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Old 08-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone used an app in there brewing and if so which one? I know I takes some of the fun out of it but I'd like to know just for fun.



 
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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I don't use an app, but I use Beersmith on my computer to formulate recipes and track batches. It would be really helpful if Beersmith would make a mobile app that will tie in with the desktop program so I can access recipes and input readings on the fly without having to have my laptop out in the garage while brewing.



 
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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How much is Brewsmith? Is it worth it for someone who is just starting out?

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:54 PM   #5
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Beersmith is under $30, and I absolutely love it. They also have a free trial you can download to try.
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It would be really helpful if Beersmith would make a mobile app that will tie in with the desktop program so I can access recipes and input readings on the fly without having to have my laptop out in the garage while brewing.
That would rock!

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:58 PM   #6
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Brewsmith is great. Download the free trial and give it a shot.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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I use BeerAlchemy Touch for the iPhone. It's decent (I have a lot of issues with the UI and lack of updates, but the developers do a good enough job). I'm planning on coding my own iOS app at some point, but I'm pretty slammed at work so thats at least a year+ out.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:05 PM   #8
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I use iBrewmaster. Kind of pricey, but I love it. It has a lot of Northern Brewer recipes already loaded for free, and there others you can purchase access to. That's the only thing that stinks. It's real handy in putting recipes together. You plug in the ingredients and the hop schedule and it will calculate the IBU's, ABV, OG, and estimate the color for you. It even tells you how your beer will compare to the BJCP standards. You tell it how you want to mash and sparge and it will calculate your strike water temps and volumes for you. It has a handy timer for the boil that gives you an alert when it's time to add something. And I get notifications when it's time to dry hop or move a beer into secondary or bottle it. It's a little clunky until you figure out everything it can do and how to enter data, but overall it's a great app.

I've been thinking about using Beersmith, but I like the flexibility of having my phone out in the garage with me while I'm brewing. If I want to change something on the fly on brew day I can plug it into the app and instantly see what it's going to do.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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I've been using beeralchemy for the last year. I have no complaints but I've never tried beer smith or any other pc/Mac based programs. It's a great value IMHO for $5.00. I especially like being able to formulate recipes wherever I may be since my iPhone is always in pocket.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:13 PM   #10
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+1 for Ibrewmaster. I agree that it takes some time to learn how the whole thing works but it is a very helpful app. And the comparison to the style guide has been extremely helpful in keeping my personal recipes in check. Considering all the money I spend on brewing a $10 app is not that big of an investment.



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