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« on: January 31, 2011, 09:51:36 PM »
It's been a couple of years since I've brewed. Any recommendations anyone might have on good homebrew software? thanks.

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Re: Software
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011, 10:12:47 PM »
It's been a couple of years since I've brewed. Any recommendations anyone might have on good homebrew software? thanks.

Beersmith or Promash. There are others but those are probably the best.
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Re: Software
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 10:48:10 PM »
Beer is like porn. You can buy it, but it's more fun to make your own.
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Re: Software
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2011, 11:23:54 PM »
I spend all my time now on http://hopville.com

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Re: Software
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 09:20:44 AM »
I'm a Promash lover.  I've been trying to learn Beersmith, but I keep getting frustrated and going back to Promash.
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Re: Software
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011, 09:25:43 AM »
Beersmith rocks the casbah!  ;)

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...but I also know plenty of Promash users who love it just as well. Like our one and only D.C.  8)
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Re: Software
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011, 03:45:12 PM »
ProMash.

Oh did I say ProMash?
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Re: Software
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011, 11:29:53 AM »
BeerSmith and ProMash seem to have the greatest following.  I use Beersmith, and I like it.

What I would REALLY like is a PC based application that would synch with an IPhone based application. 

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Re: Software
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011, 11:40:45 AM »
I'm most fluent in Promash. Wish it would be updated/upgraded.

I've played around with BeerSmith, but something about it and me just don't sync up.

I also use BeerToolsPro quite a bit.
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Re: Software
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2011, 01:02:06 PM »
As a Mac user who refuses to infect my by running a paralell windows OS, I use BeerAlchemy. It's pretty straightforward, and you can make it sync with an iPhone or iPad.
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Re: Software
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2011, 01:25:41 PM »
As a Mac user who refuses to infect my by running a paralell windows OS, I use BeerAlchemy. It's pretty straightforward, and you can make it sync with an iPhone or iPad.
That would be cool if there was a PC program that could do that.  I run my Beersmith on our main PC but I often wish I could run it on our netbook or my IPod while I'm brewing and sync it.  Oh well- I'll keep wishing.

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Re: Software
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2011, 05:33:09 PM »
This is sort of on-topic about Beersmith.

There is a computer-geek way to sort-of sync up Beersmith on multiple computers in your house.  I have a linux computer set up as a file server and share out directories via Samba.  Bascially, I import the current version of my recipes.bsm to whichever computer I need to work on and make sure I export it back to the network when I'm finished.

The pros of doing this is I can access all my recipes from either of my two computer.  The cons, beersmith was not designed for network usage, so getting stuff into your brewlog and calendar and such doesn't work.

Also, it doesn't work with linux, but I haven't seen a decent program that can, so I have to have at least one windows computer/VM set up somewhere.
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Re: Software
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2011, 06:38:42 PM »
As a Mac user who refuses to infect my by running a paralell windows OS, I use BeerAlchemy. It's pretty straightforward, and you can make it sync with an iPhone or iPad.
That would be cool if there was a PC program that could do that.  I run my Beersmith on our main PC but I often wish I could run it on our netbook or my IPod while I'm brewing and sync it.  Oh well- I'll keep wishing.

Actually you can do this.

Export your Beersmith recipes one at a time as a BeerXML file.  You'll need to purchase BeerAlchemy for your iPod Touch, but that will allow you to import BeerXML files onto your iPod Touch and work with recipes in your brewery.

It has a neat feature that will allow you to create a "batch" from a recipe.  The batch will allow you to edit it if your hop alphas or something else differs in your recipe on brewing day.  You can capture your batch gravities and other data too.  Then you can go back to Beersmith and enter the batch data in your brew log.

It's not the most integrated way to do it, but it does the trick nicely.
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Re: Software
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2011, 06:46:00 AM »
I ♥ Beersmith!

I actually have the entire program folder on a shared network drive and can run it from any PC/Laptop in the house.  Which is handy when I can't have access to a certain PC. ( Ever try to tell the wife to get off Facebook so  I can check a beer recipe?  :o )
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Re: Software
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011, 07:04:12 AM »
I ♥ Beersmith!

I actually have the entire program folder on a shared network drive and can run it from any PC/Laptop in the house.  Which is handy when I can't have access to a certain PC. ( Ever try to tell the wife to get off Facebook so  I can check a beer recipe?  :o )

You sir, might be a genius :)

It never crossed my mind to just run the program from a share, good-bye to import/export hassles from computer to computer!
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