Take the 2-minute tour ×
Homebrewing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm looking for a log sheet to use to start tracking all the beer and wine I brew to (hopefully) improve the results over time. What's your favorite and what could be improved in it?

share|improve this question
add comment

8 Answers 8

I am writing a web app along with a colleague that is dedicated to just this topic. It is meant to be a cross between Hopeville, BeerSmith and a Log sheet.

http://brewershub.com/

We have recipe sharing/creation, a recipe builder, batches with a notebook. And we are completely open to ideas. Its also totally free. We really want to turn this into a community site dedicated to homebrewers. Please check it out and don't hesitate to give feedback. We recently launched and are looking for users to really give us some good feeback.

Also, we are in the processes of making some upgrades to our recipe builder right now that should be coming in a matter of weeks, mostly dedicated to partial mash and all grain brewing that should be really exciting.

share|improve this answer
add comment

I've just written up my first brew log & asked myself the same question. I agree with brewchez - it depends what you want.

I started with brewchez's log, but as I'm going to be using simple extract-based recipes while I figure this out, it was too complex. I started with Palmer's example in 1.2.3 Record Keeping and as I started filling it out, found I wanted to record a lot more information.

Since I'm new at this, my goal is to record as much data as possible, so I can best learn what factors influence the result & how. Here's what I have.

Type/Name:
Volume:
Date (fermentation):
Date (bottling): 
Date (taste):

Yeast: (form, type, pitched?)

Temperature notes: (primary range, secondary range)

Malts: (qty, type for each)

Original Gravity: x.xxx (measured/calculated)
Final Gravity:
ABV:

Hops:
#. qty, time, type, %AA

IBU:

Sugars: (added during primary, priming) 

Yield & vessel: (glass/plastic bottles, kegged)

Notes:

Picture:

My personal favourite thing here is the picture. I look forward to having a photo of every beer I've ever brewed. Make sure you use a white background (I use a dinner plate) so the colour is accurate.

I also use Evernote to store my notes. It's searchable, like Google Calendar and stores pictures too. You could just as easily use OneNote, Google Calendar, GMail, DropBox etc.

Good luck!

share|improve this answer
add comment

You really want to be using Beersmith.

share|improve this answer
    
I just started using Beersmith. I haven't figured out how to take good notes in it. The notes section at the bottom of a recipe become part of the recipe. What I want is the notes to be separate from the recipe, allowing me to have multiple sets of notes for a single recipe - one set for each time I brew that recipe. Is it possible to do this in Beersmith? –  JackSmith Feb 2 '11 at 14:10
    
When you're viewing a recipe you can click the "Copy To Brewlog" button at the top. That will make a copy of the current recipe in a special folder ("Brewlog" by default, but configurable in the options). That way you can keep your logs separate from the main recipe. –  George Feb 8 '11 at 18:14
add comment

I carry my ipod touch with me all the time, and am quite pleased with the newer updates to Brew Pal, an app that keeps recipes and now has decent customization. Since I don't have a smart phone, this is the easiest way to always have my recipes on hand. C-4 is right though, you really should use Google calendar, especially if you have brewing co-conspirators.

share|improve this answer
add comment

I use TiddlyWiki to create tables of my recipes, format my brewing notes, and just keep track of everything. It's a portable wiki that's pretty easy to use. Using a free online hosted wiki might be a better idea though. There are several free online wiki sites to choose from. The only reason I didn't choose to use those is because I figured that I will do a better job of preserving and backing up my brewing data, and I didn't want to risk one of those sites just "going away" as too many sites often do.

If I need to take the brewing wiki with me, it's stored as a single file that you can throw on a flash drive, or even e-mail to yourself, since it's really small (Less than 1Mb I believe).

share|improve this answer
add comment

I created a Google calendar for my brew log. It makes searching easy (this is important when you start brewing a lot) and the best part is you can access it anywhere there is internet. There have been a few times when I pulled up an old log on an iPhone while talking to someone in a bar.

share|improve this answer
    
I forgot, one of the other nice things about google calendar is that you can share it with your friends. I have 4 good brew buddies and we can search each others logs any time. –  C-4 May 9 '10 at 19:33
add comment

I started off using ProMash until switching to a Mac. Then I kept handwritten records. Now I use the brewer's logbook.

Hopville is okay for recipes, but not adapted for brewing sessions.

share|improve this answer
add comment

THe best log sheet is which ever one you WILL use regularly. I have brewed some great beer in the past and I never took andy good notes on certain batches unfortunately.

I think however, the best log sheet is one you make yourself; customized to the way you brew and what you think is important.

I have been brewing for 10 years and I don't think I have ever really seen a good one I liked for my process on-line somewhere.

I'd recommend looking at a few online and then picking features you like the best from each one. I used to print my recipes on my brew sheets, then after using brewing software I started to just print the recipe and remedial brewing session info (e.g. calculated strike water temps) and using a homemade check list for capturing notes and changes in the planned process.

Here is a link to my log sheet at my blogsite if you want to look at one to get started.

share|improve this answer
    
Agreed. Working on your own is a good way to go. Working on your own will let you track what you want how you want. I have my own (ianwhitney.com/hopwise/brewing-log) that I'm constantly updating and tweaking. I like it quite a bit, but other brewers probably won't. –  Hopwise Feb 2 '11 at 16:07
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.