In my off hours I’m a homebrewer, but in my professional life I’m a software developer–I spend almost as much time thinking about making beer as I do writing code. Being an avid user of WordPress I couldn’t help but notice there wasn’t a good way to share my beer recipes in a blog post; I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I present to you my solution to displaying your beer recipes on a WordPress site: the BeerXML Shortcode plugin for WordPress. It’s a continual work in process, but I wanted to create an easy way for homebrewers like myself to show off their recipes.
Most every contemporary recipe tool allows you to export your recipe in BeerXML, so all you need to do is install the plugin, load your recipe to the website, and insert the simple shortcode into your post. Need the recipe in metric? No problem! Just add metric=true to your shortcode and it’ll display in metric.
It’s so simple to use; just point to the recipe you want to publish and it turns this snippet of text…
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|6 gal||60 min||33.2 IBUs||10.3 SRM||1.047||1.012||4.7 %|
|Name||Cat.||OG Range||FG Range||IBU||SRM||Carb||ABV|
|Best Bitter||11 B||1.04 - 1.048||1.008 - 1.012||25 - 40||8 - 16||1.6 - 2.5||3.8 - 4.6 %|
|Pale Malt, Maris Otter (Thomas Fawcett)||9 lbs||90|
|British Crystal 50/60L (Bairds)||8 oz||5|
|Pale Chocolate Malt (Thomas Fawcett)||4 oz||2.5|
|Corn Sugar (Dextrose)||4 oz||2.5|
|Goldings, East Kent||1 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||5|
|Goldings, East Kent||1 oz||30 min||Boil||Pellet||5|
|Goldings, East Kent||1 oz||5 min||Boil||Pellet||5|
|English Ale (WLP002)||White Labs||67%||65°F - 68°F|
|Mash Out||168°F||10 min|
|Download this recipe's BeerXML file|
Here is my guide on how to scale a downloaded BeerXML recipe back into to your system in BeerSmith.
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