Attention to detail is key. As brewers, we live by this principle. To capture all the detail that goes into every batch, every brewer needs a good brew sheet. We crafted the Black Sands Brew Sheet in our image, and we’re excited to share it with you. We are working on creating a more advanced brew sheet for the seasoned and expert brewers, but this version is a great tool for almost anyone who brews at home. Use it as a reference and a record as you gather your ingredients and follow the steps to brew a great beer.
If you’ve never used a brew sheet before, here are a few tips:
- Beer Name: Have fun with it!
- Style: Imperial stout, English ale, IPA, etc.
- Batch No.: Helpful if you’re planning to repeat the recipe over and over to perfection
- Batch Size: A typical homebrew is about 5 gallons, but you can always go bigger!
- Dates: Keep track of what date you brewed, when you racked to fermentation, and when you packaged it into bottles or a keg.
- Bring your brew sheet along when you visit the homebrew store to gather your ingredients.
- Specify the various grains and other ingredients that will go into your brew, like clearing agents, water treatment minerals, or spices for flavoring and aroma.
- Don’t forget to record the amount you purchased.
- Specify whether you’re doing an all grain, partial, or extract brew.
- Water: You may add some gypsum or other minerals to treat your mash water and balance the PH, but this isn't a necessity. Many homebrewers simply use tap water. I know we do in San Francisco! But, it’s there if you need it.
- Times and Temperatures: You’ll want to know how long to steep your grains, and at what temperature. This will vary depending on whether you’re doing all grain, partial, or extract brewing.
- Specify your boiling and finishing hops, and the times you add them to the boil.
- Boiling hops are for bittering your beer; finishing hops are for flavor and aroma.
- Typically, you add bittering hops during the first 30 minutes of the boil and finishing hops during the last 30 minutes.
- The closer you get to the end of the boil, the more the hops are for the aroma of your beer only.
- Record your yeast strain type and your pitch environment.
- Take copious notes throughout
- Write down info about the taste (appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, overall)
Overall, enjoy yourself and have fun! We hope homebrewers find this resource helpful and we look forward to creating more tools like this in the near future.