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Old 07-05-2008, 05:43 AM   #11
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I've just used, but I think its IBU calcs are occasionally suspect.

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Old 07-05-2008, 01:06 PM   #12
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I was trying to make the same decision about six months ago. I was comparing promash and beersmith. It seemed like both were popular packaged. Both were used by veteran brewers.

I was won over to beersmith because it was actively being developed.

I could also see on beersmith's forums that they were responding to users questions.


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Old 07-05-2008, 01:13 PM   #13
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Make you own spreadsheet. It will help you understand the process better and enable you customize every aspect.
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:21 PM   #14
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A+ For Beertools Pro I like it better than Promash or Beersmith.
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Old 07-05-2008, 02:46 PM   #15
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Brewblogger is pretty good as well. Is is by nature more of a blog software but it includes calculators for a few things and nicely customizable. is the site I made with it.

Best of all, it is free.

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Old 07-05-2008, 03:22 PM   #16
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If you can hold out for another few weeks, I'm pretty sure BTP is going to have a free trial period when v 1.5 is realeased.
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Old 07-05-2008, 03:35 PM   #17
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Promash is the only way to go because that is what I use, however there are plenty of misguided people who believe that Beersmith is good.

Seriously, I would download the free trial versions of any software you are considering, and try them out and pick the one you prefer (if any).

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Old 07-05-2008, 04:27 PM   #18
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+1 to AJF. Download what you think you might like, use it for as much as it'll let you do, try it on and see if it fits. One application will fit you like a nice pair of trousers.

I use Promash, primarily because I've used it for ages and ages, from homebrewing to pro brewing and back again. It's familiar and I'm extremely comfortable with it.

No piece of software is going to be the be-all and end-all. Useful tools, to be sure. But each brewery is different, and it'll take some time to get your software successfully configured, even after you select an application and get comfortable with it.

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I just wanted to thank everyone for the very helpful replies (as usual)!

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