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Old 03-18-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
Dave the Brewer
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How do you keep you recipes, prices for brews, gravities, efficiencies, all those little thing you write down to keep track. I use Microsoft word, but mines just getting messy and hard to read, I've got quite a few beers down and growing. I need a better system, anyone have any ideas or suggestion?
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
May 2007
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I use BeerSmith. All my recipes, ingredient inventory, notes from brew days, and overall brewlog are in there.

I print out the recipe/brewsheet and take notes on it during the brew, then enter them into Beersmith when I get around to it.

Primary/Secondary: #132 American Wheat
Kegged: #130 American Pale Ale, #131 Stone IPA clone
Planned: London ESB, West Coast IPA

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Old 03-18-2008, 05:26 PM   #3
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I use brewing software as well, promash for me though.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:26 PM   #4
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+1 on BeerSmith
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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I keep a recipe in folders on the computer...just marked beer, wine, mead and so on. The basic Recipe is on top, (Just a word Doc) and then notes on the bottom. I also use an excel spreadsheet that has "Active Brew" on it.
It's all cheap...in fact free, and I haven't jumped to beersmith yet, but it works great for me.
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:01 PM   #6
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+2 to BeerSmith
Roaring Bull Brewing Co.
Est. 2006

Currently Consuming (HB): Apfelwein on Tap Troegs Hopback on Tap; Craft Bottles
Fermenting/Conditioning: Up Next: Hop Trio American Wheat, Lake Walk Pale Ale
In Planning Stage: Farmhouse Saison and Something Oaked.

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:03 PM   #7
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I go old school with a 3 ring binder and paper

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:03 PM   #8
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Chicago, Illinois
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I have a section of a notebook for recipes and other beer information. Ones that have been actually brewed have a date and detailed notes after whatever technical information i gathered from beertools.com and my own measurement taking.

Ideally I would love a program on my own computer (linux) that gives me a list of the recipes in a drop down menu...

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:15 PM   #9
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I export from Beersmith to a Word Doc that is synched up with my Treo. That way, I alwyas have my recipes with me.

Then, whatever I plan on brewing, I copy the Word text to Excel, create my ratio chart and print that sheet for brew day and make notes.

Here's a snap shot of the excel tab for a recipe.
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Here's a hard copy for brew day.
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:27 PM   #10
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Old school here as well. I have a leather bound journal I take all my notes in. I like doing it that way because I find it relaxing and I like to review the scribbled pages with the occasional beer stain or crumbled up hop leaf in the page.

It is more of an ambiance thing for me.

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