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Commercial brewing software, Promash etc. 28 77.78%
Homemade spreadsheet 1 2.78%
Paper and pencil, manual calculations 4 11.11%
Whatever I have in my ingredient cupboard 8 22.22%
Ralph Nader 6 16.67%
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Old 10-13-2006, 09:44 PM   #1
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Just wonder what you guys and gals do when formulating recipes. I usually use promash but lately I've been tending to the paper and pencil first priciples method.

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Old 10-13-2006, 09:56 PM   #2
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I chose Nader because at this stage of my experience, interest and time I am like a sous chef. I execute a good recipe, but haven't delved into creationg recipies.

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Old 10-13-2006, 10:31 PM   #3
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Promash works for me, but had I known one of the guys on our brewclub
http://barleyment.wort.ca/biz/?biz=48 developed the Strangebrew
program, I probely would have bought that instead.

I do take notes on-the-fly when brewing but add them to my promash report
after my brew is done.

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Old 10-13-2006, 10:37 PM   #4
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Seems I'm one of few that use BeerSmith, but I liked its interface better than ProMash. I use it along with a general idea of what I want to make for recipe formulation.

Here's something I've done a few times recently - instead of tying myself immediately to a style, I'll have a particular grain or adjunct in mind, so I plug it in, add what sounds good, then look at what style might match up. So far, so good!

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Old 10-14-2006, 01:59 AM   #5
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I use Promash as a sanity check and to keep records

Having Promash, there's no way I'm going to develop a home-brew spread sheet.

Pencil and paper is not an option as I can't read my own writing.

What sort of lunatic would brew without the necessary ingredients in the brew cupboard?

I'd like to add Ralph Nader to the boil, but it would add too much astringency.

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<< Duh! I just noticed it was for formulating a recipe, not actually brewing. I guess if you do this ahead of time, you would determine what extra ingredients you need to add to the brew cupboard. >>

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Old 10-14-2006, 05:27 AM   #6
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brewmasters bible has a good chart in it about styles, i browse that then write up a recipe, plug it into the beer recipator to check where the gravity 'should' be.

all my notes and the recipe is written by hand though.

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Since there is very little that is new in brewing, I just modify existing recipes by hand. Bent Rod Rye is just 2/3rds of a Hop Rod Rye clone. Sure there are new hop varieties every year, but that doesn't change anything the software can measure.

If I want something specific, I just order a kit. If you've guessed I'm lazy & not AR, you would be right on both accounts.

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Seems I'm one of few that use BeerSmith, but I liked its interface better than ProMash.
To let you know you're not the only one. I like to try to make recipes directly to style. Only using ingredients that would be used would be used by historic breweries. So I pick a style and use only the grains, hops, and adjucts (if any) descibed in the style. I have no real imagination.
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I'm a Promash-er because it gives me something to do at work and I've convinced my boss that it's a software client that allows me to be empowered to follow the critical path with optimum synergy while involving all stakeholders.

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I'm a Promash-er because it gives me something to do at work and I've convinced my boss that it's a software client that allows me to be empowered to follow the critical path with optimum synergy while involving all stakeholders.

You forgot to tell him that it's also mediacentric. That's my new fave...

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