Just wondering what kind of interest there would be for an “all in one” Brew Log, Timer, Brew Tools, and general home brewing application on the iPhone?
I'm doing iPhone development on the side, and for a first project to learn the API and objective C language, I am building a home brew log application. I'll use this post as a location to post progress and get ideas from forum users. I figured this would be something I would use personally and a fun way to encourage me to brew more as I progress over the development learning curve.
So far the basic premise is;
- Brew Log
- Brew Tools
- General Options
The brew log will list your entire past brew sessions, tasting notes, images, bottling/kegging dates and notes, and allow you to copy/modify a session or "run" the session live. Later on perhaps the ability to email brew sessions or store them on a server or local machine for backup (or perhaps some kind of tie-in to HBT).
The idea is that instead of using kitchen timers and paper logs for grain/hop/adjunct additions, the brew session can be "run" as an active session. Ie. Design the brew and assign ingredients and then start the session. You would at this point have all the information about the brew in real time (ie. current est volume lost, est IBU, abv, etc).
First step for say an extract session would be to bring your temperature to 155 degrees to steep your grains, when this is hit, you press next and the timer starts for the steep. After grains are steeped, an alert notifies you to continue to the next step and add your extract. After you are at a boil you continue and that starts the timer for the hop schedules or adjuncts you have set up.
I also had an idea for a more "live session recording" mode where you would start the session and just record "when" and "what" you added as your brew session progressed. That way you have an accurate account to the second of what you did for a particular brew session and would be able to recall the details at a later time for evaluation. All of these metrics could then be easily used to dynamically generate in real time your ABV%, IBU, boil volume loss, etc as the timer progressed.
At the moment the application is just in a design phase, with UI being built, and gathering of ideas. So if this sounds like something that interest you, or you have ideas, please don’t hesitate to add them here. I would be excited to have your input!