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Old 10-24-2007, 02:46 AM   #1
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I downloaded Beer Smith the other day and I've been having a bit of a play around with it. It seems pretty good but I've never used brewing software before so I don't have anything to compare it to. And I'm still getting ready for my first AG so a lot of the details I'm not familiar with anyway. It's only $20 so it's not a lot of money but before I spend some time using it, what do you all think is the best software?
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:51 AM   #2
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Check out the demo of promash as well. It's what I use and am used to. I've used Beersmith too but the screen is just WAY too cluttered for my taste (promash isn't a lot better). Promash has a free trial as well so give it a look see, it's the same price if I recall.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:57 AM   #3
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I've got an extra $20 around as well. Everyone has their favorite. My 1st purchase will either be Beersmith ot BeerToolsPro>

 
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:00 AM   #4
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Of the two big ones (BeerSmith and ProMash) I much prefer BeerSmith. The interface is a lot easier to figure out for me and looks a lot more modern. ProMash's interface reminds me of some old school shareware from the Win 3.1 days.
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Of the two big ones (BeersSmith and ProMash) I much prefer BeerSmith. The interface is a lot easier to figure out for me and looks a lot more modern. ProMash's interface reminds me of some old school shareware from the Win 3.1 days.
No argument there. They don't seem very interested in maintaining it either. If I were to purchase again I'd go for something that is still being looked after (Beersmith, BeerToolsPro, etc.).
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:15 AM   #6
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Beersmith for me.

The programmer is always on the beersmith forum to answer questions about the program.

I found it heaps easier to use, promash I had to refer to the instructions often.

I would have liked to try beertoolspro but no demo version.

 
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:43 PM   #7
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I use Beersmith and can say the software makers are very helpful. I've demoed Promash and didn't like it as much as Beersmith...
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:17 PM   #8
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Hey, basic brewing radio did a show on this a little while back here is a link to the podcast.

http://media.libsyn.com/media/basicb...07software.mp3

They also put out an excel spreadsheet that does most of the math for you. I have used this one for a couple AG batches and stuff has come out fine. I have not tried to replicate any of the batches I made using the excel sheet, so I can't say how it is on consistency.

http://basicbrewing.com/radio/xls/012-Hefe.xls
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