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BeerSmith Software => Suggestions => Topic started by: hoboscratch on December 15, 2011, 09:32:27 AM

Title: notes in inventory section
Post by: hoboscratch on December 15, 2011, 09:32:27 AM
I like to re-use yeast and think it would be nice to see the ability to add notes to an inventory item. This way I can put down the harvest date, if it was reused once, twice, etc.
Title: Re: notes in inventory section
Post by: tom_hampton on December 16, 2011, 08:27:32 PM

I farm yeast and have a similar issue.   There is a field for what you are asking: "Times Cultured".  The problem here is that its a field for the yeast item, not the inventory item.  You can adjust this in the recipe, but I don't see much point in that. 

I've settled on the following workaround:

When I culture, or wash yeast...I make a copy of the original yeast in "yeasts", and change the lab to myself "hampton labs".  Then I increment the "times cultured" field, set the package date, and update the inventory qty.  If I'm reculturing from my own stock I do the same thing.  So, I have one inventory item for each generation I have in the freezer.

When it comes time to prepare to make a recipe, I a)  Copy the recipe to the brewlog, b) Edit the recipe, and change the yeast to one of my generations of yeast from inventory, c) make any other changes before I brew, d) remove recipe from inventory, right before I brew.

It works, and I'm not sure if there really is a better way.  The key point is to always move the yeast through inventory.