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Old 03-31-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brewi...4772?mt=8&ls=1

Its a free app, that takes a BeerXML file (most desktop software can save to this format) and then with the press of a single button all of your mash or boil alarms are set and will go off at the specified times.

I hope folks find it useful. Let me know of any bugs or feature requests.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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I've been using BrewTimer (to mixed results).

I'll give this one a look too.

Thanks!

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Old 03-31-2011, 04:39 PM   #3
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So this is not obvious from the screenshots, but what methods are available to get the BeerXML file on there?

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Old 03-31-2011, 04:48 PM   #4
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You can either email yourself the file (the app is registered with the phone to be an "opener" for xml files), browse to a website with the file on it, or you can plug your phone into your computer. Then using iTunes select "Apps" and go down to the bottom of the screen where it says "File Sharing" and "Documents". BrewingAlarm will be there, and you select the app then you can add or delete files there on the right.

Everyone please realize this is *not* a recipe creation tool. It has rudimentary ability to add a mash step or a boil addition and to edit any notes but it is not backed by an ingredient database or anything.

In my mind, a UI and data rich application like recipe creation demands the larger screen and more varied UI concepts available to a full laptop/desktop system. This app is purposefully designed to do one thing and one thing only and that is to make it super easy to set off alarms... especially for a typical homebrew soaked brewing session

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Old 03-31-2011, 04:55 PM   #5
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I would recommend adding fermentation alarms...while I think it would be cumbersome to transfer my recipe, it would be worth it to me if it had reminders for when my expected fermentation should be done and or when I should add items to the fermentation. Just my two cents!

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Very nice. Just like OP said, importing the xml file through the App File Sharing is extremely simple. I'd like to see sparge volumes in the mash section, but I'm guessing once people pick up on this tool, you are going to get a lot of specific requests. Thanks for making this available.

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Old 03-31-2011, 05:04 PM   #7
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Almost any desktop brewing software will export or save to a BeerXML format.

Yeah I had thought about adding sparge volumes. I could see its usefulness just to have the data there (no alarms to go with it) though at some point I had to quit adding features and get the thing published :-) So for that reason I figured that I sparge until I have enough and call it good.

I'll see about adding the sparge stuff soon.

The more folks use it the better it will become. My Quality Assurance team was just me and another buddy on occasion so I hope (well I hope against too) that any bugs will be found this weekend when y'all brew.

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Old 03-31-2011, 05:09 PM   #8
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I would recommend adding fermentation alarms...while I think it would be cumbersome to transfer my recipe, it would be worth it to me if it had reminders for when my expected fermentation should be done and or when I should add items to the fermentation. Just my two cents!
This is impossible to implement. You would need massive amounts of data about water chemistry and exact malt analysis, mash temps, fermentation temps, pitching rates, etc, etc. A supercomputer would have to crunch all the data. And even then, it wouldn't be right because Mother Nature is a huge wildcard variable.

I'll take a wild guess that your beer will be done fermenting somewhere between 1 and 4 weeks from the day you brew it.
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AWESOME! Been wanting something just like this.

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Old 03-31-2011, 05:18 PM   #10
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Walker I think you misunderstood my comment, not asking the program to figure fermentation out for me...instead a place to add an alarm for a date I determine that I need to add items to a secondary and/or if I am brewing a beer that I know an approximate time that the primary will wrap up...a reminder portion could be added that you manually enter. I apologize if this was perceived as a request to figure the fermentation out, instead I meant as a reminder for me to start taking gravity readings.

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