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kylekestell 05-04-2012 06:58 PM

Introducing Brewtoad

My name is Kyle. I'm a software engineer and homebrewer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. About six months ago, in an effort learn more about the science of brewing, I started writing a simple beer recipe editor. Once I had something that worked, I started showing a few friends at work...

Fast forward a few months. My current employer, Ackmann & Dickenson, has thrown some of its best resources at the project, and we've managed to turn my simple web application into something I'm hugely proud of.

Seeing as I learned almost everything I know about brewing from lurking on the forums here on homebrewtalk, I thought it was only fitting that I give something back.

So, in honor of National Homebrew Day and our friends at Homebrewtalk, we'd like to announce the beta release of Brewtoad, and invite everyone to hop in and let us know what they think.


Here's what we're offering for our beta release:
  • Interactive recipe editor with realtime calculation and graphical display of OG, FG, IBU, ABV, color, and balance.
  • BJCP styles are fully integrated. See how closely your recipe conforms to its style while you work on it.
  • Advanced recipe search. Filter by ingredients, properties, style, and more.
  • BeerXML import with support for multiple recipes in one file (export coming soon). Upload your entire library in one shot.
  • Support for custom fermentables, hops, and yeasts.
  • Facebook login integration.
  • Comment on recipes or share on Facebook and Twitter.
  • An intelligent ranking algorithm which takes into account how many people have saved a recipe, commented on it, its age, and more.
  • Modern, responsive UI built with HTML5 and CSS3. Support for smartphones and tablets. Chrome frame support for old versions of IE.

The Brewtoad dev team is tiny (I write the code, Chris does the UI), and we're as passionate about homebrewing as we are about creating great software.

So, we're here and we want to know what you think. Request features, report bugs. Tell us what you love, and what you're not crazy about.


P.S., We've got a booth at the AHA conference this year, so stop by and say hi!

fermentinginpa 05-06-2012 12:28 PM

Very nice, great interface!

kylekestell 05-06-2012 01:34 PM

Thanks! We think that creating your recipes should be (almost) as fun as brewing them. I've passed a link to this thread on to Chris the UI dude; I'm sure he'll appreciate the praise!

SPLASTiK 05-07-2012 01:02 AM

Looks pretty cool. I'm glad to see you incorporated BeerXML as well.

kylekestell 05-07-2012 03:12 AM

Indeed. BeerXML is way cool, however matching incoming ingredients can be a serious pain.

Brewtoad has a pretty comprehensive ingredient database, but it can still be tough to match an incoming ingredient with what we've got on file. While we do our best to use the ingredient names exactly as they're specified by the maltster, laboratory, etc. many of the other systems that write BeerXML have truly awful names for their ingredients.

When we can't find a match for an incoming ingredient, the BeerXML importer silently creates a custom ingredient under that user's account.

Probably more information than you wanted, but I like talking about this stuff :)

Lasse 11-08-2012 01:34 PM

Looks really good, have some miner complaints about metric system not working.

have you thought about making the project Open Source and creating a community around it.

I my self am a software engineer an would like to get into developing on a brewing system in my spare time. And would be grate not to have to start from scratch and i defiantly dont have the UI skills needed. so would be grat just to be able to contribute.

sym3tri 11-12-2012 02:17 AM

Good job. Looks great!

Barnesie 11-13-2012 03:13 PM

Just playing with this, but you should be very proud. Your UI work is fantastic.

My only suggestions would be to show grain bill items as a percentage which would really help with specialty malt formulations. Also, it's a nice touch when SRM scales with your additions. For example, making a stout at 64L and the scale just shows white to red...it would be a nice touch if the color scale more closely resembled the SRM results.

verbhertz 11-16-2012 02:19 PM

Super cool! As a homebrewer just getting into programming, I am envious. Well done.

techbrewie 11-17-2012 03:54 PM

I use brewtoad and its pretty awesome. not as much functionality as a program like beersmith, but it is a simple easy to use interface with a lot of functionality. For all but the advanced brewer, this should be a site everyone can/should utilize. :-)

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