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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 ...


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I use BeerSmith for the recipe and the number calcs, but I have a template to write down key #s as I brew. Both the BeerSmith sheet and my template sheet with notes goes in a binder with sheet protectors. I track factors around my mash: Strike volume, strike temp, resultant temp, did I add more water, the temp of extra water, temp post mash. I batch ...


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I have found the two most significant effects on consistency both come from temperature. Mash temperature. Fermentation temperature. The other factors certainly contribute but are simple to address through process, recipe etc. The temperature variables however seem much harder for the home brewer to address. Strike temperature and water volume in the ...


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I also use a converted keg for my mash-tun and swear by Reflectix foil coated bubble insulation. This stuff comes in rolls from the big box hardware stores, isn't too expensive and the 24" roll is exactly the right width to be wrapped around the keg multiple times. I cut slits in it to account for the thermometers and valves and also have a couple of disks ...


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Discuss compensating for factors such as: Inconsistent crush Invest in a better mill or inspect the one you have more closely. A good mill should maintain a the same gap in it always. Perhaps using a gap feeler to measure the gap each time would help here. Varying efficiencies This comes from two places, first you need a consistent crush. Next, you'll ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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You didn't say whether you intend to make them serially or consecutively (edit: oops, I meant concurrently). If you can't make one 15-gallon batch, or blend all three batches together after they're done (very gently, and without unduly exposing them to air) before kegging, temperature control is probably where you want to concentrate. I suggest you keep them ...


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I use BeerSmith software. I put together the recipe, print out the brew sheet. I'll make notes on the sheet as I'm brewing if I need to and then add them back to the recipe after I brew. It's the lazy way to organize a recipe and get detailed step by step instructions and I can print off as many copies as I want which comes in handy for people asking for ...


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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 ...


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You can get a whole bunch of armaflex and wrap it around the mash tun. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xgy/R-100539553/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 I think the stuff looks cool to and plan I using it for my hot liquor tank.



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