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Title: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: brewmonk on February 14, 2013, 10:30:54 AM
I'm finding that templates in MS Word and Excel are getting cumbersome.
So who uses what?  ProMash seems to be the most common one I see online, but BeerSmith claims to be good for professionals too.  Are there others that are solid, and is there anything I should "look for" in brewing software?
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: In The Sand on February 14, 2013, 01:15:27 PM
I use Beer Smith with no issues.  I could definitely see how using Excel could be onerous.  I've heard of others using ProMash as well.  See this thread (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=14710.msg187170#msg187170) for more input from the pros.
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: jeremy0209 on February 14, 2013, 01:53:02 PM
I use Beersmith to design the recipe and give me all the necessary calculations, but I use Excel to document the process and end result....for me, it's much easier to create a new tab for each new batch.  To be fair, I've been using the same Excel spreadsheet since batch no. 1 and I'm not ready to give it up, but Beersmith has helped me tremendously in the recipe design and alteration phase.
Title: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: majorvices on February 14, 2013, 02:30:48 PM
I'm using BeerTools Pro for 10-15 bbls batches.
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: anthony on February 15, 2013, 03:23:20 AM
I'm using Promash for recipe/brew session, Excel for taxes, costing, etc.
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: tschmidlin on February 15, 2013, 06:31:01 AM
I use beersmith for 2 bbl batches.
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: theoman on February 15, 2013, 07:33:58 AM
I'm using BeerTools Pro for 10-15 bbls batches.

There's one box checked for when I go pro.
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on February 15, 2013, 02:00:17 PM
I'm using BeerTools Pro for 10-15 bbls batches.

There's one box checked for when I go pro.

+1  It's what I've always used and I really like it.  I've already begun scaling my recipes.   8)
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: reverseapachemaster on February 15, 2013, 02:43:29 PM
I have received a few recipes from breweries in excel format. I'm not sure if they use excel to build the recipes (probably not) but the excel spreadsheets are more of a worksheet/check list for each brew day.

Probably easier to aggregate data from multiple brew days in excel spreadsheets than promash or beersmith.
Title: Re: Pro Brewing Software
Post by: nateo on February 15, 2013, 06:43:58 PM
The cost-keeping features of Beersmith are pretty limited, and kind of a pain to keep updated. If all of your cost-accounting is done in Excel, I don't think there's an easy way to get them (Beersmith and Excel) to talk to each other.

Does Beer Tools Pro spit out excel sheets with cost info?