Monday, June 9, 2014

PIVOT

What is a pivot? A pivot is an action you take to change your business during development based on lack of demand.

I'm pivoting to something much better. Something bigger. And you won't know what it is until Friday.

Just wait and see.

Chris

Friday, February 21, 2014

HopBurp Development Status

Greetings HopBurp'ers!

I'm making lots of progress. I need only two things before I can start getting people to use the web app!


  1. Edit / Save / View Recipes
  2. A Deployment Party!

Not too bad, right?

Check out this initial picture of the interface.


Hopefully, you can get a taste of what's about to come from HopBurp.com. Each of these categories are the initial beer styles that HopBurp will help you to formulate a beer recipe. The very last option allows you to, as the name implies, start from scratch. Just throw a recipe together, develop it with every ounce of beer love you can muster and share it with friends!

I just wanted to let you know that it's coming along quite nicely which brings me to the second item on the agenda. I need to throw a deployment party. Hopefully, this will involve lots of home-brewed beer and friends and family. 

So without further ado, get your dance shoes on, think of a recipe you want to brew, sign up for HopBurp, and get ready for HopBurp deployment very, very shortly!!


-Toph

Monday, February 3, 2014

First MVP: Creating a Product

To anyone who is currently keeping up with HopBurp, the first application is in development as we speak.

I'm currently in the process of getting all the requirements ready and reviewed. Then, it's imperative that most of the functionality is removed from the initial version.

You might ask "why would you do that?"

The reason for this is simple. Getting a product out in the open is the single most important thing to do when developing a web-app. The smaller the application, the faster it will take to develop.

I've procrastinated long enough.

The first product is set for the end of the current month (February) but I see it deploying a lot sooner.

Please go to: https://www.hopburp.com/signup to create an account. I will send you an email when the BETA version of HopBurp is ready!

Are you as excited as I am?

-Toph

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sign Up Form: Now Allowing Everybody to Sign up!

Just a quick update:

I realized that users were trying to sign up for HopBurp but kept getting an error message:

"We're sorry, HopBurp isn't available in your area"

Actually, I am really sorry about this bug. Now, it is possible to sign up with HopBurp any any area. Please signup for updates at: https://www.hopburp.com

As always, thank you very much for your interest and please don't hesitate to email me if there is something you think is wrong with the operability of the website.

NOTE:

I'm collecting email addresses and zip codes for two reasons:


  1. Email addresses will be used ONLY to send updates on the site along with some freebies. I'll send things like, cool beer recipes that I've used in the past that I think created some tasty beer. Or, maybe I'll send some awesome brewing tips. The sky is the limit but I'll definitely limit the number of emails you'll receive.
  2. Zip codes will be used like a competition. If you provide a zip code and thousands of others provide zip codes in the same or surrounding area, your area will get dibs on some cool stuff. For example, "Because your zip code is one of the most popular home brewing zip codes that use HopBurp, you all get a HopBurp T-Shirt!!". The point is, I want you to tell your friends about HopBurp. And if they don't know how to brew, I want you to teach them and then get them to sign up with HopBurp!!

    My goal is to get anybody interested in brewing to learn how to brew good beer.
That's all there is at the moment as far as updates go. Please go to: https://www.hopburp.com now to sign up for updates!

-- Toph (toph@hopburp.com)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HopBurp: Introduction and Vision

PREFACE

My goal with this site is be abnormally honest about what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. This project is special because it's something I'm very passionate about -- brewing. It is my goal to create a new tool for brewers and home-brewers to help them as much as possible. I'm doing this mainly to be 100% transparent and give others opportunities to relay feedback. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with me about HopBurp.

INTRODUCTION

My name is Chris and I have an enormous passion for craft beer and brewing. So much so that I've always wanted to give something back to the brewing community. Initially, I thought that meant I was going to open a brewery. However, currently, I don't have the capital to make a profitable brewery. Also, I personally think there are too many breweries with similar business plans -- brew beer, serve beer, maybe add some food in the mix. I want something different, something better.

I'm also a computer programmer. Whether it's beer or software, I really enjoy making things. For me, it's more of a sense of expression and in some cases art, than making something useful for other people. Making software is not only challenging, but it's fun!

Then, I decided I would put my love of beer and my love of programming to make something worthwhile.

When I brew a beer for a competition, for example, I always try to develop my own. I start with the amazing book "Designing Great Beer" by Ray Daniels. I look up a beer style I want, put together the major ingredients of that beer style and calculate the ABU, SRM, and IBU using the calculations from his book. When I'm finished with the recipe, it gets brewed and that recipe begins a series of revisions until I perfect the recipe for subsequent batches.

When I ask others what they do when coming up with a recipe, I get similar answers. People take recipes or ideas from others and change them slightly.

VISION

I foresee ways to make it easier for brewers and home-brewers to develop recipes easier than ever before. I'm sick of sites and software that gives you a blank canvas allowing you put any fermentables or hops in your recipe without any guidance. Brewers need guidance to make sure they are in the beer style that they are shooting for, they need to know what different hops and malts taste like giving them the ability to know how different recipe changes effect the end-product.

This is the vision I have for HopBurp.


Please go to https://www.hopburp.com for more information