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Old 04-19-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
Jan 2007
New York, NY
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I'm thinking about investing in one of the beer brewing apps. Does anyone have any insight on which one I should get?? Any insight would be very helpful.


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Old 04-19-2007, 07:59 PM   #2
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Well, I personally like Beersmith. It's got a three-week free trial, so download it and take it for a spin. I've heard good things about BeerTools Pro, but have not used it myself and can't comment on whether it's good or bad.

I don't care for ProMash's interface. All three will do the job, though, and there are some free programs out there that others swear by.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:02 PM   #3
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I tried the free trial on Promash and Beersmith and ended up buying Beer Tools Pro. I like BTP the best, but thought Beersmith was good too. I didn't like Promash at all.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:59 PM   #5
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I've got ProMash (had it since 2001). I wish it did a few things it doesn't do (like price my recipes, print an entire inventory, measure hops in grams, show estimated SRM as a color, etc.). I'm playing with Beersmith right now, but I'm not crazy about it's interface. I'll have to check out BTP.

Other than it's shortcomings, Promash is a pretty good tool. I actually have a couple of tools loaded onto my PocketPC phone from Promash that comes in very handy on brew day. I've got a first strike calculator, hydrometer calculator, and an alc. content calculator. Unfortunately, they don't communicate with the actual program, but they are handy to have.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:06 PM   #6
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I dl'd and tried all three and wound up buying beersmith. I just like the interface better. I didn't like promash at all.

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:10 PM   #7
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Didn't like the ProMash trial. Bought BeerSmith and later bought BTP. I don't like BTP very much. I use BeerSmith constantly.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:11 PM   #8
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I've been pretty happy with ProMash, but I never looked at getting anything else....

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:39 PM   #9
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Another vote for Beersmith. Very easy to use and seems to be pretty powerful.

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:54 PM   #10
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I'm using the beer smith trial and I'm going to be buying. It's a great tool. I tried Promash and didn't like it.
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