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Favorite brewing software?
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:42:09 AM »
I've never used any, but I'm thinking about checking out brewing software to see what it can offer me.

Suggestions for a good program/good place to start?

Are the paid programs worth it or are the free ones just as good?

Thanks!  :) 
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 06:48:18 AM »
There a few really good ones. I finally settled with beersmith. I have to say that it works well and gives me everything I need to get through my brew sessions.
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 07:34:47 AM »
If you run straight Mac OS X (no Boot Camp), there is currently only one choice: BeerAlchemy. BeerSmith is developing a Mac version but it wasn't out as of a few days ago.

I run BeerAlchemy ($30 registration) and like it (though I can't compare it to others). It has a sync feature so that I can have my recipes, batches, ingredient lists, and calculators on my iPhone (I don't know if they have a version that runs on Android OS). On the down side, BA doesn't load xml recipe files (it claims it does but every xml file I've attempted failed). It does import .rec recipes, with some tweaking.


For smart phones, Sparge Pal is free and has some nice features.

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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 07:40:06 AM »
I'm PC, but thanks for the info. 
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011, 07:42:35 AM »
I've been using BeerTools Pro exclusively for the past several years. There are both Mac and PC versions.

ProMash, BeerSmith, BeerTools, etc. are all powerful apps. It really comes down to which one is most intuitive to you. These programs all have free demos. Check em out and decide for yourself.
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011, 07:44:47 AM »
I have 50 + batches with Beersmith with no complaints.
It also has a 21 day free trial. http://www.beersmith.com/

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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2011, 07:45:30 AM »
If you run straight Mac OS X (no Boot Camp), there is currently only one choice: BeerAlchemy.

What about BeerTools Pro, QBrew, Brew Target? Granted that was from memory, so I'm probably forgetting some.

beer_monger, did you try a search? This has been covered many times:
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=406.0
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=6413.0
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=4825.0
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2011, 07:46:05 AM »
OK.  Time to go get a few trial versions & see which I like.  Thanks guys.
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2011, 08:02:01 AM »
On the down side, BA doesn't load xml recipe files (it claims it does but every xml file I've attempted failed).

It can but you have to export one recipe per XML file or else it'll fail.  I tried to batch export from Beersmith to BeerAlchemy and it only worked when I exported one recipe at a time.
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2011, 08:07:39 AM »
Another Beersmith ( and former Promash ) user here.  If you do go with Beersmith, you may want to ask them what the policy is on upgrading.  He is due to release a new version soon ( I hope ) and it would suck if you had to pay to upgrade shortly after paying for the current version.
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2011, 08:11:35 AM »
I've been a Promash user for 13 years.  I absolutely love it.
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2011, 08:11:46 AM »
Another Beersmith ( and former Promash ) user here.  If you do go with Beersmith, you may want to ask them what the policy is on upgrading.  He is due to release a new version soon ( I hope ) and it would suck if you had to pay to upgrade shortly after paying for the current version.

Thanks for that info!  I'll definitely check.
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2011, 09:50:27 AM »
Another Beersmith ( and former Promash ) user here.  If you do go with Beersmith, you may want to ask them what the policy is on upgrading.  He is due to release a new version soon ( I hope ) and it would suck if you had to pay to upgrade shortly after paying for the current version.

I emailed Brad earlier this month, and he confirmed that if you purchase now, the upgrade price will be reduced... didn't specify by how much, though.

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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2011, 09:54:06 AM »
Another Beersmith ( and former Promash ) user here.  If you do go with Beersmith, you may want to ask them what the policy is on upgrading.  He is due to release a new version soon ( I hope ) and it would suck if you had to pay to upgrade shortly after paying for the current version.

I emailed Brad earlier this month, and he confirmed that if you purchase now, the upgrade price will be reduced... didn't specify by how much, though.
I emailed Jeffrey Donovan about it (listed on the software's website) - so I'll post back when I get a response...
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Re: Favorite brewing software?
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2011, 09:57:14 AM »
Another Beersmith ( and former Promash ) user here.  If you do go with Beersmith, you may want to ask them what the policy is on upgrading.  He is due to release a new version soon ( I hope ) and it would suck if you had to pay to upgrade shortly after paying for the current version.

I emailed Brad earlier this month, and he confirmed that if you purchase now, the upgrade price will be reduced... didn't specify by how much, though.
I emailed Jeffrey Donovan about it (listed on the software's website) - so I'll post back when I get a response...

Good luck with that...
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