One of the main goals of homebrewers is to get to the point of formulating your own recipes. Even I'm just now getting to where I'm comfortable enough to put together a recipe that's worth brewing.
When you reach that point, though, a slew of other questions arise.
Where do you keep them? Will you share them? Do you want to make sure you hit your numbers right? Of course, there are many answers to each of those questions. Anything from paper and pen to brewing software to online places. Let's throw one more name into the hat.
We stumbled across this website, brewprint.com. Basically it looks to be a Facebook add-on and a way to socialize your recipes. I mean, let's face it. You're going to share your recipe's right? Right? So I sat down and created a profile and created a copy of the Roasted Red Pepper Cream Ale on the site.
In true web-app style, the fields start automatically suggesting ingredients as you are typing, and for those ingredients that are in their database already, you get SRM numbers, IBU's, etc.
All in all, it didn't take too long to create the recipe, get it named, and saved. From there, you have the option to share it, add notes, photos, and print a copy. There's even an “Add to Cart” option. This seems to link you to MoreBeer, so you can check out and be on your merry way to waiting for the ingredients and then brewing. Also, if you decide you don't want to share that particular recipe after all, you can mark it as private so it's for your eyes only.
As far as finding other people's recipes, there are options to browse by user, recipe or style. You also have the option to free text search, which is always nice. On the whole it's a rather nice put together project, albeit a little new still.
Which brings me to the negative portion of this little post. There were a few things that didn't exactly jump out at me when I was entering my recipe. First of all, the recipe name is automatically filled in for you at first at the very top. It really just kind of blended in until I went looking for it, and found a tiny little button that looked like a pencil and pad. This allowed me to finally edit the recipe title.
It was still easy to edit, mind you, just not blatantly obvious at first. Also, at first glance, there didn't seem to be a great deal of recipes. However, as you start digging, there are actually several out there (about 275 as of this writing).
All things being said, this site has nice potential, both as a recipe database, and a sharing/collaborating venue. While it seems to be a little rough around the edges, once you catch on to what they are trying to do and how they accomplish it, it's actually quite easy to navigate around.
Nice job guys. I'm sure it will only get better from here!