Because brewing is part art and part science, even brewers dedicated to logging every detail of their recipes find themselves making spontaneous adjustments during a brew day.
Keeping track of those last-minute changes can be tricky. Often they are jotted down on a piece of scrap paper or entered hastily into the notes app on a smartphone, at risk of being forgotten, misplaced or lost.
That’s what prompted the creation of the Brew Pad. Christian Lavender designed the notepad to make those misplaced scraps of paper a thing of the past. With areas for entering information such as hops and fermentables but also mash method and adjustments to the water profile, the Brew Pad helps you keep up with your brew day and keep track of all those niggling details at the same time, so you can focus on the beer and enter those changes at the computer at the end of the day.
“The Brew Pad was conceived not to replace brewing apps or software,” Lavender says. “I personally use BeerSmith to record all my brews, but I always find myself making adjustments to the water profile, mash, hop bill, etc., on the fly. This leaves me with lots of notes scratched down on random paper or recipe printouts.
“It is very unorganized and I actually lost some important information, so I decided to create an easy tear-sheet brewing pad for all those adjustments that happen during the brew.”
And here’s the best part: the Brew Pad is available from HomeBrewing.com as a free download or as a 40-page notepad for $12.95. ■