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Old 09-16-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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I have been using ProMash but found it lacking in the area of grains and yeast and hops selection to make recipes....I felt I wasted money.

Did I waste more money? The free trial seems way better....

Someone please tell me I made the right decision in spending 21 bucks on another software....


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Old 09-17-2010, 12:04 AM   #2
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While I would agree that Promash is dated you can add ingredients to the database as needed.


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Old 09-17-2010, 12:09 AM   #3
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You didn't waste your money. Be sure to go to the web site and download all the files for the various grains from different manufacturers.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:13 AM   #4
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Well I loved the interface better than Promash. Easier and not as complex. I felt like I had a bazillion windows to open. On top of that I love the descriptions of the yeast strains etc it provides to help determine good quality.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:15 AM   #5

I say you wasted your money. Why pay when you can use a free spreadsheet that does everything you need. Plus, you can update it at any time without waiting for anyone. But that's just me. I can't see spending $$ on stuff I can easily do for free.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:17 AM   #6
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I say you wasted your money. Why pay when you can use a free spreadsheet that does everything you need. Plus, you can update it at any time without waiting for anyone. But that's just me. I can't see spending $$ on stuff I can easily do for free.
Where is this free spreadsheet you speak of.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:38 AM   #7
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I've had Beersmith for a couple of years now. I use it for every recipe. Works great and is really easy. It takes me about 10 minutes to enter and dial-in a recipe for my AG process.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:13 AM   #8
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I've always been an open source, free software kind of guy. However, Beersmith is one of those things that's well worth it. You figure it's roughly the cost of 1 AG batch, but it'll make things so much easier for you.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:44 AM   #9
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I have all three f the big ones, BTP, Promash and Beersmith. I personally use BTP, but would rather have either of the other ones rather than my old spread sheet.
BTP is constantly being updated (for free) and includes practically every beer ingredient you can think of. you can always add ingredients to either free programs and spreadsheets, but the idea of me adding all the tedious things was ridiculous to me. I would much rather pay someone else to do that stuff while I brew beer.
truth is though, to each his own!

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:13 AM   #10
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It was on sale last week 3Peg for 16 bucks, so you only wasted $5. You'll like Beer Smith more, once you get used to the interface.



 
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