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Old 10-26-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Beer Smith or Beer Friend??

Beer Smith cost $27.99, Brewers Friend is $9.99 for a year and $17.99 for two years.... My question is which program do you use and why??

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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Never herd of beer friend,but beersmith is one of the leading programs out there. Many here use it.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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Never herd of beer friend,but beersmith is one of the leading programs out there. Many here use it.
Its Brewer's Friend. Its a mistype. http://www.brewersfriend.com
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:40 PM   #4
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I use Beersmith, and I have for over 6 years. I like it. My equipment profile fits, and works, and my inventory is updated. I liked the original version more than the upgraded version, but there is support and it's easy to add things (like homegrown hops) to the list.

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #5
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Beersmith all the way from batch 1

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They both have free/trial versions. Why don't you use both and see which you like best?

I personally am a BeerSmith guy. Looking at the Brewer's Friend site, it looks similar to BeerSmith in it's basic functions. All things being equal, you can pay a ONE TIME $24.00 for BeerSmith at Birdman Brewing, or $17.99 every two years for Brewer's Friend, so it looks like BeerSmith starts being cheaper after two years. Comeon, though, we're talking about less than a typical batch of beer here!!

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:47 PM   #7
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I use Beersmith and am very happy with it. I am also not a fan of having to cough up money on an annual basis to use something that I use almost daily.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:01 PM   #8
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I am all about Beersmith2.

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There are a number of features of BS that are not available on brewersfriend. Equipment profile and automatic mash, sparge, boil volume calculations being the most glaring. Brewersfriend has the advantage of being a website so it is potentially available anywhere with internet access, but Beersmith has functionality built in there as well. Also, since brewersfriend is a website, it can be more easily updated with new features which you will have immediate access to - although I have been playing with brewersfriend off and on for the last few months and have not seen any changes, so i dont know how actively they develop it.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:13 PM   #10
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You can buy the disc at NB and it used to be cheaper (than the BS website) and when NB had their flat Rate shipping it was a no brainer when ordering anything from them.

BTW... Beersmith is the only choice IMHO.

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