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Spreadsheets and art

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Last Monday was our second attempt at a partial mash, this time the goal was 5 gallons of the “Breakfast Stout.” After spending the previous week pouring over Ray Daniel’s “Designing Great Beers” I had begun constructing what is evolving into a true work of art – the beer spreadsheet.

Just enter a few parameters, and it spits out water volumes, GU’s, IBU’s, etc. For some reason, I never looked at an Excel spreadsheet as a blank canvas, begging for life and meaning. But there’s something about a table which automatically populates my grain bill that has changed all that.

In all seriousness, it has become clear to me that making beer is a remarkable balance of art and science, and I have much to learn about both. And I think that’s why I’m having so much fun brewing.

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