If 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.
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.
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?
His favorite beer styles are robust porters and Imperial stouts, both of which are challenging as homebrews. In fact, that's probably why he finds these styles challenging -- because he loves them and is very critical of his own.
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