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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2014, 07:27:15 AM »
I've been using brewmate but for some reason the numbers (mostly IBU) just don't  add up most of the time.

I wouldn't assume that a change in software will fix anything. By and large, they don't do math any differently, so if you give a different program the same inputs you'll probably get the same output. Better to figure out the root cause of your issue(s).

No one else has mentioned it, so I'll put in a recommendation for Beer Tools. Best interface of the bunch IMHO.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2014, 09:10:36 AM »
Thinking about brewing software as "recipe design software" overreaches what the software will do. It won't design the recipe for you, it's just going to help you with the math to figure out basic attributes.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2014, 05:09:29 PM »
Thinking about brewing software as "recipe design software" overreaches what the software will do. It won't design the recipe for you, it's just going to help you with the math to figure out basic attributes.

+1  The recipe design software that I use is between my ears.   :)
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2014, 10:13:04 AM »
I just developed my own excel spreadsheet with the help of a few good brewing reference books containing the formulas I needed to calculate OG, IBU's, FG and ABV based on attenuation rates, amount of water needed, strike temps, etc. 

I basically know what style of beer I want to make, and research/look up the typical OG/FG range, types and amounts of ingredients for a given style, etc. and then develop and fine tune my own recipe.  It works as well as it needs to.
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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2014, 08:58:29 PM »
I gave Beersmith a try and really liked it. The data input seems to be more customizable as I can change the %alpha and beta of the hops based on what my LHBS supplies. I think not being able to correct for this is one of the problems I was having with brewmate.

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Re: Recipe designer software
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2014, 04:17:43 AM »
I use Beer Tools Pro for Mac and have always been fairly happy with it. I just signed up for a trial of Brewer's Friend and I'm diggin' it. I might have to give in to the subscription fee, which I'm not really diggin'.