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Old 07-21-2011, 03:44 PM   #11
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I also use BrewMate. Its free and has a pretty decent interface.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:50 PM   #12
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I use beertools - the free version is online only, but that is good enough for me.

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Old 07-21-2011, 04:13 PM   #13
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I have used Beer-Smith and Brew-target, both worked very well and are well worth the money. Although Brew-target is free you should provide some recompense to the coder it is good software. Like I said I used both for a trial/test, although both are very good I went back to what I have developed on my own.
I have a spreadsheet that calculates out target OG and FG based on the malts used and the malt analysis sheets, and the yeast characteristics. Also calculates the IBU based on hop AA% also calculates the amount and temperature of strike water and the amount of sparge water. Adding the calculations for adjustments to my brewing water based on my water analysis report from Wards. Just now getting into those math equations and adding them to EXCEL.

Once I get the spreadsheet fine tuned going to build an access database to stare and report on my recipes. Of course this is just for my use and is highly personalized to what I want.

But if you like Beer-Smith buy it. You can try out Brew-Target and if you like it donate to the coder. Developing stuff like that is a lot of work, effort and thought. Plus the testing and updating and maintaining to run at current software levels is a lot of work. So pay the guy who does the work.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:50 AM   #14
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You could always try my Brew Chart/Workbook (below in my signature). Gives you pretty much what a program like Beersmith would give you, but it's free. It is setup for batch sparge all grain brewing and covers pretty much everything you'll need from recipe design to first taste.

Any questions just ask.

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Here is what the first tab looks like where you would design a beer or input a recipe to brew. As you scroll over each particular ingredient a description of it pops up with a profile and best use. There is no math for you to worry about, all of it is taken care of for you within the workbook. There are many other tabs dedicated to your brewday, water profile, yeast pitch, bottling/kegging, etc... as well.

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Old 07-22-2011, 06:22 PM   #15
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If you like beersmith, pay the coder for it. If you don't want to pay, use the free software (I rather like brewtarget, but I am admittedly biased) or use one of the several online packages.
that's what I said.
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You could always try my Brew Chart/Workbook (below in my signature). ... Any questions just ask.
the link is not working... Where can i found the file... thanks a lot
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:42 PM   #17
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the link is not working... Where can i found the file... thanks a lot
Send me a pm with your email address and I'll send you a copy. I'm working on an update so the link has been down for some time.
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I use BrewTarget because it has Linux support. It doesn't hurt that you can interact with the developers right here on HBT.

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I use BrewTarget because it has Linux support. It doesn't hurt that you can interact with the developers right here on HBT.
I have beersmith on my linux box.....
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:12 PM   #20
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I have beersmith on my linux box.....
Is it naive? I don't 'whine' unless I have too.
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