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Brewing Software for Mac
« on: March 13, 2011, 01:30:45 PM »
Is there any good brewing software for a Mac?  I checked out Beersmith and ProMash and neither are available for a Mac as far as I can tell.
Please let me know if there's something else I should be looking at.
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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2011, 07:31:02 PM »
Refer to the above quoted threads by all means, but in a nutshell,  just look for BEER ALCHEMY.
Reasonably priced, very editable/customizable and very Mac.  
Written from the ground up by a Mac user for Mac users.

I don't rely on software too much to tell me what I should be doing (my tastebuds do that better than the software can) but the software can be useful for sharing recipes, scaling them, and doing rough calculations.

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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2011, 08:02:20 PM »
I've been using Homebrew Formulator for two years now, like it a lot.
Here's a link:  http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/20249/homebrew-formulator
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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2011, 04:02:02 AM »
I have been using this
http://sourceforge.net/projects/brewtarget/
It works fairly well once you figure it out.

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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011, 06:08:59 AM »
I have been using this
http://sourceforge.net/projects/brewtarget/
It works fairly well once you figure it out.


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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2011, 08:33:54 AM »
Thanks everyone.
What I'm really after is a method for figuring out my strike temperature for the water that will be added to my grain.  I sort of "winged it" last time and it didn't go as well as I would have hoped.  I know ProMash is supposed to help calculate this.  Besides that, I don't think I'd be using a calculator for too much.  I have used BeerTools on-line before to get a sense of how an idea compares to the standards for that style but I'm not really looking to re-create styles yet as much as perfect a plain pale ale.
I'll check all of these out.

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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2011, 08:40:08 AM »
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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2011, 09:01:22 AM »
Thanks Jeffy.  That's what I was needing.  
I just played around with it for a few minutes (I really have to stop thinking about beer when I should be working) and it is interesting to see that the volume of water has much more impact than the temp of the grains.

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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011, 09:50:22 AM »
it is interesting to see that the volume of water has much more impact than the temp of the grains.

The impact is based on weight (mass, actually) and the weight of the water far exceeds the weight of the grain.  In addition, the specific heat (or heat capacity, can never keep them straight) of water is 1.00 so you get 100% of the benefit of it's heat.  The same value for grain is around .38-.40 so you only get about 40% of the benefit of it's heat.
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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2011, 10:05:31 AM »
Easy ROT w/ room temp grains and preheated mashtun: strike temp = desired mash temp + 13. Units in *F.
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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, 10:20:00 AM »
Easy ROT w/ room temp grains and preheated mashtun: strike temp = desired mash temp + 13. Units in *F.

Yeah, but what about the mash thickness?  I would change quite a bit from 1 Qt/# to 2 Qt/#.
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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2011, 11:18:56 AM »
Can't you install Wine and run ProMash on Mac?  I do it on Linux.
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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2011, 11:44:54 AM »
Can't you install Wine and run ProMash on Mac?  I do it on Linux.
I can barely turn the thing on.  Not much of a computer person so unless it's easy and straightforward, I'm at a loss.  I'm sure it's good advice but I have no idea what Wine is.

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Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2011, 11:55:15 AM »
I ran into the same issue about a year or so ago. I went with beer tools and am happy with it. I still do hand calcs but that may be the engineer in me... ;D
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