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General Category => Equipment and Software => Topic started by: gymrat on September 07, 2012, 10:36:39 AM

Title: Software Question
Post by: gymrat on September 07, 2012, 10:36:39 AM
Exactly what is, if any, the advantage of Beersmith over free softwares such as Brewtarget or Brewmate?
Title: Re: Software Question
Post by: BrewArk on September 07, 2012, 03:49:51 PM
Let's see, it's very robust in supporting multiple methods of brewing (BIB, decoction, etc), there's large installed base of users for advice, it's a business so support should be better.

Is that better than free?
Title: Re: Software Question
Post by: mihalybaci on September 07, 2012, 04:29:43 PM
I've tried BrewTarget briefly and QBrew (another open source recipe creator), and Beer Smith is definitely more feature rich in terms of extras (e.g. grains from specific maltings). You can download Beer Smith from the website for free and use it for a full month before you have to pay. Try it and see if you like it better than the freeware versions.
Title: Re: Software Question
Post by: tygo on September 08, 2012, 05:41:26 AM
You can download Beer Smith from the website for free and use it for a full month before you have to pay. Try it and see if you like it better than the freeware versions.

+1 This is the best advice.  I haven't used the freeware you mentioned so I can't compare them.  But with the free trial you can and decide if its worth the money.
Title: Re: Software Question
Post by: gymrat on September 08, 2012, 07:02:06 AM
I did the free trial and so far thought it looked a lot nicer, but as far as the functions, I felt Brewtarget had all but the timer. I did find Beersmith more complicated to use but I don't know if that was because I just wasn't used to it. So far I don't see any differences that are worth $27.95 but I could possibly be missing something. Which is why I asked the question.

To the first responder, what is the "base of users"?
Title: Re: Software Question
Post by: mihalybaci on September 08, 2012, 07:27:16 AM
Yeah, if you're satisfied with freeware there's no real reason to switch over. Being commercial software, Beer Smith might have more active development in terms of future features, bug fixes, and those things, whereas freeware might be less active since its essentially volunteers who do the work.

To the first responder, what is the "base of users"?

I would assume that's just referring to Beer Smith forums for advice, troubleshooting, etc.
Title: Re: Software Question
Post by: stadelman on September 08, 2012, 07:27:46 PM
I've been a happy user of Beersmith, but I've just this week been giving Brewer's Friend (http://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/l/504bfe426a67d) a try.  So far... I like it.