Back in December of 2013, I was given a copy of Ray Daniels’ Designing Great Beers by some close friends. After thoroughly reading the book, I was determined to take what I learned and put it into an easy to use homebrew recipe worksheet and guide that would help me draft my own recipes by hand, rather than using a brewing software.
Why, you ask? Well… why not?
I wanted to gain a better understanding on how the ingredients affected the end product, and wanted to be able to understand the formulas and other factors which we take for granted when using a brewing software.
Over the last few months, I have been working on my worksheet and guide, and I have been very happy with the results! The first beer I drafted and brewed with this process was my Windward Amber Ale, where I landed within 1 gravity unit (GU) of my predicted conversion efficiency, and within 2 points of my predicted original gravity! I’m still in the early stages of using and testing this worksheet and guide, but I believe the worksheet is now ready to share (download links below).
I’d still like to improve certain sections of the worksheet, like the salt additions and final metrics sections, but I believe they serve their purpose for the time being.
If you have any suggestions to improve this worksheet, feel free to post a comment below or contact me. Otherwise, feel free to subscribe to my blog if you would like to be notified when the guide is updated.
Cheers, and happy homebrewing!