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View Poll Results: Which of the big three do you use.
BeerSmith 1,129 65.22%
BeerTools Pro 159 9.19%
Promash 221 12.77%
another software 222 12.82%
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:44 PM   #61
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With all the major software packages running around $25, it's hard to argue against value.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:17 PM   #62
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Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
With all the major software packages running around $25, it's hard to argue against value.
I suppose, unless the Recipator and other free calculators can deliver the core benefits.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:59 AM   #63
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but, not an honest vote, i have never used the others. i have no idea what is best. beersmith is intuitive however, and i like that

the only thing i have a problem with, is sparging. i guess i just need to mess with it more, but a seperate sparge column in the recipe area would be great.
i use other online calculators to determine strike temp for sparge 1, and for sparge 2 since beersmith does not have what i want.
i must be overlooking it being it is so damned comprehensive...

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Old 12-27-2008, 05:02 PM   #64
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I love Beer Smith, but iv never tried the others. You can tweak Beer Smith to do what you want. The more I fiddle with the program the more I learn. Also they have great support. If you have a problem go to there web site / forum, and ask your question. The moderators or someone else will always have an answer.

There was a concern with batch sparging so they re wrote the program to accommodate. I thought that was great.

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:44 AM   #65
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At this point I use StrangeBrew Java and various web-based calculators. I downloaded the trial of BTP and have been a bit frustrated by it, but I'll play around with it some more. Right now I am leaning against buying it.

I'll try Beersmith at a later point

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:44 AM   #66
Oct 2008
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i havent bought the full version of any of the programs yet, but so far, I'd say Promash is more user-friendly, and definitely easier to navigate

just tinkered around with beersmith for the first time- it seems to have more features than promash

like someone said earlier, it would be nice if you could open multiple windows in beersmith- i do all my windows organizing with windows, not tabs

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:50 AM   #67
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Does beersmith have a tutorial on how to use it once you buy the full version vs the trial version? I have the big three trial versions downloaded now (beersmith, BTP, and pro mash). I am new to brewing, and to be honest with you, I dont know what half the dang parimeters it is asking me to input mean. I would like to learn beersmith for I like its interface, just with i knew how to use it for all its worth. I reall want to know questions like; how much striking water to use in mash and temp, how much sparge water to use and what temp, and so on. Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:05 PM   #68
Nov 2008
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I've tried Beersmith and Promash, but for the New AG brewer (4 batches), Beersmith was the easiest to learn. We bought Beersmith. Now, if I could just get my sparging technique down.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:37 PM   #69
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Although i haven't started brewing yet, two days and we will be cooking! i do have a copy of Beer Smith that i got from a friend who brews. I've started looking at it by entering my inventory and such. The only problem i have is finding all the information on a type of hops or malt when they came in a kit. I bought a kit to do as my first beer and i have to manually enter some of the hops in the software such as the Argentine Cascade hops. I can't figure out where to go to get all the information about the hops as LD Carlson's website, the make of the brewers best kit that i bought, doesn't contain any of the information. Any help would be wonderful!

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Old 03-04-2009, 07:51 PM   #70
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just picked up beersmith after using trial versions of each for some time trying to find the most intuitive and complete program. I love it.
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