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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2011, 10:03:47 AM »
The biggest benefit to me is when tweaking recipes.  When tweaking, I'm constantly adjusting malt/hop/etc. amounts and varieties and can instantly see how a particular change affects the OG, IBU, SRM, etc.  No way would I try to calculate those values by hand for every permutation.

Plenty of other benefits, but I consider that the biggest from my perspective.
I tend to tweak a lot when I'm putting my recipes together too.
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #46 on: May 20, 2011, 10:36:02 AM »
The biggest benefit to me is when tweaking recipes.  When tweaking, I'm constantly adjusting malt/hop/etc. amounts and varieties and can instantly see how a particular change affects the OG, IBU, SRM, etc.  No way would I try to calculate those values by hand for every permutation.

Plenty of other benefits, but I consider that the biggest from my perspective.
I tend to tweak a lot when I'm putting my recipes together too.
+1

That's why I love beersmith.  Has anyone used the new version yet?  Any words of wisdom?

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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #47 on: May 20, 2011, 10:46:41 AM »
The new version, 2.0, is in the final stages of Beta Test, scheduled for release mid-June
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #48 on: May 20, 2011, 11:26:29 AM »
The new version, 2.0, is in the final stages of Beta Test, scheduled for release mid-June

Yep, I just pre-ordered.  I was wondering if any of the testers are on this board, and if they are allowed to say anything about the product. 

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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #49 on: May 20, 2011, 11:41:09 AM »
I am a tester, but everything I've talked about has been published.  Most of it was cut and paste.
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #50 on: May 20, 2011, 12:24:04 PM »
You know what I really hope is included?  Better handling of decoctions.  I may be using it wrong, but it doesn't seem to understand that when you pull a decoction you now have two different mashes at different temps and you're doing different things to each.  It's kind of a pain, so I fill up the notes section with instructions for the decoctions.
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #51 on: May 21, 2011, 02:47:07 PM »
I've been playing around with the trial. I love it and I'm addicted to it! I pre-ordered 2.0 today and can use 1.4 until the new version is released in June. I spent six hours today playing around with recipes... I love it. It allows me to do things that I would never have had the time to do because it does all the calculating. You can also visualize how one addition or subtraction will change the potential outcome. Thinking of cost/benefit, this is probably the best addition to my brewing arsenal.

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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #52 on: May 27, 2011, 01:21:57 PM »
Beersmith is awesome!  I would wait to buy it though.  Version 2 should come out in June.

If you buy a pre-order of the software you get a free copy of the previous version to use until it comes out.

I'm pretty new to brewing but I like his book so far " Homebrewing with beersmith". He is good at explaining the whole process even the complicated math equations and figuring out these calculations with other methods if you don't understand the math. I only have a few books that came with my homebrewing kit, so not a lot to compare it to but I'm halfway and like it a lot more than the others I have read.

I also have a lot of respect for Dr. Smith. Although he does promote his software in the book he tells you how you could do it without the software. Several times its quoted as saying something similiar to: Beersmith software will show you the best hops to use for a recipe, or just do a google search for a hops chart.

Just out of curiosity has anyone used it with wine in a linux enviroment? I have mac but mostly use linux and try to avoid wine but I guess since it has a trial I could try it out.


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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #53 on: June 01, 2011, 11:41:35 PM »
I am so excited for the new version to come out.  I love the old edition, and the new one sounds great.

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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #54 on: June 02, 2011, 05:00:15 AM »
While it is not specifically designed for Wine, there are beta testers in that environment.
Brad is considering a Linux specific version after launch.

For anyone thinking of buying, buy pre-launch for the reduced prices.
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #55 on: June 02, 2011, 06:21:22 AM »
I bought it a week or so ago and loaded it up on my pc, but it doesn't load onto my Mac.  Is this one of the new features or should it already work on both?
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #56 on: June 02, 2011, 06:32:09 AM »
I bought it a week or so ago and loaded it up on my pc, but it doesn't load onto my Mac.  Is this one of the new features or should it already work on both?

You have to wait for 2.0 for the Mac version.  v1.4 is strictly PC.
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #57 on: June 02, 2011, 06:41:41 AM »
I bought it a week or so ago and loaded it up on my pc, but it doesn't load onto my Mac.  Is this one of the new features or should it already work on both?

You have to wait for 2.0 for the Mac version.  v1.4 is strictly PC.
Thanks.  That's what I was hoping.
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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #58 on: June 03, 2011, 10:31:06 AM »
Everything works great in Wine except for the print function.  Your best bet, and this is what I do, load up Virtualbox (or whatever flavor of VMware you prefer) and load Winderz up as a VM.  You will get the full functionality of Beersmith and other winderz programs without tarnishing a beautiful computer with a M$ operating system :P

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Re: Beersmith
« Reply #59 on: June 04, 2011, 03:34:43 PM »
While it is not specifically designed for Wine, there are beta testers in that environment.
Brad is considering a Linux specific version after launch.

For anyone thinking of buying, buy pre-launch for the reduced prices.
Thank you Fred.
I would LOVE to run in natively in Linux but if it is fully functional thru WINE I will consider it.
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