Bradley J. Smith BeerSmith
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Pros: Easy to use, very intuitive an flexible. Scaling, sharing and tracking recipes...and quick support responses.
Cons: Nothing yet, and I've been using it for two years.
Recommended? NoCan't wait for the new version, which I hear is in beta testing now!
May 20, 2011 at 08:58 AM
Pros: accurate and cheap.
Cons: not free and somewhat difficult to use starting off
Recommended? Yesgood product. Somewhat difficult to use at start for novice but it works beautifully and has been accurate for me.
March 16, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Pros: BJCP styles are up to date and when you choose to design a new recipe, all windows of acceptability are easy to see (i.e., OG, IBU, SRM color).
Cons: Some of the descriptions of different malts, hops, and yeast are a little uninformative. You'll need to do research of these on your own to gain a little introspective on what to expect. Even with that said, personal experience is the only thing that truly matters.
Recommended? YesI love this program. The ease of use and style guidelines drops about three trial run brews off any new recipe. I never used a program before and just used other recipes that i found and tweaked them to my own. I found all to often that IBUs, color, or OG/FG were out of style. This program calculates all additions of grain, hops and water/batch size to determine estimated OG, IBUs, and color. Most grains are preprogrammed into Beersmith. One of the cool features I liked was the ability to send all ingredients to a shopping list which includes price. You will have to adjust the price of each item according to your LHBS or internet shopping place of choice but I didn't find this difficuly (just tedious). All in all, this is a great program
January 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Pros: Has almost every grain and hop imaginable. Very easy to create recipes or find others. Wonderful when trying to figure out efficiency and planning for future batches
Cons: Took a little bit to figure out the batch sparging and the volumes. I was finally able to figure that out but had a few batches that caused some headaches.
Recommended? YesI did the sample download of this software and loved it right away. It is great to get a recipe from somewhere and build on it. This software has every grain I've wanted to try and makes it easy to add anything new. I was able to add canned pumpkin for a recipe this Fall and it was incredibly simple to do.
Of all the things people do to try and increase their experience, this is one item I find I can't do without. For anyone going into all grain brewing this is almost a "must have" item. It is less than almost any batch of beer you can do and gives you the format to track, design and save everything you do.
December 1, 2010 at 01:49 PM
Pros: easy to use
Recommended? YesVery easy to use very intuitive user interface so eveything is where you would look for it. Great for recipes and refractometer/hydrometer readings/corrections.