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Old 04-24-2012, 12:49 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I am hoping to get a feeling of what the minimum you like to track in your log book. On one end of the spectrum you could just track OG, FG, ABV, Ingredients, and Steps. On the other end you could track everything under the sun like BeerSmith allows you to do.

I'm personally starting by tracking just OG, FG, ABV, Ingredients and Steps.

How about you?

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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grain bill, mash temp, final taste, errors in process, transfer dates

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Old 04-24-2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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If you are doing all grain out doors, it is helpful to also keep track of the air temp and the temp of the strike water. That way you can make better predictions on the strike water temp to hit your mash temp.

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Old 04-24-2012, 01:53 AM   #4
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Temp at pitch, fermentation temp.

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:20 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Bigcorona View Post
If you are doing all grain out doors, it is helpful to also keep track of the air temp and the temp of the strike water. That way you can make better predictions on the strike water temp to hit your mash temp.
didn't think about this
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:08 AM   #6
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Strike temp, mash temp, boil off rate, times, and volumes.

So yea, basically everything you can track. That way you know what to expect.

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Old 04-24-2012, 05:38 AM   #7
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I've only just begun, so I may be a bit overboard on my data...
Batch #, Name, Extract, Volume, Grains, Hops, Yeast, Other Flavoring, Fining Agents, Priming Sugar, OG, FG, ABV, NOTES, STEPS, NEXT TIME, and RESULTS.

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:23 AM   #8
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I use Beersmith, but pretty much the only thing I measure and track is preboil OG and post-boil OG. The ingredients, desired mash profile, etc are all there. Heck, I don't really even get around to checking FG most of the time.

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Old 04-24-2012, 03:28 PM   #9
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+1 to BeerSmith.

What is the most important data to track? All of the ones that BeerSmith does automatically for you.

My buddy without BeerSmith spends a good 30-45 minutes of his brewday meticulously calculating and recording water volumes, pitching rates, temperatures, boil off, etc.

I just enter my ingredients into BeerSmith, select my custom equipment profile that contains my equipment's specific boil off, loss to trub, etc., and BeerSmith calculates and displays my whole brewday. I don't really even take gravity readings anymore, as I'm much more of an "experimental" brewer than concerned with getting everything perfect and recreating past recipies. Once I got my current rig's efficiency dialed in, I put away my hydrometer, as I know I'm going to be within +/- 5% or so of my target OG and FG pretty much everytime, barring some sort of drastic error on my part (like the time I couldn't count to SEVEN and started with SIX gallons of water pre-mash instead, accidentally turning a stout into a delicious 7.8% ABV imperialish stout!).

At the end of the day, my buddy's meticulous notes look almost identical to my BeerSmith printout. One of the best purchases I ever made. $23.00 at Birdman Brewing is the cheapest I've seen it.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:41 PM   #10
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OG, FG, Volumes in and out of all vessels, mash pH, mash gravity. Once you have a track record, especially with volumes, you can setup a very accurate equipment profile in BeerSmith...once that's done then it's like TopherM says, the software handles all the fine details and you don't have to fret over all the measuring.

My measure always things are: boil gravity (so I know my starting point and when to stop the boil), and volume into fermentor. Other than that, fermentation temps are my main concern.
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