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Tilt hydrometer integration

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19 Sep 2018
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With the initial release of the dashboard completed, it's now time for something fun: integrating the Tilt hydrometer into BC. Tilt measures gravity and temperature readings and will automatically transmit them to the relevant ferment log, thus relieving you of the tedium of collecting these readings.

It's early days, but I have my Tilt collecting readings and feeding them into the ferment log. Over the next couple of weeks I will be working on allowing users to easily allocate their coloured Tilt to an active ferment log to collect readings.

Once I have completed integrating the Tilt device, I will then move on to integrating iSpindel devices. They work on the same principle as Tilts, but are a fair bit cheaper.

Ferments: attaching multiple boil sessions

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09 Sep 2018
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This new release enables attaching multiple boil sessions to a single ferment. The multiple boil sessions which are then combined for a single fermentation.

The brew day readings are still linked to a particular boil session, so even though there are 2 boil sessions, all readings are completely seperate between the multiple boil sessions

The importance of fermentation over boil sessions

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18 Aug 2018
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Not a post about another site update but more a mindshift in how I view brew days and ferments.

After doing 2 brews with Govs at Black Hops, I understood it is quite common to do multiple boils and combine them into a single fermentation in commercial breweries. But the strange thing is that I have done this at home when filling my 100L barrel, so I don't know why I missed this critical viewpoint.

BC was designed to allow a single boil to one or more ferments. It does not allow multiple boil sessions to be combined into a single ferment. So I've started work completely redesigning the structure of BC to place the ferment log as the primary record-holder, and the boil session as just a bunch of readings attached to one or more ferment sessions

Events calendar: Duplicating an event to tomorrow

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15 Aug 2018
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You can now click on the "..." button on the pop-up reading form and select the "Duplicate to tomorrow" choice to copy the selected event to tomorrow. This will be useful for failed VDK readings where you want to process the same reading tomorrow, or any other events you want to duplicate to tomorrow.

Who is Brewers Chronicle

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14 Jun 2018
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I have added a page to the site outlining who I am, and my extensive experience in developing enterprise software

As uncomfortable as I am talking about myself, this will add credibility and provide confidence that this website is being developed by someone who knows how to deliver software that allows end users to get their job done, and provide confidence that tasks are being completed.

Events module release

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02 May 2018
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Another fairly big feature release. I have completed the initial release of the Events system for Brewers Chronicle.

There is now a calendar listing all your incomplete calendar items. These items can be future-dated ferment readings, or manual brew log calendar items.

You can also create a brewery calendar item, which is not connected to a brew or ferment log. These can be for non-production tasks such as cleaning, maintenance, bar or serving maintenance.

View the Events module documentation

 

Batch labels release

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23 Mar 2018
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You can now produce basic text labels from the ferment which automatically draw details from the active ferment log. I do need to decrease the label width as it wraps around the bottle a bit too much.

Advanced plans for down the road are allowing users to design the layout using stock backgrounds or uploading their own images for use in the label. You will also be able to select which pieces of info to include on the label.

Beer labels - sneak peek

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08 Mar 2018
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"Hey Angus, what are you working on now?" I hear no-one ask.

Bottle labels would be my response. One feature that had a lot of interest from my brew club was being able to produce bottle labels straight from the brew logs.

Currently the development website produces basic text labels which automatically draw details from the active ferment log. Once I'm happy with the basic features I'll publish it live so people can start trialling it.

Advanced plans for down the road are allowing users to design the layout using stock backgrounds or uploading their own images for use in the label

File uploading to brew and ferment logs

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22 Feb 2018
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I have just published drag and drop file uploading for attaching files to brew and ferment logs. At this stage the files can be anything, but the website will not use these files for anything, they will just be attached to the log.

Photos, notes, Word documents, anything can be attached.

I have also published a knowledge base article on encrypting files before uploading. This article explains encrypting, and also links to a webpage which describes encrypting and some popular paid and free tools. Some uses may like to encrypt their files prior to uploading to really secure information contained in these files.

A word of caution: I cannot decrypt files if you encrypt them and upload to the site. Make sure you keep your passwords or private key backed up somewhere safe and accessible.

Brewery details

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16 Feb 2018
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Phew, so adding brewery details and members was a much bigger job than I anticipated. Still it's great to get it completed and released. At this stage this will really only be of use to commercial breweries where they want multiple users logging into their brewery profile.

Personal users can change the name of their brewery

 
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