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Old 11-30-2010, 11:19 PM   #1
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This probably belongs in the Brewing Software section but I don't see many people frequenting there Anyhow, I searched around the forum for opinions about software but I couldn't really find any similar threads except one from 2007 and I am assuming that more software has been released/updated since then.

So, could you please give me your opinions on what the best brewing software is and why you feel that way? I am new to all-grain so if one application is better than another for all-grain-noobies please let me know.

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Old 11-30-2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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I swear by beesmith.

But i think there are others who will disagree.

 
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:45 PM   #3
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I'm not certain any one of them is better. For the most part, they all work. Each has its quirks. The for-money programs almost always offer a fully functional trial version, and the free ones are, well, free. Try them and see which one works for you.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:52 PM   #4
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i also use beersmith, but that's because it's the first 1 i got my hands on, and got used to it
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:53 PM   #5
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I'm not certain any one of them is better. For the most part, they all work. Each has its quirks. The for-money programs almost always offer a fully functional trial version, and the free ones are, well, free. Try them and see which one works for you.
I have tried both QBrew and Brewmate (both free) and I don't really like either of them. The ones I hear mentioned most often are Beer Tools Pro and Beer Smith. Since I only want to purchase one I'm looking for opinions. Do both Beer Smith and Beer Tools tell you what temperature to mash at depending on the recipe, grain temp and things like that? I don't want to download any timed trials because I won't be brewing again until mid-late December.

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Old 11-30-2010, 11:57 PM   #6
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beersmith is the only ive used but i love it. very easy to use.

it has pre-sets for mashing, but i usuaaly do my own mash.

 
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:58 PM   #7
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it has a trial version too, i think it was only $20 to purchase. but that was years ago.

 
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:03 AM   #8
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it has a trial version too, i think it was only $20 to purchase. but that was years ago.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:16 AM   #9
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Check out Brewtarget. Its open source (free) and is pretty full featured. There is a thread about it on HBT as well. Just search it.

 
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:06 AM   #10
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I use Beertools pro and like it very much, the visual look of the output is beautiful, I like the program, don't understand the website and the subscription price(I don't see any value in the web site) I would love to buy updated ingredient data, but that's not part of the subscription price. I also like importing recipes and exporting recipes via beer XML since it's a flexible standard. It's also based on recient windows tools so it looks and feels like a windows program, not something that was written for DOS and ported.

 
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