Although I understand the desire to keep in-depth records, I'm opting for a simple system. If it gets too involved, I'll find myself getting lazy with it and next thing I know I won't use it at all. I'm afraid, for me, the numbering system you've described would be that way.
I track my hives using a system similar to the way Joel describes his. That way, if one of my colonies is low on brood, for example, I can go right back to it on my next trip. It doesn't require any mental translation on my part....an important quality when you reach my age.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson