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Old 06-20-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
Jul 2011
Dubois, Pennsylvania
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Now, because im coming into brewing my own AG batches and everything, I know more than anything to document everything. That way, if it tastes bad, i wont do it again. And if its amazing, i have it all documented! My question is this: Do you have a notebook for this, or use a laptop? Just curious how you have your recipes/notes/tips organized?

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
Oct 2010
Sisters, Oregon
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Pen and paper during the brew day, but I store all my notes in BeerSmith.

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
Apr 2012
Orlando, Florida
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Originally Posted by Mongrel View Post
Pen and paper during the brew day, but I store all my notes in BeerSmith.
I do the same thing but I use BrewTarget and keep my files in Dropbox.

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
Dec 2010
Watertown, CT
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When I started I wrote down the whole process - point by point. This often keeps you from making those dumb mistakes. Also I keep a log of each batch. This makes it easier to tweak the recipe. You cannot make a subtle change if you don't remember how you did it last time. So yes, write stuff makes a difference.


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Old 06-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #5
Jun 2012
Brainerd, MN
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BeerSmith is worth the 30 bucks for many Reasons, but keeping notes on each brew and a log of your brews is one of its useful abilities.

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Old 06-20-2012, 08:47 PM   #6
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Apr 2012
Oppelo, Arkansas
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I just use a notebook. I write every detail down.

I have a separate notebook for my job that I do that with also. One for reloading ammo and one for my guitar notes/songs, geez I have too many notebooks around here.

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:01 PM   #7
Jan 2012
Minneapolis, MN
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Another vote here for Beersmith. I never brew without it. Plus, it really helps with recipe formulation.

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:38 PM   #8
May 2012
Class Bravo airspace, Chicago, Illinois
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Yea Beersmith is worth every penny.

However on brewday I love my dry-erase board! I'm still relatively new to all of this so I love having everything written out in HUGE front of me and it's easy to add/remove/check-mark and organize things quickly and you definitively won't forget anything when you're in the act of brewing. In addition I take a digital picture of the board afterwards and keep a digital file of it...for whatever reason.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:40 PM   #9
Jun 2012
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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I record everything with a video camera.
Oops, that's not my beer.

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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On brew day I'm usually watching Netflix on my laptop so Beersmith is conveniently right there to keep track of my notes.

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