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Offline Megary

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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2022, 09:28:36 am »
Brewer's Friend for me as well.  I started there and never had any reason to change.  Not saying it's the best, because I've never compared it to any other software.  It just works.

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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2022, 09:31:17 am »
I use BeerSmith. Although it has a few quirks and shortcomings, the strengths far outweigh the weaknesses. I like the database of ingredients, which is easily expanded by the user, the inventory tracking and the Brew Log record of all my brews.
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2022, 04:28:22 pm »
I started with Promash almost 25 years ago and still use it sometimes. The carbonationcalcultor in it is first rate, for instance. Tried Beersmith for a while nd just couldn't get into to.  Used the Grainfather software and got good resukts, but all the cool kids were raving about Brewfather so I tried that for a while. Didn't care for it and now I'm back on Grainfather. One of the things I like about is that it implements the mIBU formula, which I feel gives me better results.
I heard a talk about mIBU (maybe it was your show I forget) and it sounds awesome. I hope it makes its way to Brewfather. I use a counter flow chiller so it stays hot longer than if I had used an immersion chiller. mIBU takes that into account.


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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2022, 07:41:39 pm »
I am still using ProMash.
It works in VM and I am not planning to change it.

Brew n Water for water adjustments

And brewing spreadsheet for Brewday just to keep detail time and record.
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2022, 08:31:33 am »
I started with Promash almost 25 years ago and still use it sometimes. The carbonationcalcultor in it is first rate, for instance. Tried Beersmith for a while nd just couldn't get into to.  Used the Grainfather software and got good resukts, but all the cool kids were raving about Brewfather so I tried that for a while. Didn't care for it and now I'm back on Grainfather. One of the things I like about is that it implements the mIBU formula, which I feel gives me better results.
I heard a talk about mIBU (maybe it was your show I forget) and it sounds awesome. I hope it makes its way to Brewfather. I use a counter flow chiller so it stays hot longer than if I had used an immersion chiller. mIBU takes that into account.


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Why not try the Grainfather software instead of Brewfather? You dont have to have a GF to use it. It works with any system.
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2022, 09:06:00 am »
I started with Promash almost 25 years ago and still use it sometimes. The carbonationcalcultor in it is first rate, for instance. Tried Beersmith for a while nd just couldn't get into to.  Used the Grainfather software and got good resukts, but all the cool kids were raving about Brewfather so I tried that for a while. Didn't care for it and now I'm back on Grainfather. One of the things I like about is that it implements the mIBU formula, which I feel gives me better results.
I heard a talk about mIBU (maybe it was your show I forget) and it sounds awesome. I hope it makes its way to Brewfather. I use a counter flow chiller so it stays hot longer than if I had used an immersion chiller. mIBU takes that into account.


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Why not try the Grainfather software instead of Brewfather? You dont have to have a GF to use it. It works with any system.
Mostly because I have 8 months left on my subscription. I’ll play around with GF before it’s up.


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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2022, 03:50:26 am »
I've been using ProMash for the past 18 years and it still does everything I need and I'm too old to change. 8)
I also use BrunWater for water adjustment.
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2022, 09:55:09 am »
Brewer's Friend for me as well.  I started there and never had any reason to change.  Not saying it's the best, because I've never compared it to any other software.  It just works.

I tried a few other online brewing recipe sites prior, but they didn't stick around. I needed a web-based application, and when I started using Brewer's Friend it was the only good one out there. The water calculator works quite well, and automatically ties in to my recipes. If I was starting all over now I may choose some other software, mainly because I hate subscription-based fees, but Brewer's Friend has years worth of my recipes and brewing records and I have zero desire to start over.
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2022, 09:32:38 am »
I would try them all and see what you like.  I've been using BeerSmith so long that I'm just used to it. 
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2022, 11:40:09 am »
I've been using ProMash for the past 18 years and it still does everything I need and I'm too old to change. 8)
I also use BrunWater for water adjustment.

Same here. I used ProMash for a long, long time. When support for it ended I started looking around at other software and found nothing I liked better than the out of date ProMash. By the time I started looking again Beersmith was in version 2 which I liked much better than its initial roll out. I downloaded BS2 a few years ago and found I like it as much as ProMash. Brad keeps making improvements and even the water tool which used to get criticized has changed to become the equal of BrunWater imho.
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2022, 12:34:43 pm »
I use the water tool in BeerSmith as well. It has improved to the point of a one stop shop for me.

I can input a recipe in just a cpl minutes soup to nuts. Of course, it took A LOT of tinkering and adjusting to get there for me. …but now that it’s set up, it rocks.

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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #26 on: June 26, 2022, 07:05:53 am »
I use Beer Smith desk top version and I like it a lot. Its easy to use once you get the hang of it. Brewers Friend is excellent too. You can try them for free and see which works better for you.
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Re: Brewing software
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2022, 07:48:57 am »
I have been using beersmith since version 1.  I have been very happy with it and it makes sense in my head.