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View Poll Results: Which of the big three do you use.
BeerSmith 1,121 65.29%
BeerTools Pro 155 9.03%
Promash 220 12.81%
another software 221 12.87%
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:12 PM   #31
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I tried beersmith and pro mash and ended up with beersmith
I think what would make it better though.
Would be if you could copy and paste one recipe into another.

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Old 08-14-2008, 04:41 PM   #32
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I need to change my Vote. I am a newly converted BeerSmith User! It's just better.

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Old 08-14-2008, 06:33 PM   #33
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I tried all three and settled on Beersmith. Easy to use and has regular updates. Plus it had the longest free trial.

The limit in Promash was 3 recipes/sessions. It was bad enought that the software wasn't user friendly, but then limiting me to only being able to use it really three times made it difficult to purchase.

I must say that the $20 I spent on Beersmith has been one of my best purchases so far in home brewing.

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Old 08-14-2008, 06:43 PM   #34
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I have used all 3 of the Windows based offerings. For the longest time my preference was towards ProMash based soley on ease of use. I later began using BeerSmith due to the recent update improvements and have not questioned the platform since.

What do you like about the program you use?

I like that it is "actively" developed. It is not in the "Beta" phase of design, has an adequate user manual, and is actively updated.

What is it missing?

The ability to user select units of measure for specific fields.

What does it do really well?

Help me build recipes and track inventory.

Why did you go for the one you did?

It is more current. See why I like it.

What improvements would you like to see?

I would like the developer to allow tools to be opened as a window rather than forcing the recipe to be closed.

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Old 08-14-2008, 07:04 PM   #35
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What is it missing?

The ability to user select units of measure for specific fields.
Perhaps you missed it Gila, but Beersmith is EXCEPTIONAL at doing this. First, to enter measures in any units (regardless of what is displayed on the recipe form), just type in something like 1.5 oz or 42 g. It will recognize the 'oz' or 'g' units, and automatically convert to whatever units are currently displayed.

Second, to quickly switch units to Imperial or Metric, just hit CTRL-E or CTRL-M, respectively.

Finally, to change the units displayed for any field in the recipe, from the menu select Tools --> Options, select the Units tab, and pick the units you want (including their increment values).

That's another nice thing about Beersmith -- it has an incredible amount of 'hidden' power that isn't always obvious, but is very powerful once you find it.
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:58 PM   #36
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I am a mac user so unfortunately all of the options given are unusable by me. I currently use a free mac app, but I am looking at BeerAlchemy. Does anyone have experience with beer alchemy?

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I am a mac user so unfortunately all of the options given are unusable by me. I currently use a free mac app, but I am looking at BeerAlchemy. Does anyone have experience with beer alchemy?

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Old 08-14-2008, 08:07 PM   #38
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I use Beersmith. Off the top of my head the only thing it's missing that would be real nice to have is an efficiency calculator.

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I have tried all 3 and by Far Beer tools Pro(New version will be out soon) is head over heals better in my opinion.

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I use Beersmith. Off the top of my head the only thing it's missing that would be real nice to have is an efficiency calculator.

Beersmith calculates your efficiency automatically if you record your actual gravity (and volume) going into the fermenter. Look for it on your recipes list page.
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