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Old 10-23-2008, 06:02 AM   #1
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I've been throwing around the idea of investing in software to accompany myself during the brew. So...whats good and whats not, and is it even worth it?

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Old 10-23-2008, 06:05 AM   #2
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my life would be much more difficult without BeerSmith.

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Old 10-23-2008, 11:17 AM   #3
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+1 software helps a lot. Before BeerSmith i would use this free software: The Beer Recipator 2.2 and it was pretty good for being free.

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Old 10-23-2008, 12:16 PM   #4
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If you're a mac user I suggest BeerAlchemy.

I see many free trial versions in your future.

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Old 10-23-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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I have been looking for a software like that, I just downloaded the Mac user BeerAlchemy program. The good news is, I won't have to write it down by hand and then enter it into a spread sheet! This is awesome!

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Old 10-23-2008, 01:43 PM   #6
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I have heard that BeerSmith is a good one. It is probably the one I would get if I could step away from my 3 ring binder with printed spreadsheets! I just have not been able to make the leap yet.

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Old 10-23-2008, 02:46 PM   #7
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Beersmith is great. For how much I use it, the price is a steal.

Some things I do with beersmith:

  • formulate recipes
  • calculate mash temps, sparge water, sparge temperature, strike temperature, amount of mash (according to whatever mash/water ratio I want)
  • calculate amount of priming sugar I need according to style, ambient temperature and residual CO2
  • adjust specific gravity readings for tempeature
  • calculate attenuation
  • get a great detalied brew sheet for brew day
  • keep all of my brewing and tasting notes for a beer
  • calculate decoctions if I'm feeling squirrely
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:52 PM   #8
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Beersmith FTW!

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