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Offline sdevries42

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Recipe designer software
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:21:59 PM »
I'm sure this topic has probably been discussed before, but I can't seem to find it. Anyone have recommendations for recipe designer software? I've been using brewmate but for some reason the numbers (mostly IBU) just don't  add up most of the time.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 07:43:36 PM »
Most like beersmith. I tried it but I'm so used to my old software that I can't switch.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 07:44:06 PM »
I love beersmith.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 07:46:00 PM »
I like Beersmith but I haven't used anything else.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014, 07:47:12 PM »
Brewer's Friend for me.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014, 09:19:27 PM »
I prefer to use an online calculator, so I can access everything whether I'm at home, work or on my smartphone. I've tried several apps, but I have been using Brewer's Friend pretty much exclusively for a couple of years now. There are frequent updates, loads of robust features, and the support (if you ever need it) is top-notch.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014, 09:36:11 PM »
I too use Brewmate, but was thinking of giving Beersmith a try.  Anyone have a good explanation of the benefits of making the move from brewmate to beensmith?

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2014, 04:46:11 AM »
I'm currently using ProMash, but I've used Brewer's Friend and Beersmith before. Any of these do a fine job.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2014, 05:10:32 AM »
I've used the Brewzor app for my Android phone, but I prefer BeerSmith (v2). It does everything well, supports customization to fit my process and equipment, and has a well-integrated Android app and cloud storage capability.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2014, 05:30:15 AM »
I use Brewtarget.  It is an open source software the runs on multiple OSes (Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD).  I personally have it setup on FreeBSD and because I can secure shell into the machine, I can run the software remotely, but display it locally.  So, I don't need to be in front of the machine to tinker with recipes.  I've found it works really well, and its calculations are pretty spot on.  It also supports BeerXML. 

http://www.brewtarget.org/

The developers are constantly working on the code and fixing bugs.  It is not perfect yet, but it is stable and getting better with each release.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2014, 05:55:02 AM »
I use Promash and have used it for 8 years.  I have a copy of Beer Smith, but haven't gotten around to figuring out how to use it.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2014, 06:06:16 PM »
I started out with Qbrew, it was pretty good. Then I tried Brewmate, I really liked this one. Used it for quite awhile. I Finally got Beersmith and I have to admit, at first I didn't like it. Mostly because I didn't totally understand how to use all the components. Once I wrapped my brain around it and got my Equipment profile setup correctly, I really like it. The IBU, Gravity and color adjustments are awesome when you're trying to resize a recipe or dial in a clone recipe.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2014, 06:51:25 PM »
If I didn't already have 634 recipes in StrangeBrew (excellent but antiquated software), I would certainly go with BeerSmith.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2014, 05:22:54 AM »
Does BeerSmith allow one to set the OG, input the grains as %'s, and let the software figure out the grain bill weights?
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2014, 06:32:57 AM »

Does BeerSmith allow one to set the OG, input the grains as %'s, and let the software figure out the grain bill weights?
sort of but backwards, you simply enter the grains and then click the percentages button and put whatever percentage you want in, once that's done you can adjust the gravity accordingly.
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