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Old 12-01-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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Anyone here use beertools software...

I'm on a Mac, so some of the other software is not an option for me.

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Old 12-01-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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I use it and several other people in our club have it. I like it much better than beer Smith or Pro mash.

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Old 12-01-2009, 04:56 PM   #3
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I'm a fan.

The recipe output reports are pretty.

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It's what I've been using and I like it - was easier for me to understand and use than the others, but I now also have a copy of BeerSmith as well. If you're on a Mac, check out Beer Alchemy as well.

If you do go the Beer Tools route, there's a discount: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f84/beer...1-09-a-149644/

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the 20% off Beer Tools is what prompted me to look into it.

BeerSmith currently does not have a mac version, but I did volunteer to help beta test the mac version when it comes out.

I'll look into Beer Alchemy as well before I buy, hadn't heard of that one.

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Old 12-01-2009, 05:15 PM   #6
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I cannot endorse this product any longer as they do not support an increasingly common netbook resolution (1024 x 600) nor do they seem interested in doing so in the future.

The inability to size the ingredient search to a usable dimension renders the software unusable for creating new recipes.


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That's an interesting problem you have there. What are you using instead?

My current beef with BTP is some essential data is being dropped when you export recipe text or print out. I workaround by pasting into the notes page, but it's tiring. What bothers me is that the crew over there see this as a feature request when I think it's a bug. It's still better, IMHO, than all the alternatives.

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Bobby, I've been winging it.

I can create a recipe on my desktop and then transfer it to the netbook, but should I want to materially adjust any ingredients on brewday, I'm screwed.

I can also tunnel in via wifi, but that's not a sustainable strategy either. Not everywhere I brew has wifi available.

The netbook is an ideal brewing computer. I heard that 1 in 5 new computer sales are netbooks. They're basically saying that they're going to wait it out, which is silly. Many people will use a cast-off netbook for brewing years from now, because it is cheap and effective. This problem could very well hant them.

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For some reason they are not taking advantage of crowdsourcing ingredients or settings.

No Sorachi in the inventory? Really?

The sole method of getting the product is internet download and yet no central cloud database?

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But you're correct Bobby. It's still the best, but only through attrition.

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