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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2016, 07:48:43 am »
I guess I feel the same way in that I haven't tried any others so I don't know what Steve means by the workflow of brewing.
I feel that once I click the brew button, I should get s page that has all the data presented. Not a page that tells me to clean my gear and mill my grains followed by a mash only page, etc. if I can enter a beer on one screen, let me brew a beer on one screen.

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2016, 07:52:14 am »
I guess I feel the same way in that I haven't tried any others so I don't know what Steve means by the workflow of brewing.
I feel that once I click the brew button, I should get s page that has all the data presented. Not a page that tells me to clean my gear and mill my grains followed by a mash only page, etc. if I can enter a beer on one screen, let me brew a beer on one screen.
I see. I just use the recipe calculator and print the recipe.
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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2016, 09:02:07 am »
For anyone who downloaded my Excel sheet, I found an error in PPG calculation for sugars and corrected it.

Was this PPG fix included in your "new version" post here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346642#msg346642

I've compared, as best I can, what is currently linked in your signature and the 'new version' I snagged the other day and they seem identical.  So I'm thinking either A) the PPG fix is already in the version you posted on the 20th, or B) you haven't linked to the newest, bug-fixed version yet.

BTW, it might be time to start using some versioning in your spreadsheet just so it's easier to communicate about it at times like these. So far, it would seem you've had:
v1.1c: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346456#msg346456
v1.21c: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346642#msg346642
v1.22c: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346822#msg346822

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2016, 12:25:37 pm »
For anyone who downloaded my Excel sheet, I found an error in PPG calculation for sugars and corrected it.

Was this PPG fix included in your "new version" post here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346642#msg346642

I've compared, as best I can, what is currently linked in your signature and the 'new version' I snagged the other day and they seem identical.  So I'm thinking either A) the PPG fix is already in the version you posted on the 20th, or B) you haven't linked to the newest, bug-fixed version yet.

BTW, it might be time to start using some versioning in your spreadsheet just so it's easier to communicate about it at times like these. So far, it would seem you've had:
v1.1c: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346456#msg346456
v1.21c: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346642#msg346642
v1.22c: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=26654.msg346822#msg346822

The one in my tag line is current. I won't be tracking improvements on my end. Feel free to change whatever you like or PM me with questions.

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2016, 03:50:56 pm »
The one in my tag line is current. I won't be tracking improvements on my end. Feel free to change whatever you like or PM me with questions.
See, this is what happened when Palmer put How to Brew online. He unintentionally published a book and then had to revise it.

"Thank you for calling RPIScotty technical support. For English, press 1. Para assistance en espanol, oprima numero dos."

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2016, 04:22:53 pm »
The one in my tag line is current. I won't be tracking improvements on my end. Feel free to change whatever you like or PM me with questions.
See, this is what happened when Palmer put How to Brew online. He unintentionally published a book and then had to revise it.

"Thank you for calling RPIScotty technical support. For English, press 1. Para assistance en espanol, oprima numero dos."

That's funny!

Really though, I'd be happy and humbled to help anyone who wanted to use the sheet and had questions or wanted to contact me about it. Anytime.
« Last Edit: April 22, 2016, 04:24:36 pm by RPIScotty »

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2016, 04:24:30 pm »
The one in my tag line is current. I won't be tracking improvements on my end. Feel free to change whatever you like or PM me with questions.
See, this is what happened when Palmer put How to Brew online. He unintentionally published a book and then had to revise it.

"Thank you for calling RPIScotty technical support. For English, press 1. Para assistance en espanol, oprima numero dos."

That's funny!

Really though, I'd be happy and humbled to f anyone who wanted to use the sheet had questions and wanted to contact me about it. Anytime.
I'm going to start asking you questions in Spanish just for grins ;)

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2016, 04:40:07 pm »
The one in my tag line is current. I won't be tracking improvements on my end. Feel free to change whatever you like or PM me with questions.
See, this is what happened when Palmer put How to Brew online. He unintentionally published a book and then had to revise it.

"Thank you for calling RPIScotty technical support. For English, press 1. Para assistance en espanol, oprima numero dos."

That's funny!

Really though, I'd be happy and humbled to f anyone who wanted to use the sheet had questions and wanted to contact me about it. Anytime.
I'm going to start asking you questions in Spanish just for grins ;)

"Please see Excel help file en espanol...."

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2016, 05:22:42 pm »
I am a big fan of BeerSmith v2

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #39 on: April 23, 2016, 06:33:32 am »
I am hand writing recipes and doing hand calculations.

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #40 on: April 23, 2016, 08:29:35 am »
I guess I feel the same way in that I haven't tried any others so I don't know what Steve means by the workflow of brewing.
I feel that once I click the brew button, I should get s page that has all the data presented. Not a page that tells me to clean my gear and mill my grains followed by a mash only page, etc. if I can enter a beer on one screen, let me brew a beer on one screen.
I see. I just use the recipe calculator and print the recipe.
Same here. I write down all my numbers on the recipe sheet and then key it into the brew log later. I'm too much of a slob to trust myself using electronic devices while brewing.
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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #41 on: April 23, 2016, 09:22:18 am »
I guess I feel the same way in that I haven't tried any others so I don't know what Steve means by the workflow of brewing.
I feel that once I click the brew button, I should get s page that has all the data presented. Not a page that tells me to clean my gear and mill my grains followed by a mash only page, etc. if I can enter a beer on one screen, let me brew a beer on one screen.
I see. I just use the recipe calculator and print the recipe.
Same here. I write down all my numbers on the recipe sheet and then key it into the brew log later. I'm too much of a slob to trust myself using electronic devices while brewing.
Or cooking.
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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #42 on: April 23, 2016, 07:29:29 pm »
I am yet another member of the paper brewing log and pencil crowd. It is not like we have to deal with partial differential equations and Laplace transforms. Most of the calculations that are encountered in home brewing are rather simple, even those that involve applied thermodynamics.  I urge new brewers to learn basic brewing mathematics before resorting to using software.  You may decide that it is an unnecessary expense.

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Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« Reply #43 on: April 23, 2016, 07:37:24 pm »
I am yet another member of the paper brewing log and pencil crowd. It is not like we have to deal with partial differential equations and Laplace transforms. Most of the calculations that are encountered in home brewing are rather simple, even those that involve applied thermodynamics.  I urge new brewers to learn basic brewing mathematics before resorting to using software.  You may decide that it is an unnecessary expense.
I find that software is helpful for me to track what happened in the past and compare it to other batches. This is mostly because it does the math for me and I can't lose it.

I find the pen and paper much more utilitarian in the moment....

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« Reply #44 on: April 23, 2016, 07:49:10 pm »
My brewing log is more than a brewing log.  It is used for everything, including, but not limited to, recipe formulation, brew day logging, media preparation, yeast bank maintenance (plating, subculturing, and propagation events), and collection of fermentation and sensory data.  It is basically a combo brewing/laboratory log.