I've been looking for a suitable way of keeping my wine records online, whereby I can simply tap in recipe details as I brew, SG during the ferment etc, and it logs these all as individual with the date so I can check back on the information quickly. at a later date.

I tried Evernote but found I might as well be keeping a word processing document for each brew.

Do you keep records online or electronically?

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I use Google Docs, their spreadsheet has enough functionality to do most calculations you could want. Should you need something more advanced, they allow you to build your own functions using javascript. The spreadsheets can be mutli-worksheet and you can export [if needed] in many common document formats.

Google also offers their Standard edition for domains/businesses for free. Sharing docs works great, even with users outside your [or gmail's] domain.


There are free, public templates available such as this Home Brew Log available on the Google Docs Template site.

  • I also use google docs for this. Its a good solution.
    – CLJ
    Commented Nov 10, 2010 at 11:55
  • +1 for Google Docs spreadsheet. It may not be as fancy as other software, but the simplicity makes it very easy to customise to your preferences and the way you like to work instead of changing the way you work to suit something else.
    – tallie
    Commented Nov 18, 2010 at 8:36
  • +1 I use Google Docs to track details on multiple brew batches, past and present
    – dthorpe
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 3:47
  • My brother and I brew together, so we just have a shared folder with all of our recipes in Google Docs that we can both edit. Very handy tool. Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 12:57

I love BrewBlogger. Not only can you store your recipes, but you can make a "brewblog" each time you brew to track tweaks and changes to that batch. It also will calculate ABV, IBU, and SRM for you based on your ingredients. You have to have your own hosting somewhere, but it works great and it's free. The two clubs I'm in have brewblogs here and here.


I currently use Dropbox to store my recipes.

  • In the form of what... Word docs? Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 2:07
  • I have an excel sheet I keep using. It has a bunch of formulas built in for mash temp & volume, etc.
    – sgwill
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 3:58
  • Cool! I use both applications ... Google docs probably has more to offer than dropbox in this regard because you get a browser based editor as well. Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 12:57
  • Yeah, I've been thinking about tossing 'em up on google docs and see if they convert correctly.
    – sgwill
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 14:12

I've started http://www.brew-journal.com/ … online, open-source. Feel free to join, run your own instance, contribute patches, &c.


I have a copy of BeerSmith installed in a DropBox folder. Works great for keeping my recipes, records, stock etc. synced between by computers.


I've just located Fermsoft's Online Wine Log which is great for wine brewers, though not really suitable for beer etc. The data entry is nice, but I'd have liked to have seen some analysis in the reports it produces, more like their offline software, Amphora.


Personally I use desktop software (BeerAlchemy), but several of my friends swear by BeerCalc, made by a Danish homebrewing site -- it's pretty great for setting up and sharing recipes.

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