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The Brew Journal is a traditional solution that brings back the simplicity of logging craft beer recipes with ink and paper.
The Brew Journal is a traditional solution that brings back the simplicity of logging craft beer recipes with ink and paper.
The Brew Journal is a traditional solution that brings back the simplicity of logging craft beer recipes with ink and paper.
904 backers pledged $34,635 to help bring this project to life.

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Brew Journal - The Logbook for Craft Brewers

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The journal that will be passed it on to the next generation, but...

...what is the Brew Journal?

We are beverage alchemists, beverage engineers, but above all; beverage lovers, and the Brew Journal was created with that in mind.

We believe the Brew Journal is an innovative yet traditional way of logging beer recipes. This journal has been created especially for home brewers who like to keep track of their batches, and log the outcome of every brewing experiment. Besides the antique look, everything in this notebook has a function; from reference charts to tasting notes.

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What makes the Brew Journal unique?

Think of the Brew Journal as a finely tailored suit. This journal has been "tailored" to fit the needs of home brewers like us.

After weeks looking for the perfect brewing logbook, we didn't find anything that even came close to our expectations. We decided to create our own journal from scratch. After numerous designs (and batches), we believe that we came up with a very effective layout that meets our expectations.

Everything you need to replicate a batch is at your fingertips by simply opening the journal flat (ingredients, brewing notes, hops, yeast, hydrometer readings, tastings notes, etc).

What are people saying about the Brew Journal?

Don't just take from us, let other craft brewers do the talking :)

Why do you need a Brew Journal?

  • Intuitive layout: the Brew Journal’s layout provides a friendly and organized way to log each step of the process regardless of your personal preferences. (General information, Ingredients and Brew Notes on the left. Hop Notes, Yeast Notes, Fermentation, Hydrometer Readings, Bottling/Kegging, Tasting Notes, Additional Information on the right.)
 
  • Opens flat: just as important as the layout and the look of the Brew Journal, functionality had to be spot-on too. The utmost quality was required to meet our standards of durability and flatness.
  • Pen/Pencil Holder: after looking at dozens of journals out there we found out that very few had a built-in pen holder but that was a feature that the Brew Journal had to have!
  • Unit Conversion Charts: we went beyond just adding the conversion formulas in the journal; we added a full conversion chart for quick reference during your brew day. That includes mass, temperature and volume.
  • Beer Color Reference: for beer lovers and home brewers this is a color reference chart with both Standard Reference Method (SRM) and European Brewery Convention (EBC).

  • Yeast Strains Reference Chart: most of us are not yeast experts so this chart provides general yeast information such as fermentation temperatures and common beer styles.
  • Hop Substitution Chart: as the name says, this is a reference chart to see what your hop options are in case you are creating your own unique recipe or you are just looking for a substitution in a recipe you currently have.
  • Glassware Reference: believe it or not, the glassware makes a difference when you taste a beer so why not include a quick reference chart in the Brew Journal too? We did!
  • ABV Reference Chart: instead of having to look for the formulas to calculate the ABV of your home brew, you can just take a quick look at the ABV Reference Chart! Quick and simple! The Brew Journal did the math for you!

The Journal that will last you years!

The Brew Journal has enough space for 70 recipes, that means if you brew twice a month, every month of the year, that's 24 recipes per year. It will take you almost 3 years to fill out every page. But as we know, life happens at the same time as our brewing day, so the Brew Journal will most likely last you close to 4 or 5 years.

The Fact Is...

Beer has been around for thousands of years and since its creation many things have changed. Despite the world's quick evolution the basic ingredients for making beer remained the same: water, malt, hops and yeast. The formula hasn't changed but spread among thousands of variations of beer world-wide.


Even though we have computers, smart-phones and tablets to log our recipes, nothing replaces the originality and tradition of logging recipes with ink and paper.

"Writing is cathartic. It makes you feel good. Ink to paper is a physical release; it takes an abstract thought and makes it tangible, easily referable physical object. Electronic devices simply can't give you the same mental piece of mind, ease of flexibility and use that pen and paper can." - Angelia Trinidad

The "Kickstarter Factor"

It's a known fact that Kickstarter is a community, not just a crowd-funding website. And in this community we have home brewers, fashionistas, designers, tech-savvies, chefs, film directors, musicians and many other amazing people, but we all have one thing in common; we are believers! We believe in ideas, and by supporting those projects we eventually become part of their journey too.
Those, and many other people inspired us to take the Brew Journal this far and we hope the Brew Journal inspires your too to take your goals as far as you can possibly imagine.
 

The Costs

We have done our homework! Manufacturing and logistics are lined-up and waiting for the go ahead, but that will only be possible if we make our goal by the end of the campaign. Here is a breakdown of where the funds are going to to go:

The Timeline

As soon as we hit our funding goal this is what's going to happen:
  • We will buy the packaging materials to speed up reward fulfillments.
  • We are going to brew a batch to celebrate.
When the campaign ends:
  • We will place the order for the Brew Journals.
  • In parallel to that, the surveys will be sent out.
  • Two to three weeks after the campaign ends, we hope to get the money from Amazon. Pay the manufacturer and get the Brew Journals sent to our office.
  • While all that is going on, we will be working hard on the packaging, printing shipping labels and drinking beer.
  • As soon as the Brew Journals arrive, they will be sent out to our backers.
  • We will make more beer.

The Rewards

Every single pledge gets something in return!

The Craftmanship

Our work didn't stop when we finished the design of the Brew Journal. Every journal will come with a hand stamped "thank you" note...
...your backer number...

...and wax sealed with our logo.

 Thank you so much for checking out our campaign! We hope to see your name on the backer's list at the end of the campaign :)

Risks and challenges

PRODUCTION

To get the Brew Journal to this point we have overcome many challenges and after many calls and e-mails we found awesome people and companies to partner with. We already have detailed information about lead times and production, but if any issues arise we will communicate it with you.

PACKING & SHIPPING

We believe that the packing and shipping of the Brew Journal are steps just as important as the design and production. We spent countless hours looking at our packing options and we chose a package that will protect your journal during shipping, give it a unique look, and not increase the price.

We are confident that we can deliver the Brew Journal on time but as in any great project, risks can't be eliminated completely. It is our priority to keep an open relationship with our loyal backers and craft beer & wine makers/lovers.

Because we love being a part of the print culture, and we enjoy the work that it involves; we have decided to publish in print the Brew Journal instead of publishing on the web. That certainly adds extra expenses and lots of coordination with outside parties so we ask for your patience in advance. We are just as excited as you are about this project!

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    BACKERS PICTURE COLLAGE + WOODEN 6-PACK BLUEPRINT

    Hey, you are awesome! Cheers to your support!! Every bit counts and you will forever be remembered in our GIANT Backers picture collage on our website as a Brew Journal Kickstarter Backer. And you will receive an electronic printable blueprint of the Wooden 6-pack seen on the video to make your own

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    SUPER SPECIAL OFFER

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    These are the first 30 Brew Journals ever made and ever shipped to our backers!

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    It's ok if you missed the SUPER early bird special, you can still be among the first ones to own a Brew Journal :)

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    SINGLE BREW JOURNAL

    Home brewing is a big deal! We will ship your Brew Journal as soon as we can. Your next recipe might be the BEST recipe yet and it needs to be logged!

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    DOUBLE BREW JOURNAL
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    You and a friend will be among the first ones to own a Brew Journal!!

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    BREW CLUB (5 BREW JOURNALS)

    Two Brew Journals are not enough? What about FIVE journals? Talk to your home brew club and brewing buddies, this option might be the best one for your & your friends!

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