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Old 02-25-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default Beersmith vs. iBrewmaster on iMac

I'm currently running on an iMac and have seen things written about both programs and can't decide which to get. Is there anything that would make you use one over the other? I am just moving into all grain brewing. Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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I'm running Beersmith on my Mac; works fine. Most of the folks I know use Beersmith and I like the fact that we can send files back/forth to Windows (which most other people use)


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Old 02-25-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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Download the trial version of BeerSmith and while your at it download Beer Alchemy. iBrewmaster does not have a trial that I am aware of.
BeerSmith is the most comprehensive but the UI is a bit busy.
Beer Alchemy is almost as comprehensive but is nicer to work in.
iBrewmaster for iPad is pleasant to work in but does not have as many features.
I got iB as a gift and am using it exclusively.
It came preloaded with more recipes than I will ever brew. Recipe formulation is probably the most common feature to all software. I like the schedule that is automatically set when you start a new batch for racking and kegging etc.
Definitely download the trials, you'll see what works best.

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I've tried both BeerSmith and iBrewmaster on Mac OS and I ended up staying with Beer Alchemy (which is still quite a nice app despite lacking features).

iBrewmaster is hopelessly buggy at them moment. If it gets fixed in the future, then maybe OK but as of 1.0.8, its not worth the money.

BeerSmith is very comprehensive but I just couldn't live with the interface. As a Mac user, you get used to that look and feel. BeerSmith has none of it. Yes, it works on Mac OS X but it's like trying to do a full boil on an electric stove top...

Mind you, Beer Alchemy is like that at times

I've been using Beer Alchemy so that's probably the main reason for staying with it. If I were a new user, maybe go BeerSmith as it's far more comprehensive at the moment. The next release of Beery Alchemy looks very promising though.

Like Mike said though, download the trials.


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