Homebrewing Journals

Brewing journals are a way to make notes while brewing a particular recipe. This is a complement to the normal recipe creating/editing. You can take notes throughout the brewing, fermenting, bottling and tasting. When you finish your journal for a particular beer you can give a final review and taste notes.

Completed Journals

Muddy Avatar Muddy brewed 'True Brew Irish Stout'

Completed on Apr 22, 2013  

Not a good recipe kit. Try the Brewer's Best version instead, perhaps. The Munton's yeast did not fully ferment so I had to top off with Safale S-04 to finish it off. The beer is rather thin with little roast flavor and is heavily over-carbed. I don't ...

manfre Avatar manfre brewed 'Honey Irish Red Ale'

Completed on Mar 20, 2013  

This recipe was easy to brew and came out well. Next time I'd probably use less honey because it's a little sweeter than I'd like for an Irish Red. Definitely a good beer and I'll use this as a base for future experimentation.

mlavin Avatar mlavin brewed 'Beer for Breakfast Stout'

Completed on Mar 10, 2013  

Came out a little sweeter than I wanted this time but still very good. Not sure what I would do differently. I still love this recipe.

Muddy Avatar Muddy brewed 'ESB'

Completed on Dec 20, 2012  

Yuck. Do not recommend this as a repeat without conditioning in a secondary. Too rushed. Tasted like liquid yeast. Settle that shit out, Mr Lazy Buns!

Muddy Avatar Muddy brewed 'Fat Bastard'

Completed on Jun 29, 2013  

It's official. This batch was fucked. Lacked flavor. No good at all.

Overall I would say this beer came out as good or better than previous years. My friends, family and coworkers all enjoyed it as did I. The peppermint was not as overwhelming as it was the first time I made it. I don't think the mint leaves really added ...

Great beer. Cleared well in bottle but with a slight hint of chill haze. Wheat gives body and flavor without reducing maltiness. Balanced beer and great floral nose. Pretty good for an extract recipe kit!

mlavin Avatar mlavin brewed 'Sweet Pumpkin Ale'

Completed on Nov 10, 2012  

This turned out to be a solid pumpkin beer. Medium amber in color and the taste of the pumpkin spice really comes through. Using the pumpkin in the mash was a little messy and I'm not sure it really added anything. I might make this again but more than ...

Muddy Avatar Muddy brewed 'Sum Yung Gai'

Completed on Oct 11, 2012  

Chill haze. Slight protein flavor. May mellow out with more than just a week in the bottle. Might try a protein rest next time. Nice, gentle hops bitterness and super light body. Tropical fruit note lingers on the palate long after tasting.

Rowmoney Avatar Rowmoney brewed 'Pumpkin Porter'

Completed on Sep 30, 2012  

A very nice imperial porter but i need to work on bringing out the pumpkin flavor better, because there is almost none with this recipe. Next time i intend on putting fresh pumpkin peices in with the mash.

Rowmoney Avatar Rowmoney brewed 'Framboise'

Completed on Oct 18, 2012  

This time the raspberries were added as a puree at secondary fermentation. That made all the difference. Very fruity and the sweetness now balances out the high gravity bitterness. Good.

Muddy Avatar Muddy brewed 'Oktoberfest'

Completed on Oct 15, 2012  

Too sweet. Wrong grain used by accident due to supplier mixup. Used Caramunich instead of regular Munich. Oh well. Seems like it could be promisingly good if not for cloying, malty sweetness. Will try again with corrected grain bill.

mlavin Avatar mlavin brewed 'End of Summer IPA'

Completed on Sep 16, 2012  

I set out to make a simple and drinkable IPA and I think I nailed it. My older brother thought it tasted a little hot but I don't think so. I has a nice amber color and a crisp hop taste. I've made quite a few IPAs and ...

Muddy Avatar Muddy brewed 'Easy Way (Belgian) IPA v2.0'

Completed on Oct 20, 2012  

Hops a bit assertive, needs more sweetness backbone for this level of hops.

I love this mead and it's been a hit with everyone who's tried it. Most people have never had a mead so they aren't sure what to think of it. It took a long time to make but it was worth it. If I make it again ...

Very nice but with much less of a raspberry flavor than I would have liked. next time I'll add the raspberries during secondary fermentation.

manfre Avatar manfre brewed 'Hefeweizen'

Completed on Jul 14, 2012  

This was an easy recipe that produced a great hefeweizen in a relatively short time. I will brew this again.

mlavin Avatar mlavin brewed 'Beer for Breakfast Stout'

Completed on Jun 10, 2012  

This beer is great. I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts and this one did not let me down. Fairly easy to make and delicious. There were no coffee grounds or graininess which I've noticed in some other coffee homebrews. It's a little under carbonated but otherwise ...

Turned out pretty nice. Required an extra week in the bottles before the flavor was right - i was disappointed in my cherry flavor at first but now i definitely recommend it, but only with the proper aging.

mlavin Avatar mlavin brewed 'Spring Dunkelweizen'

Completed on May 20, 2012  

Not my favorite beer but it's not bad. I've never been much of a fan of German beers to start with. To me there just isn't much that is special about it. Between that and breaking my air lock and hydrometer in the same batch just put ...