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Old 04-30-2007, 12:47 AM   #1
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I just got this one a couple of weeks back. Since I have no other brewing software experience I can't compare it to anything, but I like it. The one thing it lacks is an inventory (stock on hand) section.

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Old 05-02-2007, 03:38 PM   #2
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The one thing it lacks is an inventory (stock on hand) section.
Bummer, I thought I'd heard someone else say that it did have it... Do you know if it calculates late extract additions?
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Old 05-02-2007, 03:48 PM   #3
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No inventory management? Then it's useless to me. With all the grains and hops and adjuncts I have, there'd be no way for me to know what I have vs. what I need to brew up a certain batch. Ugh. Crap. Why would you leave out such a necessary feature?

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Bummer, I thought I'd heard someone else say that it did have it... Do you know if it calculates late extract additions?
I doesn't look like it. I'm not familiar with late extract adds, so I'm not sure if you can tweak the program to make it work.
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:21 PM   #5
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No inventory management? Then it's useless to me. With all the grains and hops and adjuncts I have, there'd be no way for me to know what I have vs. what I need to brew up a certain batch. Ugh. Crap. Why would you leave out such a necessary feature?
I emailed the people at BTP and this is what I got from them:

I will try to answer some of your questions. BTP does not track
inventory in the current version, but inventory is under development
right now for the version 1.1 release. It calculates the cost of the
batch, and the quantity of bottles required; but it does not go the
extra step of displaying the cost per bottle. This would be easy
enough to add though.

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So maybe we want to wait for 1.1 to come out.
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:49 PM   #6
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Yeah, I'm kinda pissed at myself for jumping on purchasing BTP. I had used Beersmith for the trial period and liked it just fine but for some reason, I went with BTP sight unseen. I think I was just blinded by the fact that they're actively developing. Then again, I heard a new version of beersmith is coming out soon too. Beersmith does have inventory and batch sparging is already a preset whereas BTP requires a physics degree to setup.

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Yeah, I'm kinda pissed at myself for jumping on purchasing BTP. I had used Beersmith for the trial period and liked it just fine but for some reason, I went with BTP sight unseen. I think I was just blinded by the fact that they're actively developing. Then again, I heard a new version of beersmith is coming out soon too. Beersmith does have inventory and batch sparging is already a preset whereas BTP requires a physics degree to setup.
Well if it makes you feel any better, the guy from BTP emailed me again, saying that they're looking into what would be needed for late extract additions. He also said that if all goes as planned verison 1.1 will release this summer and would be a free update to current owners. So it looks like you'll have inventory tracking & batch pricing available... dunno what the deal is with batch sparging, you might want to shoot them an email.

EDIT: I also asked Jeff from BTP to join us here if he could to help answer some of our questions... I'll let you know what he says.
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You can batch sparge with BTP. You can set up any kind of schedule you want. There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it - it's pretty easy.

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EDIT: I also asked Jeff from BTP to join us here if he could to help answer some of our questions... I'll let you know what he says.
They have already been here. Lathe was answering questions for a while, he still checks in occasionally, I saw him here the other night.
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I've been pretty happy with BTP. The main issue that I have is that there is no "Brew Session" option. You just have to save your recipe under a different name when you brew it and update your notes.

I like all the ingredients and stuff being right in there, no messing around and downloading anything.

I used BTP for my first two AG brews and setup the batch sparge, other than my own dum a** issues the software worked great. The amount of water to add for a step mash was right on.

There also is no easy way to "browse" your recipes like Beersmith.

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