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View Poll Results: Which of the big three do you use.
BeerSmith 1,129 65.18%
BeerTools Pro 159 9.18%
Promash 222 12.82%
another software 222 12.82%
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:07 PM   #91
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I use BeerAlchemy for recipe calculation, but I do all my water/brewday calculations using a simple little perl script I wrote. I wrote a php app for my salt addition calculations.

 
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:30 AM   #92
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I currently use an Excel spreadsheet that I created myself. It calculates everything based on the ingredient and batch/boil size inputs. Also has tasting/racking/bottling notes and dates and an index to provide a quick comparison of all my past brews.

I plan to start all-grain soon and will need to modify the base worksheet to account for this, but part of the reason I use my own spreadsheet is that I like messing around with all that stuff!

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 04:32 PM   #93
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I created a program that I think takes the best features of all of the above programs in one and it is free. I wrote the program for my own home brewing and I wanted to make it available to all brewers. I'd appreciate anyone taking a look at it and letting me know what you think. Let me know if you think anything needs to be added or if it needs any additional features. I's available on my blog below.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 04-19-2010, 04:41 PM   #94
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I use BeerSmith because I've found it simple to use and versatile. I like the printed brewsheet that it has. One thing I would like to see is a fly sparge option and under equipment a 3 tier setup so it's not telling you to add water but instead it tells you to bring the temp up.

 
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:12 AM   #95
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I have been using Beer Tools Pro lately. I'm not a real fan. I'd like to get something different but I don't want to keep spending money on software.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:37 AM   #96
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with Beer Tools Pro what the heck do you need a membership for?
something about it i just dont like. what cant you do with the software that you can do with it and your membership fee?
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:41 AM   #97
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Actually, there are some tool on the web site that aren't in the software. Figure that one out.
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Old 04-27-2010, 12:50 PM   #98
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you dont need a membership to use BeerToolsPro, the membership is for access to the database of over 7,000 recipes on Beertools.com and its recipe creator.
for some just starting out, it will give them a great jumping off point for new recipes they might want to brew without much researching.
the guys keep updating it and with a little time spent learning how to set it up and use it correctly, it is a very nice program. it comes with a printable user guide that explains everything.
while everyone has there own preferences, and any one of the software programs will work just fine for most, I tried them all, and BTP held my attention and the guys there actually add feature requests made by the users consistently. if you have to add the majority of ingredients yourself, the software should be priced accordingly, IMO.

 
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:21 PM   #99
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I have been using Beer Tools Pro lately. I'm not a real fan. I'd like to get something different but I don't want to keep spending money on software.
What exactly don't you like? It's definitely the least intuitive of the bunch but it's also highly customizable and flexible. It might do what you want but it's not obvious how.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:53 PM   #100
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I have been using Beer Tools Pro lately. I'm not a real fan. I'd like to get something different but I don't want to keep spending money on software.
Have you tried BrewTarget? Open Source and free. I know rocketman has been working on getting a new version out with some fixes and improvements, but pretty nice.

 
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