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Old 08-20-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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i've done 5 all grain batches so far. all of them have been kits from austin homebrew. i follow the instructions and beer turned out good so far(not great). i read about alot of people on here using beersmith. is this something that will help someone like me, just following a kit recipe? or is it for the guy that creates his own recipe? i downloaded the free trail and i didn't really understand why i would need it.



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Old 08-20-2011, 01:09 AM   #2
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If you're following someone else's recipe, and making extract batches (from kits) without making any changes (at all) then it might not be for you. Then again, pretty much any software would be unnecessary. But, once you start to wish to alter a recipe, or create your own, software becomes much more important.

Since I started making my own recipes at batch #3, it made a lot of sense to get good software to help to figure out what I would get. It was easy enough to pick up how to use BeerSmith, at least for me. I like being able to tweak a recipe on the fly, before brewing it, seeing how the changes I make impact the batch. Without software, it would be much more involved. I did try using the formula's to figure out the batches, but I never did like math. Plus, as your OG changes, in a recipe, your IBU's will also change. With software, I can change the hop about my tiny amounts and see what the impact is much faster than if I did it the old way.



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Old 08-20-2011, 01:10 AM   #3
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IMHO, it's more for all grain brewers. You can use it for extract brews, but to take full advantage, you'd need to be doing ag. It's only 20 bucks so if you want tools like attenuation calcs and boil off amounts, metric conversions, other things, then you'll get use out of it.if money is tight and you're doing extract, you can skip it. If you have Android, go with Brewzor calcs and brewer and you'll have everything you need

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I use brewpal 99 cent app on my iPhone. It has some annoying issues but it works and the recipe is there with me at all times. I use my phone while brewing too. Plus I don't have to write anything down when I go to the store. Just pull up the app. Eventually you will need something unless you stick with kits forever. You don't really have to pay for it tho. There are some free ones even.

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I love my brewsmith now. took some getting used to, being able to upsize, or down size a recipe is awesome. going from all grain to extract is easy. you can tweak recipes like said earlier.

I think its money well spent if you are even interested in going all grain.

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I'd say it's invaluable for any brewer who wants to move on from kits to their own recipes--not just all grain. There is a whole world out there beyond kits, and beersmith helps you make sense of it all. I brewed on kits for a year before ag and there is absolutely nothing wrong with them, but I got to a point where I wanted to experiment with different hops, yeast, and grains. Beersmith makes it easy to design them and know you're within the style guidelines for that type of beer.

You'll know exactly how much grain to mash or dme to add to hit the gravity your looking for, how many oz of hops for the desired ibus, and the types of grain to steep or mash to get the color you want. It all super easy after some practice.

My two best investments to date are a 15g boilermaker and beersmith, hands down.

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I love beersmith! I spend hours tweaking my recipe before heading to the LHBS to pick up whatever I may need.

You don't need it for kits but it won't be long before you want to invent recipes.

However I had beersmith long before I had an android phone, so I can't comment on the app options.

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You can scale on brewpal too. Just adjust your batch size and it will do the math. I just did it as I just bought a bigger fermenter so wanted to go 5.5 instead of 5. I can use it with a desktop program too. Just export the beer xml.

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it's so cheap i could not see how i could go wrong. keeping all of the notes on a beer in one (legible) place is worth it for me. seeing a beersmith recipe develop exactly like the program predicted is nice too.

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It is a fair price tbh and worth it. I plan on getting it at some point. I don't do much work at my desktop anymore though.



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