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#1 Post by Loren Sonkin » January 30th, 2016, 5:00 am

Does anyone keep a running inventory of their beers. I know there are a lot of places to keep track of their beers consumed. I use Untappd. But how about Inventory? Does anyone use CellarTracker for Inventory or notes (I don't even know if you can)? Any other software or apps?
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#2 Post by Andrew Hall » January 30th, 2016, 5:04 am

We don't fully support beers in CT, but plenty of people do track beers (and spirits.) I don't actively work that data for consistency or accuracy, but will help anyone that asks or reports an issue.
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#3 Post by Loren Sonkin » January 30th, 2016, 7:14 am

Andrew Hall wrote:We don't fully support beers in CT, but plenty of people do track beers (and spirits.) I don't actively work that data for consistency or accuracy, but will help anyone that asks or reports an issue.
Do people post their tasting notes?
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#4 Post by Andrew Hall » January 30th, 2016, 8:31 am

A bit over 2K notes total and about 750 last year, so not heavily.
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#5 Post by Scott Butler » February 1st, 2016, 7:38 am

Loren Sonkin wrote:
Andrew Hall wrote:We don't fully support beers in CT, but plenty of people do track beers (and spirits.) I don't actively work that data for consistency or accuracy, but will help anyone that asks or reports an issue.
Do people post their tasting notes?
I know Brian Grafstrom has posted some Cantillon tasting notes on there.

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#6 Post by Tom D » February 1st, 2016, 2:00 pm

Loren Sonkin wrote:Does anyone keep a running inventory of their beers. I know there are a lot of places to keep track of their beers consumed. I use Untappd. But how about Inventory? Does anyone use CellarTracker for Inventory or notes (I don't even know if you can)? Any other software or apps?
I use CT for beer inventory but not notes. Easy Peasy to use.
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#7 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » February 1st, 2016, 2:44 pm

I use CT for beer ... perhaps more than any other user.
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#8 Post by Michael Martin » February 1st, 2016, 4:54 pm

I've used it for spirits, whiskeys and the like.

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#9 Post by RyanC » February 1st, 2016, 5:56 pm

I think I'm going to start. Just posted a note on 2015 Cantillon Kriek -- which incidentally was delicious, if young.
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#10 Post by Mike Stoneking » February 1st, 2016, 6:41 pm

Have all of my beers in there, and boy do I have a stash of beer. [wow.gif]
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#11 Post by c fu » February 2nd, 2016, 6:02 pm

I use it for inventory. Don't often post notes on it thi
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#12 Post by joe d. » February 11th, 2016, 1:51 pm

There's a site called CellarHQ for beer, I signed up but haven't used it. I do have a some beers in CT because i think it's easier to have everything in one place. Plus it's called Cellar Tracker not Wine Tracker so why not put everything there.
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#13 Post by Ian Sutton » February 22nd, 2016, 1:12 pm

There is ratebeer (no connections etc.) for TNs (and whilst they also fall into the trap of scoring, I prefer the lower key 5 point rating)

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#14 Post by jhemming » March 1st, 2018, 5:18 pm

Bump - curious who else is using untappd. I have been using it pretty regularly over the past year or so. Name - jhemming


Are people still using CT to keep track of cellared bottles? Or something else?
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#15 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 2nd, 2018, 8:55 am

I still use CT for ageable beers. I quit Untappd after a year or so when I realized I wasn't getting anything out of it.
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#16 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » March 3rd, 2018, 4:47 pm

We use CT for ageable beer and for spirits. I'd bet my husband has singled-handedly created more whisky entries in CT than any other user.

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#17 Post by Joe Chanley » March 4th, 2018, 7:43 am

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#18 Post by Rick Allen » March 4th, 2018, 3:05 pm

The three beer rating platforms that I've seen are Untappd, Rate Beer, and Beer Advocate. If you are looking at aggregate ratings, Rate Beer is probably the most reliable, followed closely by Beer Advocate. Untappd is pretty much worthless.

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#19 Post by c fu » March 5th, 2018, 3:08 pm

untappd is just a circle jerk for "ticking" beers.
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#20 Post by Joe Chanley » March 5th, 2018, 3:15 pm

Not sure why it’s worthless. I follow a lot of people who’s palates I trust and find their notes/scores helpful. In that way, it’s very similar to CT for me.

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#21 Post by Rick Allen » March 5th, 2018, 5:51 pm

If you can dig through all the BS, it's OK. People on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer take things a lot more seriously. You don't see people downgrading a beer because their girlfriend dumped him while he was drinking it.

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#22 Post by c fu » March 6th, 2018, 10:50 am

Joe Chanley wrote:Not sure why it’s worthless. I follow a lot of people who’s palates I trust and find their notes/scores helpful. In that way, it’s very similar to CT for me.
Vast majority of the check ins have no notes just stars. Even if they have words they are barely notes or anything more than a superficial line or two.
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#23 Post by jhemming » March 6th, 2018, 11:13 am

c fu wrote:
Joe Chanley wrote:Not sure why it’s worthless. I follow a lot of people who’s palates I trust and find their notes/scores helpful. In that way, it’s very similar to CT for me.
Vast majority of the check ins have no notes just stars. Even if they have words they are barely notes or anything more than a superficial line or two.
Totally agree. I like to use to spy on friends to see what they are sharing without me and occasionally see what is being offered up locally. That being said I find it an easy way to keep track of my own consumption.
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#24 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 6th, 2018, 7:07 pm

c fu wrote:untappd is just a circle jerk for "ticking" beers.
It took me a little while to figure it out, but this is pretty much the same conclusion I came to.
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#25 Post by Joe Raymond » March 9th, 2018, 3:07 pm

Holy crap!! I just saw this thread and realized CT does beer tracking? MIND BLOWN!!! Looks like I got some work to do this weekend........
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#26 Post by c fu » March 11th, 2018, 11:34 pm

Joe Raymond wrote:Holy crap!! I just saw this thread and realized CT does beer tracking? MIND BLOWN!!! Looks like I got some work to do this weekend........
It can really track anything, most of the time you need to input your own data
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#27 Post by Andrew Hall » March 12th, 2018, 3:47 am

c fu wrote:
Joe Raymond wrote:Holy crap!! I just saw this thread and realized CT does beer tracking? MIND BLOWN!!! Looks like I got some work to do this weekend........
It can really track anything, most of the time you need to input your own data
Yes and no. We do have a lot of beers (and other things) and I am glad to help add them. Attempting a label capture is the best way to proceed and then using the report/can't find match if it fails. I usually get those entered in <24 hrs. You can also email to newwine@cellartracker.com . I kind of prefer you take these options as it avoids the issue below.

What we don't really do is spend as much effort as wines to ensure that items are only listed in one form and are as accurate as possible. So if you enter a beer with just a proprietary name (CoolMildlyOffensiveBeer Name) and someone else enters it as proprietary name + type (CoolMildlyOffensiveBeerName Oatmeal Stout), we probably aren't going to find this and consolidate them. In other word, tracking for inventory will be fine whereas shared tasting notes are not always going to be there.

We won't even touch issues like where beers like Brew Dog's or Mikkeller's should be placed in geography. I am not spending time tracking those down. Or what the variety of some beers really should be. There are limitations to torquing the CellarTracker structure to handle non-wines. All of the above applies to spirits as well.
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#28 Post by Joe Raymond » March 12th, 2018, 2:02 pm

Makes sense Andrew but still cool for tracking inventory and your own notes on a beer or spirit so you can track it over time just like wine. Inventoried my beer and was surprised how much I had!!
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#29 Post by AndrewH » March 13th, 2018, 10:18 am

Joe Raymond wrote:Holy crap!! I just saw this thread and realized CT does beer tracking? MIND BLOWN!!! Looks like I got some work to do this weekend........
+1. Didn't realize it has a beer glass logo for beers . . .

(I now expect a debate to rage as to whether there should be different beer glass icons depending on the 'appropriate' glass - stein, Kolsch, Pilsner, chalice, etc.)
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#30 Post by Eric LeVine » March 13th, 2018, 1:44 pm

AndrewH wrote:
Joe Raymond wrote:Holy crap!! I just saw this thread and realized CT does beer tracking? MIND BLOWN!!! Looks like I got some work to do this weekend........
+1. Didn't realize it has a beer glass logo for beers . . .

(I now expect a debate to rage as to whether there should be different beer glass icons depending on the 'appropriate' glass - stein, Kolsch, Pilsner, chalice, etc.)
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#31 Post by c fu » March 14th, 2018, 9:46 am

Joe Raymond wrote:Makes sense Andrew but still cool for tracking inventory and your own notes on a beer or spirit so you can track it over time just like wine. Inventoried my beer and was surprised how much I had!!
same. inspired me to sell a bunch. Ha.
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#32 Post by Michae1 P0wers » March 14th, 2018, 12:07 pm

I wish CT were more widely used for beer. I also find untappd useless. The other two are somewhat less useless, if only because I can more quickly find a decent note for most beers. Overall the fact that there are three competitors and no real consistency in model of use makes the whole endeavor relatively unreliable.

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