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Could you brew beer WITHOUT a computer?

Yes, I regularly brew without a computer
9 (20%)
No way
1 (2.2%)
Maybe, but the beer would stink.
0 (0%)
Yes, but why would I?
24 (53.3%)
Only if I can also brew without pants
6 (13.3%)
Yes, if I had to.
5 (11.1%)

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Offline pinnah

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Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:35:33 PM »
I am curious if there is anyone here who does not use a computer in their homebrewing process?

I was trying to convert Denny's Noti Brown recipe in the Wiki the other day and was pulling my hair out...I think I need to update my brewing program... :-[


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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2015, 07:02:52 PM »
I started brewing before I ever owned a computer. (Hell, almost nobody owned a computer when I started brewing.) Now that I think of it, I don't believe I've ever seen a homebrewing program, even now.
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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2015, 07:08:00 PM »
I started brewing pre-brewing software.  I remember thinking it was a step up to get the calculations from Ray Daniels' DGB to do by hand. But I'm a sucker for the good software. A lot less time and grief involved.
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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2015, 07:08:56 PM »
I brew without a computer all the time, making the following allowances:

1) My recipes are generally stored in Word docs.
2) I do "on the fly" calculations on an electronic calculator
3)  I do refractometer conversions to FG using a spreadsheet.

I made the assumption that you were talking about software packages like Beersmith or Promash.  I own a copy of Beersmith 2.0 and play with it now and then but have not ever really gotten into a habit of using it all the time.

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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2015, 07:10:52 PM »
I use Beersmith.  It just makes life easy.

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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2015, 07:19:39 PM »
Interesting stuff.  I added another option that I neglected initially. ???




I brew without a computer all the time, making the following allowances:

Paul

Allowances are appropriate.   :) Thanks

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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2015, 07:25:21 PM »
1) My recipes are generally stored in Word docs
I started to write this in my initial response, but yeah, I have all my recipes saved as well, in Evernote. I have around 30 recipes, but I tend to repeat my favorite 6 or 8 of them over and over. So, really, I don't very often do anything that software would be useful for.
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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2015, 08:16:42 PM »
I started brewing before there was brewing software (1988). But, I use Beersmith now and I enjoying using it. I like to tinker with recipes.
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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2015, 08:20:54 PM »
I tend to repeat my favorite 6 or 8 of them over and over. So, really, I don't very often do anything that software would be useful for.

I think this is where I would like to be. 8)

Computers allow us to feel like we are being so precise.
Maybe we are.
Some day when I am old I hope I can just brew with gestalt and not worry too much about it.

In the meantime..I will look into beersmith.



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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2015, 08:41:16 PM »
1) My recipes are generally stored in Word docs
I started to write this in my initial response, but yeah, I have all my recipes saved as well, in Evernote. I have around 30 recipes, but I tend to repeat my favorite 6 or 8 of them over and over. So, really, I don't very often do anything that software would be useful for.

Sorry, I work with a group of people that require precision that's a bit over board.  It's hard to shift out of that some days.   ???

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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2015, 08:42:19 PM »
I'm sure I could, but I'd need a crash course in brewery math.
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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2015, 09:00:43 PM »
I'm disappointed that more are not admitting to wanting to brew without pants. No pants are the best pants.

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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2015, 09:25:31 PM »
I have only been brewing for about 18 months and I use beersmith,  I would like to get to a point where I have the time to do all the numbers work myself, but for now it helps me see theoretical changes in my finished product as I make data input changes in the program. It's not an exact science, but with about 15 all grain batches under my belt, I feel I would only have time to buy and make kits. And then normally not be happy with variations in results based on system differences. Basically it gives my untrained brewing mind a good road map
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Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2015, 09:43:40 PM »
I typically formulate the recipe on the computer and then use a calculator as I brew.
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Homebrewing in 2015
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2015, 11:26:32 PM »
I started brewing about a year or two ago. WAY into the computer support day for brewing. I can't imagine using a computer. Other than just the timer on my phone.

I like to keep it simple. Not worried about making a repeat brew EXACTLY the same. I take notes (on paper) and keep them in a binder.

I figure if Egyptians didn't have computers, I don't need them. then again, I'm not planning to ferment in clay pots either.

I also brew by the motto, Worst case, I end up with Beer, and that's better than anything I produce at the office. (And we produce some cool s*** too)


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