Non-Homebrewing Apps for Organizing Your Homebrewing

AppsIf your anything like me, homebrewing ideas come at all times. Whether it’s a name, style, or special ingredient to use, these things just tend to pop in my head. I could be walking down the aisle at the grocery store, sitting in traffic, or hanging out when these idea hit me. However my memory tends to get in the way of some of these “awesome”  ideas.

So it got me thinking…since I have my smart phone with me pretty much at all times, what better than to use my phone to keep track of my ideas.

In the past I have used the voice recorder, note pad, calendar and have even sent e-mails to myself. All these methods work, but they are not that easy to find, group together or remember what the note was intended for in the first place.

One the first Apps I really use and love is Evernote. The beauty of Evernote is that #1 it’s free (they do have a premium) and #2 it’s easy to add to my Evernote account through e-mail, web clipping or using the App on it’s own. Evernote became my storage location for my recipes, lists of things to do and buy and general record keeping.

Evernote

Evernote

As much I love Evernote, it does have some limitations (mostly human) if you don’t take the time to put all the important information in the note. A few weeks back I stumbled on a Journal App for the iPhone. Journalized by ProjectDent. This is also a free App for the iPhone, but I’m sure there are plenty of Apps that do similar things for other systems. What’s really nice about Journalized is that it automatically syncs with my Evernote account and places all the entries into one easy to find folder.

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The Journalized App

The way the App works is just like a hand written journal. Open the App, jot down your thought and hit done.  After that, it automatically dates and time stamps the journal entry. More great features include the ability to add photos/videos to your entry and tag notes that are more important.

Some of the quick notes I have used:

1. Mash-in (it adds the date and time)

2. Mid-brew recipe adjustment (hop adjustments, times, etc)

3. Gravity numbers

4. Photos on ingredients I’m thinking about using

So whether your taking notes during your brewday or find yourself at the homebrew store with an ingredient you are unfamiliar with, open the App, log it in, and now you have it locked in your homebrew journal.

Are there any non-homebrewing apps that you use for homebrewing?

About Robert French


Native to Southern California, I did my first homebrew with a good friend back in 1995 and have been brewing off and on ever since. I started homebrewing because I really like big beers, big hops, and big robust flavors. Back in 1995, it was not that easy to find those types of beers. What I like most about homebrewing is learning and experimenting. I (for the most part) don’t brew clones and I try to make every brew my own. One of the driving forces that keeps me homebrewing is the sharing. I get far more enjoyment from sharing one of my brews than I get from just having a pint at home. Right now I’m in the process of building my single tier brew stand (I'm so close, really) and I hope to be brewing 10 and 12 gallon batches very soon. My favorite style of beer(s) is robust porters and Imperial stouts, both of which I find very challenging as homebrews. This may be due my love of the style and being a little over critical of own recipes.

Comments

  1. Billy Broas says:

    Good tips Robert. I’m a heavy Evernote user and don’t know how I got by without it. I do use it for homebrewing, mainly to clip articles from the web, jot down recipe ideas, and keep track of competitions. I’m curious to hear more about how you use Journalized. Is it just quicker than Evernote? Does it push all of your notes to a specific Evernote folder?

  2. Robert French says:

    Billy, I use Journalized as a holding place for my thoughts. Some get deleted, some just sit there and the rest get posted to a permanent spot. Everything you post to Journalized gets pushed directly to the Journalized folder within Evernote. I’m notorious for having notes from my brew sessions and general homebrew activities scattered on scrap paper, envelopes and boxes all over the house. Finding those notes is always a challenge for me. One of the things that “sold” me on using the App is the automatic date and time stamp feature. I can’t count how many times written a gravity reading down, but forgot to put a date. That may sound minor, but when I have 4 or more beers in various stages of fermentation/aging…that’s a lot of notes with potentially missing info for me to misplace.

    • Billy Broas says:

      I had to laugh at the part about losing track of what gravity reading belongs to what beer because I do that ALL the time. One thing I need to utilize more is audio recording on my phone. Often I’m so busy in homebrewing that I don’t have time to type in notes and it’s much easier to click a button or two and say dictate everything, then go back and type it in later.

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