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View Poll Results: Which of the big three do you use.
BeerSmith 1,128 65.24%
BeerTools Pro 158 9.14%
Promash 221 12.78%
another software 222 12.84%
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Old 12-07-2008, 01:51 AM   #51
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Not sure how to utilise any of them at this point, any tips would be appreciated. For now I am on my first kit (Bock).


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Old 12-07-2008, 04:14 AM   #52
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Beersmith

What do you like about the program you use?
It does all of the calculating for me, which is nice.

What is it missing?
It has a few quirks that annoy me sometime. Like when I want to add 3 ounces of malt, and the measurement is by the pound, I have to figure out what 3oz. is in points of a pound. The delete button on the keyboard also does not delete ingredients from a recipe, which I think it should (instead, the delete button on the program has to be pressed). Finally, the inventory management system is a little wonky, but I don't use it, so it doesn't bother me.

What does it do really well?
Calculates all of the "stats" of my recipes very accurately.

Why did you go for the one you did?
Tried it, liked it. The annoyances are small, and I'm sure will be addressed in future versions. Wish it was an open source project, I'd contribute heavily to it I'm sure.


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Old 12-07-2008, 04:25 AM   #53
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Like when I want to add 3 ounces of malt, and the measurement is by the pound, I have to figure out what 3oz. is in points of a pound.
You're about to like BeerSmith even more. Type "3 oz" into the quantity, and it will automatically convert to pounds. That technique works with most of the quantity fields in the program, and it will even convert between metric and English units.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:28 AM   #54
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What is it missing?
It has a few quirks that annoy me sometime. Like when I want to add 3 ounces of malt, and the measurement is by the pound, I have to figure out what 3oz. is in points of a pound.
Nope, actually it will do it for you. Just type in '3 oz' and it will convert the units for you.

 
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:38 AM   #55
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i am a beersmith user

 
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:57 PM   #56
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You're about to like BeerSmith even more. Type "3 oz" into the quantity, and it will automatically convert to pounds. That technique works with most of the quantity fields in the program, and it will even convert between metric and English units.
I danced a big ol' floppy jig of joy the day that someone mentioned that to me. Best Feature Ever.

You want 5 lb, 3 oz? You type 5 lb 3 oz, and you get it. Buahahahaha!
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:34 PM   #57
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I have Beersmith. I just started using it though so I really don't have an opinion on it right now. I do like the inventory feature though!

 
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:59 PM   #58
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I use BeerSmith now, and I love it. I started using it about three months ago. It'll run with wine under Linux, which is a big plus for me. It is an extremely versatile tool. I used to do most of the calculations it does by hand, and some where very tedious to do. BeerSmith is a huge productivity aid.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:51 AM   #59
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I voted "other," as I use the Recipator. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet. From where I'm sitting, it does everything I'd want a recipe program to do (and then some).

I don't mean this as an affront, but it seems the pay-for brew software is little more than glorified recipators with some added frills like inventory, etc. I'd love for someone to prove me wrong though. I'm itchin' to spend a buck on the next gizmo, but when it comes to software I really can't justify the cost in light of the online calculators.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:52 PM   #60
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I use that too... I think I mentioned it in another forum. It isn't as nice as promash, though. Promash has a lot more calculators that I find useful.

But I like to keep track of my recipes with recipator, saved on my hard drive in folders by style. I like it a lot for that.


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