For a while now I’ve been using a dry erase board to keep me on track on brew day. Sometimes I also work off of a printed recipe, and I often refer to BeerSmith on my phone, tablet, or laptop, but I love having all my numbers up on the whiteboard where I can refer to them at a glance.
I finally took the time to write up a fill-in-the-blanks style chart on the board with a permanent marker so that I don’t have to rewrite the whole board for each brew day. Now I can just fill in the specifics for each recipe in just a minute or two so that once I begin brewing, I don’t have to fumble around for a screen or a piece of paper to figure out what the next step is. My mash in temperature, sparge steps, and hops schedule are all represented (I always weigh out grains the night before, so I don’t bother putting the entire recipe on the board) as well as fields to note my actual volumes and gravities so I have a record of the recipe “as brewed.” Those numbers will be fed back into BeerSmith and saved to the brew log for future reference.
Better record keeping is on of my brewing resolutions for 2015, so the upgraded whiteboard should be a big improvement.