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Old 10-20-2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Brewing Software - Comments Please

I know there is a Review of software, but the posts seem limited. I was just wondering what some of you think of the brewing software that is available for homebrewers like Promash, BeerSmith, etc. Do you use it, do you like it or not and why? Also I am interested in any pros and cons of each and if you had it to do over, would you buy it?

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Old 10-20-2006, 02:14 AM   #2
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I use beersmith, I like the interface better than promash, but either will give you good beer.

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Old 10-20-2006, 06:34 AM   #3
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I use beersmith, I like the interface better than promash, but either will give you good beer.
I agree completely and do the same. Some say ProMash has better algorithms, but user friendliness wins over a few tenths of a percent accuracy in my book.
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:24 PM   #4
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I use promash. Never used beersmith, but I liked the trial of promash, so I ordered it. I love it, wouldn't brew without it. Perhaps the beersmith interface is better, but I'm not sure. I do know that ProMash has all the features I need, and more.

Though, I gotta say, looking at the Brewsmith site, a shopping list feature would be kinda nice to have...

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Here's a dumb question on ProMash....

I've only used the trial version, but can't seem to make a few things work. Like, for the life of me I can't figure out how to input a grain less than 0.5 lbs; it won't let me manually put in 0.25 or whatever I'm shooting for. I also can't tell if I can adjust the default settings for AA% on hops, so that they match what it was that I purchased (for some reason, the AA% always seems to be a bit lower at the HBS).

Are those kinds of things easy to do once I have the full version of ProMash?

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:09 PM   #6
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If you doubleclick on the grain lines you can manually enter a decimal value.

I love promash as well (tried both). My only real complaint with promash was it had WAY too much colour. I'm a developer myself and I really dislike coloured input boxes like that. Fortunately they provided a setup screen to remove all of the colours.

EDIT: that doubleclicking applies to the hops, adjuncts/extras too

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You know, for some reason I wasn't able to do that before... I swear, I double-clicked and it wouldn't let me make adjustments. Weird (or I'm an idiot).

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You can also hit the button that says edit as well as double click the line.

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I have the trial version of promash and i've played with it a bit, but it doesn't seem like that much of a benefit for me at the moment. I don't keep a ton of ingredients in inventory b/c I don't have the space, I haven't started creating my own recipes, and I can't figure out how to add a hop variety that isn't already in the system.

I haven't looked at beersmith yet but for now I think I'll stick with my home-made spreadsheets for calculations and not worry about the rest.

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I have the trial version of promash and i've played with it a bit, but it doesn't seem like that much of a benefit for me at the moment. I don't keep a ton of ingredients in inventory b/c I don't have the space, I haven't started creating my own recipes, and I can't figure out how to add a hop variety that isn't already in the system.

I haven't looked at beersmith yet but for now I think I'll stick with my home-made spreadsheets for calculations and not worry about the rest.
I didn't start making my own recipes UNTIL I got promash---believe me, this hobby is a hell of alot more fun when you start making your very own recipes. Just a thought. And ProMash not only gives you all the readings you need, like OG, IBU, etc., it also has built-in BJCP guidelines to tell you where you should be.
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