Me, I'm Counting

Just labelled two cases of Me, I’m Counting, my Dubbel that was supposed to be a Tripel (there were problems with efficiency).

My first iOS app: Beer Styles

Beer Styles on the iPhone and iPad

I’m happy to announce that my first iOS app, Beer Styles, is now available on the App Store.

The app might not be very useful if you’re not into homebrewing, or at least into beer. Beer Styles wraps up the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines in a pleasing interface on the iPhone and iPad.


  • Charts for OG, FG, IBUs, SRM, and ABV
  • A visual representation of SRM colours
  • Print the guidelines for individual styles
  • Share style guidelines (with links to the official BJCP website)

Beer Styles is a native app built for iOS 8 with Swift. Due to a combination of arcane technical reasons and laziness on my part, iOS 8 is required.

I built Beer Styles to scratch my own itch, but hopefully a few other people will find it useful too…

Beer Styles on the App Store

Brewing a Tripel today

Brewing a Tripel today

Labelling my latest brew: Beats Working (recipe by @tomkontra)

Labelling my latest brew: Beats Working (recipe by @tomkontra)

Brewdog Helsinki spotted (at Flow Festival)

Brewdog Helsinki spotted (at Flow Festival)

Three books on brewing

Here’s a few books I read recently about beer making, and (briefly) what I thought of them (in no particular order).

The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer

by Ronald Pattinson

Vintage Beer book cover

Relatively quick overviews of where our modern beer styles came from and what the contemporary beers would have been like. Absolutely chock full of historic recipes. Highly recommended despite some lax editing here and there.

Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation

by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff

Yeast book cover

A great guide to what yeast does in beer making. Some of the “sciency” bits went over my head but there’s enough practical information throughout the book to make this a worthwhile read to any intermediate to advanced/pro brewer.

Authored by Chris White (of White Labs) with Jamil Zainasheff (, so you can be pretty sure they know what they’re talking about.

American Sour Beer

by Michael Tonsmeire

American Sour Beer book cover

A great overview of the history of sour beers, sour beer producing craft brewers in the US, and a guide to different sour brewing techniques. Highly recommended to any brewer interested in brewing sour beers, whatever their skill level.

Full disclosure: All the book links go to my book price comparison site, Piranhas. If you buy a book via Piranhas, I get a small commission (usually ~5%).

Doing some experimental beer planning/tasting with a liquorice root infusion and assorted beers

Doing some experimental beer planning/tasting with a liquorice root infusion and assorted beers

Abstract braai

Abstract braai