10/28/2016

We are not assosciated with Blichmann Engineering or their product BrewVision in anyway. All rights belong to their respective owners. Feel free to check them out, they make pretty awesome quality stuff.

About

What is Brew Vision? This is a good question and at the moment, one with a changing answer every time is gets asked because we are in beta. (Beta basically means that there are bugs and more features on the way, the system is very young and evolving at a rapid pace) Brew Vision at the moment is a homebrewery planning tool that will users keep track of how much beer they have, how much beer they are going to have, and how much beer they should have. It allows you to plan brews from current to into the future. It has a "Pipeline" tool that will guess when you brews will be at various stages and estimate when they will run out. We provide a number of digital tap list options (more on the way) to help you display your brews and log when drinks are taken. You can easily set up this system with a cheapo used $50 tablet, and since our application is all web based it can run on windows / mac / android all without issues. You are able to set up Untappd integration as well so when you log a drink in our system it will automatically log it for you on Untappd.

Future Plans

We are moving a bit slower these days but the project is still alive. Recipe builder is up and running, we still need to link these to brews and add a brew day log system. There are a few bugs that are being worked out in the builder but it should work for 95% of things. Adding a inventory management for grains and hops would be pretty nice as well. Lots of hopes and dreams for the future.

Cheers and welcome to the family,
Brew Vision Team

Most of the settings don't really need a explanation. Many are just profile defaults and setting to help customize your time on brew vision. These are the basic account settings, you can upload a brewery logo to show on your tap list, set time zone and enable Untappd Integration. There are also links to set up your custom measurements if you have any, and add additional drinkers to your system. Please view those specific sections of the manual for additional information. In the Profile Settings there is also a tab for Recipe settings, at the moment those are not in use but will be soon as we being to add ingredient management to the system and work on the recipe builder. More information will be posted here as they become used.

Every brewer is different, this is why we allow the ability for everyone to have custom serving and batch measurements. Some brewers enjoy regularly serving 4 oz samples, others think anything under 750ml is a waste. Some brewers use metric, some brewers have no idea what metric is. The custom measurements allows you to tailor serving and batch measurements to you. Say you want to measure your batches in 12oz units, this is awesome if you bottle since you can just count how many bottles a batch made, for those who keg though, measuring in 12 oz units would be really hard and they probably prefer to measure in liters or gallons.
You can add new measurements at any time, just give your new measurement a name (12oz, Liter, My favorite Mug, etc) and then tell us what that measurement is in ml. Don't worry this is the only time you are going to have to tell us the mL, we use this number a lot behind the scenes to track all sorts of information about your beer and it allows you to have w/e measurements you want. Google makes conversion really easy, just Google "(your measurement) to mL" and it should get you a number pretty fast.
To delete measurements you don't want to use or never plan on using, simple click the delete button. If the delete button is not there it is because you have something in the system using that measurement. It could either be one of the defaults in profile settings or you possibly have a package using that measurement or drinks logged with that measurement. You must first delete those if you really wish to delete the measurement. In general you should hardly ever delete things in the system, delete is reserved for accidents or things that never happened. In the screen shot above, you can see that the delete button is only showing up on the 4oz measurement, this is because I user or have used all the others. The more data you have in the system the better the system will work for you.

Drinkers are people who drink your brews. They can be you, common friends, family or whoever you want. They are used so you can log stats on who is drinking how much and how often. You can tie drinkers to the respective untappd account so that when you or they drink and log it in the system it will auto log in untappd for them for free (more about how to tie up multiple Untappd accounts in the Untappd section). We have some cool fun charting set up on the drinkers detail page that shows how much of each brew they have drank and when they drank it. Drinkers are assigned a color that will help them quickly click their user when logging a drink. To Delete a drinker, all drinks by that drinker must be deleted. You can change the name or color of a drinker at any time. By default there is 2 drinkers, you and guest.

Brews are sorted by Active, Future and Past. Most fields on brews at the moment are used for logging and display on the tap lists. Brew Date is the date you brewed the beer or when you plan on brewing the beer, Fermenting and Conditioning time are used to help the pipeline estimate when beers will be ready and drank etc. The time measurement (day, week, month, etc) is configurable via profile settings. Once you add brews they will show up on the pipeline. To delete a brew you must delete all its packages. You can add information to brews as it becomes known. The style list on brews is configured via the styles page so you can add styles that are not there by default. Charting color is used for display purposes and is not intended to be the brews SRM how ever if you want to chart or display the beer by its color we have configured a SRM drop down lost that will help you pick the right color. Once a beer is brewed and done fermenting and ready to be kegged or bottled, you package it. More on that in the packaging tab.

Styles at the moment are only used on brews. They will be used for recipe building in the future thats why they have so many fields. When you add a new style please fill out when you can. Feel free to reference the BJCP Styles for more information on all the attributes.

Packages are packaged brew. Once a brew has been brewed and fermentation is complete, you must package it. Brew vision has a pretty robust and yet simple package system. Once a brew is past its brew day, it will get a package button next to it on the grid. Clicking this button will take you to the create a package screen. Fill out the date you packaged (kegged or bottled) fill out how much was packaged. You can choose to measure in any custom quantity of you choice, this make it super simple if you bottle since you can measure in say 12 oz quantities so you basically have to just enter a bottle count.

If you split packaging, say brew 10 gallons and package into 2 5 gallon kegs we have the ability to do that as well. Or if you bottle in half 12 oz bottles and half 20oz bottles and want to keep them separate you can do that also. Our split packaging system will even work well if you have a sour barrel and only pull off a couple gallons each year. If you go back to where the package button was there will be the ability to split package. This will basically allow you to create a second package off the same beer and you can do this as many times as you want.
Packages are assigned names to help you identify what package you are dealing with. Most of the time the package is simple the name of the brew. However if you bottle it will say the bottle size next to the name, example Brew "ESB" when bottled might be displayed as "ESB 12oz". If you split a brew and they are both kegged, in this example lets say you brewed up 10 gallons and put it into 2 5 gallon kegs. Depending on their state the brew name might have a [K] or a [K #] in the name identifying that it is kegged and identifying the keg ID if there are multiple kegs. If it is on tap it will have a [T] next to the name. These are simply an aid in helping you know what package you are logging against.
Until you take your first drink off a package the Pipeline will assume it is aging. (More on how the pipeline works in its section)

Drinks are critical for keeping the system up to date with inventory and giving it stats to predict when a brew will be gone. We have several views and ways you can log a drink, with more on the way. All current methods can be located under the drink tab with the exception of QR codes that are located on packages. QR Codes are provided for each package and give a link to a page where you can manually fill out the time, drinker and amount. These are great if you want to print them out on bottle labels or stickers to place on top of the beer caps.
The basic log drink view, as shown above is our original way to log a drink. There is a easy to read graph that shows current available brews and a simple system that is touch screen friendly to fill out required information. The intent of these views is so you can log a drink as soon as it happens. Ideally you can place an old or cheap tablet on you kegerator or near your cellar, and use it every time to take a drink, like a check out system. In your profile settings you can also share enable sharing to your tap lists so your friends can see whats on tap. Here is a link to mine as an example of what you can share. My TapList


At the moment we also have several full screen tap lists that are great for displaying information about what is on tap and how much is left, along with the simple to use logging interface. You can also upload a logo to make it even more custom.
The third way to log a drink is in our drink management section. Here you can manually set the date as well in case you forgot to log a drink the evening before.
If you have everything for Untappd set up correctly, as soon as you log a drink it will also log it for you on Untappd for free. (More about this in the Untappd section)
Untappd integration allows brew vision to checkin on your behalf when you log a drink in our system. To get Untappd integration up and running please do the following.
  • Go to your profile settings and link your account by clicking the button and allowing us access to post on your behalf
  • Then Go to your drinker and tie your account to that drinker
  • If others have drinkers on your account they can tie their drinkers to their respective untappd accounts as well. (You may have to log out of untappd before you tie additional drinkers to their Untappd accounts so they are able to sign in to their account)
  • Then go to your packaged brews, on the edit page you can search and link them to their untapped counterpart
  • Before you are able to search you must first go to Untappd and add your beer on their site (Sorry their API does not allow us to do that upon your behalf)
  • Now any time you drink a beer in the system with a drinker tied to Untappd and on a beer you have linked, it will automatically Checkin on Untapped for that drinker!
  • More features on the way, especially when we get our commercial beers inventory up and running. Rating and comments also on the way.

the pipeline is one of the coolest features in my opinion and was one of the main reason the site was originally created. basically what it does is pools all your data and determines the stages of all your brews and can even estimate when a brew will be gone. this allows you to plan your brew days and always have a pipeline of beer coming so you don't run out.>
Brews are sorted by On tap first followed by brew date. The exception is if you split a batch and have one keg on tap and others not on tap, the one on tap will show followed directly by other packages of the same brew.
Fermenting time and conditioning time are determined by fields you filled out on the Brew page. Or by actual dates such as package date and date the first drink was taken.
Determination for how long a drink will last is calculated off a lot of stats. Until you have 5 drinks logged on a specific package it determines based on an account wide average of how fast you drink. However once you have 5 drinks logged on a specific package it will estimate using only stats on that package. That way if you regularly drink kegs in 2 months but you brew a keg of RIS and drink it much slower after the first 5 drinks are logged it will begin to estimate the finished time a lot more accurately for that specific brew.
Pipelines can also be shared publicly much like the tap lists. You can enable or disable this setting and get a link to your specific brew in the Profile Settings. Here is a link to my pipeline for a live demo. Pipeline
You can now keep track of all your brewing ingredients in the inventory section. Hops, Yeast, Fermentables, Misc and Commercial Beers. This is some pertty basic functionality so documentation will be lax for now. Basically you can add items to you inventory and then add and remove from them. We plan on integrating the recipe builder with this so you are able to see if you have all the ingredients for a given recipe and have the ability to have a recipe remove its ingredients out of your inventory.
Commercial beers have untappd integration and have the ability to Checkin if you want, they will use the main untappd account that is tied up to your profile settings.
  • Commercial Beer Inventory With Untappd Integration
  • Yeast Inventory / Management
  • Hops Inventory / Management
  • Misc Inventory / Management
  • Fermentables Inventory / Management
  • Drinks Management now sorted by date
  • New Home Page
  • Tons of documentation on how to use current features
  • A few bugs mainly fixing cookies to keep you logged in
Untappd Integration Phase 1 has started. Check out the Untappd section for more info.
  • Brews can now have w/e name (remove alpha numeric restrictions)
  • Tons more Profile Settings, most are not in use yet but will be soon
  • Tons of DB changes to pave the way for recipe builder and everything else on feature request list
  • Styles Are Now Editable (Styles were lost on already created brews, sorry for the minor inconvenience)
  • Packages can have their own quantity measurement, bottles now have measurement in their name
  • You can now share your pipeline and tap lists publicly! Example: My Stuff -> My TapList My Pipeline
  • Notifications can now be deleted
  • Untapped API key was approved, now working on integration for drink logging
  • Removed hard to click check boxes
  • Menu should work much better on mobile
  • Login Cookie should now stay remembered
  • Started tabbing out grid views, such as brews and packages
  • Fermenting and conditioning time are now configurable for brews Profile Settings
  • Menu bar has been updated so you have a preview of what is on the way
  • Lots more minor bugs and UI tweaks
  • Adjusted pipeline logic a bit for brews on tap and kegged brews
  • Fixed layout of pipeline on mobile
  • Tried to do some spelling errors / type cleanup
  • Fermenting and Conditioning Time on brews are now days not weeks (May make this configurable depending on feedback received)
  • Fixed Broken Donation Link, A big thank you to everyone who has helped donate already
  • More UI Bugs / Cleanup (No Known bugs as of posting)
  • Began Work on Documentation and Plan to make some tutorial videos this weekend.
  • Full Screen Tap List Optimized for Tablets ( $50 digital tap list on their kegerator anyone?)
  • Started Adding More Brew Detail Fields
  • Brew Image and Notes
  • Brewery Logo, Currently Used in tap list
  • Better Error management, should auto send report to Admins
  • Various UI Bugs and Cleanup
  • Ability to split brews into multiple packages.
  • Fixed retroactively adding drinks not removing quantity from packages
  • Drink Tab is now ordered by Tap Name, then by bottled beer name
  • Various UI Bugs
  • Google Calendar Integration
  • API for logging drinks
  • Email notification system (brew day, package, etc, multiple emails to send to / notify if taps or pipeline gets new items)
  • Custom URLs for tap page and pipeline