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Old 06-01-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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I've been brewing for a couple years now, BIAB AG for the last ~year and use BrewPal for the iPhone. I like it, but I feel that I've sort of outgrown it. BrewPal does a lot for a phone app, but from what I've seen, there's many far better brewing programs out there. I've played around with the free trial version of BeerSmith (I don't think it was the newest version), and it seemed great. As far as the others, no clue. I'm wondering what other brewers use and what they think of their software. Not sure if it matters anymore these days, but as far as operating systems I'm running Mac OS X 10.7.3

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Old 06-01-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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I haven't used anything else really but I love beersmith. One of the best purchases I've made.

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I haven't used anything else really but I love beersmith. One of the best purchases I've made.
The trial version seemed like it was solid. Question, I know with BS you input your equipment, does it have settings for BIAB type setup?
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I've used beersmith and promash (I don't think the latter is available for mac). Both are great, but beersmith is better. Better integrated, more calculators, more intuitive. Both have a pretty steep learning curve, given the extreme amount of control and detail they go into.

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The trial version seemed like it was solid. Question, I know with BS you input your equipment, does it have settings for BIAB type setup?
Yes, there are BIAB setups that can be used, copied, and adjusted. I am still learning, but the more I use BeerSmith the more I like it.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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Been using BeerSmith since version 1.4 (I believe) and nothing else has come close enough to replace it. I've tried others but once you get past the learning curve with BeerSmith, it's all good.

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Awesome. Thanks. I'm not really worried about the learning curve, I'm guessing it cuz there's so much more you can do with it.

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...... once you get past the learning curve with BeerSmith, it's all good.
If I get confused, I'll just harass you about it or post my silly questions here.
The free trial I had was on a computer that has now passed away, but the trial was already spent. Luckily, I got the trial of BS2 downloaded. I think I'll run my next few recipes on that and see how I like it. Just the interface seems way more involved than BrewPal, I'm looking forward to having so many options.
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I just used the BIAB setting last night and got myself what I hope to be a nice two gallon Barleywine for later this fall/winter.

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Beersmith 2.0 really streamlined the learning curve. Plus the vids are excellent. Today I am really diggin' the new 2.1 mash and boil timers.

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I plan to give the timers in BeerSmith 2.1 a shot with my next batch. I'll just run it on my Windows [8] tablet when brewing (at my buddy's place). With any luck at all I'll be brewing at a new place following that.

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