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Old 02-03-2009, 04:46 AM   #1
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Anyone have any good suggestions for brewing software that runs on a Mac?

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:47 AM   #2
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I'm a BeerAlchemy user and I've never had any serious issues with it.

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:51 AM   #3
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I use Beer Tools Pro. If you head on over to the software forum there is quite a bit of info on both.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:22 AM   #4
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Beer Alchemy is very good.

I only have two issues with it:

1. the ability to write recipes in AAUs would be good (though the batch editor/brew day feature can work with multiple batches of the same hops, with different alpha-acid %s)

2. the SRM/color calculation is low, for some reason.

I also have Beer Tools Pro, which is good for its ingredients database and correct SRM calcs.

So, I guess I kinda use both to design recipes, but I brew with Bee Alchemy.

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:28 AM   #5
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I'm a big fan of Homebrew Formulator The ingredient list isn't huge, but it runs well and does calculations nicely. I also have Beer Alchemy, but I'm not overly impressed with it, maybe I just haven't played with it enough.

Also check out Q Brew I've played around with it, but don't have enough experience with it to give it a full judgement.

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:39 AM   #6
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I also have Beer Tools Pro, which is good for its ingredients database and correct SRM calcs.
I tried BTP. I did not like the fact that it consumed CPU cycles in the background. I have an iBook, so they are dearly missed.

BeerAlchemy is definitely limited and has some awkwardnesses, like the mash schedule editor and the effects of the sliders, but it's IMHO much easier to use than BTP.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:12 AM   #7
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Yes Beer Alchemy is a lot better when it come to usability that BTP. I do however like BTP for the recipe DB and the ingredients list. I know for me that once I sat down and used BTP for a while it got pretty easy. The hardest part is just getting at all setup, once you have that it is pretty straight forward. They both offer free trials, so you may as well just give them a shot.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:30 PM   #8
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beer tools is really good, but what the previous posts have said are correct in the fact that you have to do a bit of configuring and fooling around before everything fully clicks. Also i recommend calibrating all your equipment.

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:58 PM   #9
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+1 on Beer Alchemy...I haven't had any problems with it, but I have only had a full version for only 2 weeks or so. I also have not been brewing much as it's a bit chilly.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:38 PM   #10
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I did the trial for both and chose beer alchemy due to its clean/easy interface and simplicty. The ingredient list is lacking and the inventory function is pretty much useless. And as noted above, the SRM's are always way low. I just purchased BTP and like the more advanced features offered. I suggest try both and go from there. or buy both, only 60 bucks for both.

 
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