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View Poll Results: Which of the big three do you use.
BeerSmith 1,128 65.20%
BeerTools Pro 159 9.19%
Promash 221 12.77%
another software 222 12.83%
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:35 AM   #101
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I have used beersmith and promash(just the demo) and so far I much prefer Promash, so much so I ordered it online yesterday even though it hasn't been updated in 7-years. I had an issue with beersmith where it became locked on "preview pane", so the interface became ugly. I also like in promash how it keeps the hop profile, grain bill, and yeast separate in a recipe. It also has no option for costs which is cool because this is a hoppy. Beersmith has a calender, which is nearly impossible to read. I do not like though in Promash how you have to create a recipe before you can create a brew session.

I just downloaded the beertools demo and it looks difficult.

 
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:54 AM   #102
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have beer tools pro for mac its a good good program
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:27 AM   #103
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I've had promash for about 2 years and BeerSmith for about two weeks now. I've brewed a couple batches now on BeerSmith and greatly prefer ProMash still. I'm gonna give it one more day before tossing aside.

I really like the tools of BeerSmith but hate how they aren't imbedded into the 'recipe' or 'session' like in ProMash. I also hate not having multiple windows open.
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:07 PM   #104
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I bought a new computer a few months ago, so I downloaded another trial of beersmith to give it another try. I just dont get it, I have used Beertools Pro for 3 years and I couldnt imagine moving to Beersmith.
I have read where several people have tried beertools pro and thought it too complicated, I admit it took a few minutes to get going, but the included manual as well as continued updates made it very easy for me to figure out.
I personally think the discrepancy in numbers comes more from the length of time beersmith has been available rather than actual usage problems. btw, I have been known to be wrong from time to time however......

 
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:47 PM   #105
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I bought a new computer a few months ago, so I downloaded another trial of beersmith to give it another try. I just dont get it, I have used Beertools Pro for 3 years and I couldnt imagine moving to Beersmith.
I have read where several people have tried beertools pro and thought it too complicated, I admit it took a few minutes to get going, but the included manual as well as continued updates made it very easy for me to figure out.
I personally think the discrepancy in numbers comes more from the length of time beersmith has been available rather than actual usage problems. btw, I have been known to be wrong from time to time however......
I really wish I would've given BTP a try too - at this point though, I've already put too much into software. Promash it is!
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:01 PM   #106
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I use both PM and BS, but by necessity. BS is horrible at recipe formulation and aging hops. I actually use PM to get my adjusted hop AA and put it into BS as a new hop such as Chinook 2008. If you use BS to change the age on one hop, it changes all of them! I hope this changes for ver 2.0.

 
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:05 PM   #107
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I only used BeerSmith. It is suitable, but defiantly getting old. Those note fields are too limited and the beer colors could be upgraded. Hop and grain lists need updating - I've done that manually, but lost it all when I bought a new computer and didn't back up my updated hop and grain lists. BTP looks interesting, since the owner is maintaining it and keeping it up to date.

 
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:51 PM   #108
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I've been really happy with Beer Tools Pro. Been using it for about 2 months now without any problems.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:54 PM   #109
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I've been really happy with Beer Tools Pro. Been using it for about 2 months now without any problems.
it's great stuff!

 
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:57 AM   #110
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Just got ProMash - I like the simplicity.

Tricky when scaling recipes - you must check the ballot box "Lock Ingredients to Batch Size" before scaling the size of the batch...

I am not sure why you wouldn't make that behavior the default.
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