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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 11-04-2007, 05:20 PM   #11
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http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator is all I use. It could use more realistic IBU calculations and an updated hop list, but it serves.
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Old 11-04-2007, 05:25 PM   #12
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http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator is all I use. It could use more realistic IBU calculations and an updated hop list, but it serves.
I used to use that until I got Beersmith.
I think it's probably one of the best free ones.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:27 PM   #13
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Exactly. I just downloaded the Beer Alchemy demo yesterday. It's the first piece of homebrew software I'll be trying out, so I don't really have a baseline established for functionality.
I use both BTP and BA, personally. I like the inventory, batch, and interface features of beeralchemy, while I like BTP's ingredients database, mash schedules, and utilization calculators, and units better.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:33 PM   #14
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I have Beersmith. I've never used the other ones. A friend recommended Beersmith so I went with it. I think it's fairly easy to use but they should offer automatic updates for the ingredient inventories, I've added a number of different hops to mine
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:13 PM   #15
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Beersmith +1.

 
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:20 PM   #16
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http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator is all I use. It could use more realistic IBU calculations and an updated hop list, but it serves.
I hope they fixed the IBU calculator. Before I had ProMash, I tried the recipator, and after adding 10 freakin ounces of hops, my IBU's were like 50. I gave up on it after that and bought ProMash.

No particular reason why I bought it other than it was the first one I came across and I liked the trial. Didn't even know Beersmith existed at that point. I've grown accustomed to ProMash, and I don't think I'd switch over unless Beersmith could load my ProMash recipe files, which I'm pretty sure it can't. Plus, ProMash does everything I need it to do (despite having a GUI circa 1992...windows 3.1, anyone?)...and I can think of a thousand other things I'd rather drop $20 on right now. If I had to do it over, I might go with Beersmith, but not now.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:31 PM   #17
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As someone who bought BTP sight unseen (no free trial), I'm anxiously awaiting the next major dot release which should include the much awaited inventory feature. As someone who stocks large amounts of ingredients, it's a pain to have to check the stash each time I want to craft a recipe. Since I know beersmith has this, I can only recommend it until BTP upgrades. I also hear they'll have a free trial at that point.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:48 PM   #18
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I've grown accustomed to ProMash, and I don't think I'd switch over unless Beersmith could load my ProMash recipe files, which I'm pretty sure it can't.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:07 PM   #19
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What Bobby M said about BTP.I've been using the free Beer Tools version for about a year and SWMBO just got me BTP for my b-day.I wanted it mostly for inventory features that i thought it had(it doesn't).I actually like the free version better but i haven't done much with the new one yet for comparison.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:07 PM   #20
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Another vote for BeerSmith. I tried trials of all kinds of packages. BeerSmith seemed to be more full featured, have a better interface and have better support.

$20 very well spent.
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