Improved Brewing Journals

There is a common saying "You can't manage what you don't measure." For us, when it comes to brewing, that means if you aren't taking notes about your brewing, you can't get better at it. For this reason we built brewing journals into the site. Today we are happy to announce our latest updates to the brewing journals.

Up until now you could only keep a journal for recipes submitted on the site. This missed out on a group of homebrewers who probably need the notes the most: people that brew from ingredient kits. But this new feature helps for other recipes that aren't on the site as well. Maybe you want to keep a journal of a beer you found on another recipe site or homebrewer's blog. Or you are brewing a recipe from a homebrewing book; you can now keep a journal on the site.

How do you do it? It's pretty simple. If you don't have an account you need to register for one or sign in. From there, take a look at your dashboard and you'll see "Start a Journal" in the right options section.

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You'll note we've changed your dashboard and public profile to show the beers you are currently brewing. We've also added iCalendar file downloads to the journals page. Now you can quickly add reminders of important brewing dates like when it's time to bottle and when it's ready to drink to your favorite calendar application.

There are plenty of other small changes to make it easier to keep good notes on your favorite recipes. We hope these tools can help make everyone a better brewer. If you have a suggestion about how we can make brewing journals even better let us know. Happy brewing everyone!

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