Brewing Journal or Log - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Brewing Journal or Log

Thread Tools
Old 11-17-2009, 11:27 PM   #1
Nov 2009
Posts: 29

Hey guys,

I have brewed two batches so far and haven't taken the time to take notes of everything I do while brewing. Can anyone tell me what would be some great information to keep in a brewing log while I am brewing?
5 Gallon Plastic Primary: Holiday Ale
Bottled and Ready: Northern Brown Ale, American IPA
Next Up: Acadian Ale

Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2009, 11:41 PM   #2
May 2009
Medford Oregon
Posts: 72

My brewing log contains all of the potential variables that can influence a particular batch, ie:
Ambient Temperature
Mash Temperature and time maintained for that temperature
Sparge Temperature
Any subsitutions or alterations from original recipe
The type of yeast used, whether dry or hydrated or used a starter
The OG (Original Gravity) with Temperature
Anything out of the ordinary, example a fly landed in my cooled wort, forgot to add an ingredient at the right time, etc

I bought a cheap laptop and I keep all my brewlogs in word format in a folder on my desktop and it works great.
After fermentation I take a FG (Final Gravity) and put the ABV into the log.

Hope this helps

Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
Sep 2009
Amherst, NH
Posts: 396
Liked 22 Times on 19 Posts

My log entries are generally like this:

DD/MM/YY - Batch #nn - Brew Name and Style


- malt types and amounts
- hops types and amounts, aa% and schedule
- other additives or adjuncts
- yeast strain


- water amounts, treatments, temperatures
- mashing schedule and comments
- lautering schedule and comments
- boiling schedule with hop additions
- chilling comments
- rack to primary
- record original gravity
- yeast preparation and pitching

Brew Day Comments:

- initial taste and other observations
- things you would do differently next time

DD/MM/YY - fermentation observations
DD/MM/YY - dry hoppping as necessary
DD/MM/YY - bottling day details, final gravity and taste comments

Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2009, 11:53 PM   #4

I knew I was a piker, this thread has confirmed it. All I do is hit "save" in Beersmith.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2009, 11:53 PM   #5
Sep 2009
Posts: 120

Anytime I do anything to the beer from extract/grain to bottle I make a note of it in beersmith.

Addition times during the boil, what time I pitch, when fermentation starts, temperatures, how many bottles I get, etc. I find that the act of writing things down helps me remember all the little steps I take throughout the process. My first two batches I didn't take any notes, and 1.5 months later I can barely remember the SG readings, let alone what temperatures I steeped my grains at.

I've now finished 5 batches... Each one I do something a little different, and if one turns out amazing, I want to be able to look back and see what I did that could make a difference.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2009, 11:59 PM   #6
This ain't my first rodeo....
sudbuster's Avatar
Jul 2007
Western Arkansas
Posts: 4,030
Liked 283 Times on 219 Posts

Originally Posted by Pappers View Post
I knew I was a piker, this thread has confirmed it. All I do is hit "save" in Beersmith.
I still regret the money I spent on Beersmith. With a 1 dollar calculator and a little knowledge, a pencil and pad, Beersmith is the pits.........

Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 12:02 AM   #7
Marko73's Avatar
Oct 2007
Clayton, North Carolina
Posts: 617
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

There are some great worksheets on

You can record all of the information about your ingredients, keep notes, record gravities, etc. There is one for extract as well as all grain. If you are looking for a good place to start, I would try these. . .
"It is sheer folly to be taken by the hand and led down the path of better brewing by someone who says that they know it all. No, it is your experience that counts most. It is your experience that will always lead you to more questions."

~Charlie Papazian

Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 12:04 AM   #8
BarleyWater's Avatar
Jan 2007
Armpit of Dallas (Irving), TX
Posts: 2,204
Liked 23 Times on 17 Posts

Originally Posted by Pappers View Post
I knew I was a piker, this thread has confirmed it. All I do is hit "save" in Beersmith.
I type a little bit into the notes field at the bottom sometimes, but that's all I do also.

Fermenting: Nada
On Tap:Cran Wit, Dr Pepper Dubbel, Cascadian Pale Ale, Dark Chocolate Stout, Imperial Stout, Brown Mild, Schwarzbier
On Board: IIPA

Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 12:50 AM   #9
Jun 2008
Austin, TX
Posts: 1,168
Liked 64 Times on 32 Posts

I like the forms found here.

Kegged: Belgian Dark Strong (8.9%abv)

Fermenting: Arrogant Bastard Clone, BCS Dry stout

Planned: Rye IPA, ESB, Oatmeal Pale Ale, Rye Amber

Can You Brew It Recipe Database
Convert an all grain recipe to extract
Hop Substitution Chart

Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 01:09 AM   #10
pdbreen's Avatar
Oct 2009
Mad River Valley, VT
Posts: 352
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Radical Brewing has one. But once I started using software printing out recipes/brew day instructions, I find I just write in the notes section anything of interest/key measurements that happened on brew day or during fermentation. These get slipped into page protectors and put in a 3-ring binder.

I also use masking tape that travels with the beer from primary (to secondary, if one) to keg, that tracks some of the key info as well.
Atomic Dog Brewery

On Deck: Centennial IPA, Dry Irish Stout
P: Cascade Pale Ale
S: (nothing!)
K: (nothing!)
T: Carbed Crystal Light, Root Beer, Vanilla Cream Soda, Tripel IPA, Apfelwein

e^(pi*i) + 1 = 0

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Free access to brewing journal FlyGuy Brew Science 4 03-11-2009 06:19 PM
Documentation / Beer Journal tgrier Brewing Software 10 11-08-2007 08:12 PM
My Journal FatGuy66 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 19 05-01-2007 06:29 AM

Forum Jump