravity,
notes -- both technique notes and tasting notes. Technique notes are things like "auto-siphon just made this about 12 times easier!"

Yeah, there are about 712 other things you can log. This is enough for me, for now.

 
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:23 AM   #5
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Like most others have posted, I also keep an Excel spreadsheet for every brew.

I include the recipe and any changes (like when I can't find a certain hop variety). Also piriming info and dates. Ferm temps and how long, etc. Tasting notes, FG, OG...it will calculate approximate IBUs, etc. I also include the cost of ingredients and shipping and break it down by how many bottles I get out of that batch, etc.

Keeping it all really helps me look back and tweek things so I can hone a recipe or technique.

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Old 10-22-2009, 12:29 AM   #6
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anyone care to post one of their spread sheets... I am having some trouble getting everything on one.

I keep a notebook that I write my processes down and my recipes, but sometimes the (had some beers) writing comes out and its hard to read
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:44 AM   #7
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Honestly, I just put the relevant facts down on paper while I'm brewing.

Ingredients
Hops & times
OG
Volume

Then put in all in a google doc so I can access it anywhere

 
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:03 AM   #8
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James from Basic Brewing sell Brewers Logbooks on his website.

I think he is all out now for 2009 but I'm sure in 2010 he'll get the ones for that year in.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:09 AM   #9
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Honestly, I just put the relevant facts down on paper while I'm brewing.
Same here. Just scribble onto a blank as I brew...I don't put it into the spreadsheet until later.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:13 AM   #10
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My (very simple, very sad) log can be found here:

http://dowty.org/brew_log.xls




 
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