after some additional research - it looks like beersmith has something basically what I am looking for. They have beersmith 2 for the mac OS, and have a beersmith lite for the iphone. According to this http://www.beersmith.com/forum/index...ic,7733.0.html
they will have a full version of the iphone app coming in the new year. The current version does not allow recipe editing on the iphone, only the desktop.
Otherwise it sounds like a great option - if only it were a few months ahead of schedule!