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eviljafar 10-24-2007 02:46 AM

Which brewing software?
 
I downloaded Beer Smith the other day and I've been having a bit of a play around with it. It seems pretty good but I've never used brewing software before so I don't have anything to compare it to. And I'm still getting ready for my first AG so a lot of the details I'm not familiar with anyway. It's only $20 so it's not a lot of money but before I spend some time using it, what do you all think is the best software?

bradsul 10-24-2007 02:51 AM

Check out the demo of promash as well. It's what I use and am used to. I've used Beersmith too but the screen is just WAY too cluttered for my taste (promash isn't a lot better). Promash has a free trial as well so give it a look see, it's the same price if I recall.

Ridge Runner 10-24-2007 02:57 AM

I've got an extra $20 around as well. Everyone has their favorite. My 1st purchase will either be Beersmith ot BeerToolsPro>

Buford 10-24-2007 03:00 AM

Of the two big ones (BeerSmith and ProMash) I much prefer BeerSmith. The interface is a lot easier to figure out for me and looks a lot more modern. ProMash's interface reminds me of some old school shareware from the Win 3.1 days.

bradsul 10-24-2007 03:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Buford
Of the two big ones (BeersSmith and ProMash) I much prefer BeerSmith. The interface is a lot easier to figure out for me and looks a lot more modern. ProMash's interface reminds me of some old school shareware from the Win 3.1 days.

No argument there. :D They don't seem very interested in maintaining it either. If I were to purchase again I'd go for something that is still being looked after (Beersmith, BeerToolsPro, etc.).

denimglen 10-24-2007 03:15 AM

Beersmith for me.

The programmer is always on the beersmith forum to answer questions about the program.

I found it heaps easier to use, promash I had to refer to the instructions often.

I would have liked to try beertoolspro but no demo version.

Soulive 10-24-2007 12:43 PM

I use Beersmith and can say the software makers are very helpful. I've demoed Promash and didn't like it as much as Beersmith...

Donasay 10-24-2007 06:17 PM

Hey, basic brewing radio did a show on this a little while back here is a link to the podcast.

http://media.libsyn.com/media/basicbrewing/bbr04-26-07software.mp3

They also put out an excel spreadsheet that does most of the math for you. I have used this one for a couple AG batches and stuff has come out fine. I have not tried to replicate any of the batches I made using the excel sheet, so I can't say how it is on consistency.

http://basicbrewing.com/radio/xls/012-Hefe.xls


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