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Old 07-14-2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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Is beersmith ap/desk top software worth the money or is there a website that has GOOD free calculators?

About to do first all grain batch and need some helpful calculators

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Old 07-14-2013, 01:53 AM   #2
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Beersmith is great, and probably worth the money. Lots of flexibility.

Tastybrew.com does a lot of things, including recipe and priming calculation. Green Bay Rackers has some nice calculators for practical questions, such as whether your mash tun is big enough. There is the ever-popular Mr. Malty pitching rate calculator, and of course Dave's Dreaded Actual Specific Gravity Calculator. All are free, and I find myself using them all frequently.


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Old 07-14-2013, 02:10 AM   #3
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IMO BeerSmith is worth it. You can get a free trial to play with before deciding.

The others mentioned are good as well, kind of have to see what works best for you
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:47 AM   #4
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I love BrewSmith. Do the free trial on your first batch recipe.

Be sure to check out all the features. It figures your strike volume and temps to achieve your desired mash temp, even adjusting for your own MLT specs. It tells you your sparge volume. You can use it to scale a recipe effortlessly. I had trouble at first hitting my numbers or over sparging and having too low OG and too high volume, and it was great to use to figure out where I should expect my batch to end up (ABV, IBU, color, FG) and whether I was still within the style parameters. You can even track your inventory and calculate your cost per batch, if you're into that sort of thing. It is very flexible. Well worth the money!
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:58 AM   #5
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I used BeerCalculus when it was on Hopville.com. It worked well. It was bought and changed some by Brewtoad I do not like the new layout as much.

Beersmith is more complicated but gives a lot more control and details. It takes a bit of a learning curve to use it but I think it is well worth the $$.
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Hey,if an old brewdog like me can learn to use Beersmith2,then anyone can. It's pretty in-depth,but helps a lot in every aspect of the brewday. Even has a page for notes on every recipe. That's handy. Then there's My Equipment,where you set up kettle size,brewing style,etc. You can also add fermentables,hops,& adjuncts to the respective lists. Def way worth the one time fee.
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+1 To everything said.

Well worth the $$
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Beersmith is a joke. until you rip your hair out and get used to it's faults.

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I have it and think it is great software but some what over kill for extract brewing. Ian's spreadsheet on AHB is a LOT easier to use
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I have it and think it is great software but some what over kill for extract brewing.
Well, OP is going AG, so...


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