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Old 10-21-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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I would like to enter in my recipes and find the common ingredients between them to make things easier when it comes to ordering bulk ingredients. I was thinking about creating a spreadsheet, but would rather use brewing software if I can. Does anyone know of a brewing software that can do this?

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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Beersmith comes to mind. You can download a free 21-day trial version from beersmith.com.

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Brewsmith comes to mind. You can download a trial version from brewsmith.com.
I downloaded the trial version the other day and played with it a bit. I was trying to work with the sample recipes to see if I could get a complete ingredient list, but didn't see a way to do it. I need to spend a little more time with it and see if it will do what I'm wanting.
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Ahhhh.

No. The new release of BeerSmith v2.0 does not do this.

BeerSmith v1.4 does by means of a recipe search function by ingredient selections.

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Yes, it does take some getting used to. I was in the same situation as you when I first started using it. Then it eventually started to click and now I use it quite frequently - mostly for recipe design and recipe tracking. I really like the way it lets me tweak recipes so I can save previous versions of a recipe in case the newly tweaked recipe doesn't work out. For example, I'll save v1, v2, v3 of a recipe until I get it just how I like it.

I also use the various tools like hydrometer adjustment, alcohol-percentages, attenuation, etc.

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The earlier version of Beersmith "bit me" when I tried to "remove from inventory" when an ingredient was missing. Therefore, I gave up on beersmith for inventory. I created a spreadsheet seen here: http://i52.tinypic.com/2cgbos1.jpg

Apparently the new version of beersmith handles inventory better.

As for ordering, I always order 5 lbs of specialty malts, and I order them when my normal amount used is not in stock anymore. I'm going to update that spreadsheet to figure out avg use, max/min use and may be do color formatting.

Let me know if you want that spreadsheet.

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