So, in what has now become a quest to get my first home brew done, I have been doing lots of reading and research. Twitter and the Craft Brewing population therein have been essential to that. One twitter user has something the has captured my interest strongly with this post

“- basicbrewing Brewer’s Logbooks are at the printer. Should be on the store by first of next week! http://twitpic.com/iotc” .

He, through his website http://www.basicbrewing.com, has created a log book which essentially provides a “way to record your brewing history.” For me, it’s going to be an excellent tool to begin my brewing with. If you’re a new home brewer, give it some thought; organization with this log may make things much easier to keep track of. I think for new brewers and home brewers in general, it’s a nice tool to have. Face it, when brewing a computer might not always be handy. Even for those who use a computer program to design their beers, this book will be an excellent tool to keep beside the kettle while brewing.

James Spencer and Steve Wilkes came up with the idea for this Brewer’s Logbook after commiserating that most of their prized recipes were scribbled on scraps of paper here and there, and they were hard to dig up when they needed to make another batch of tasty brew.

The first section of the book is the whole year of 2008 at a glance. This is for long-range planning – something that James and Steve have heard is a good idea, and something they one day hope to practice.

Section two is each month in a two-page format. Use these pages to make a quick note when each batch is brewed, racked and bottled or kegged. Brewers who lager beer can easily keep track of temperature changes over time.

The third section is where the details of each batch are lined out. You can enter all of your ingredients and the specifics of each step in your process. This is the key to repeatability. When you brew a beer you really like, you can come back to your brew day session page and see exactly how you did it.

The Logbook measures 8.5″ x 6″, including the spiral binding. It contains 127 pages and enough room for up to 50 batches. At only $12.95, it makes a great gift for your favorite home brewer!

For more Information visit basicbrewing.com