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Old 12-08-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
Oct 2008
North of Kalifornia
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Download the trial software --- I'm going to do my 2nd brew in a few days. The brew shop gave me the stuff for a Nut Brown Ale - which looks very much like an English Northern Brown Ale. What I was aiming for was something more towards a English Southern Brown Ale ( a bit smoother sweeter).

So I pumped the ingredients into BeerSmith (even the hops schedule) And by reducing the hops (Kents Goldings) from 2oz to 1.6oz --- I have the IBU down from 21.7 to 16.

Seems very easy to use if you are used to fiddling on a computer.

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Old 12-08-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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I think most everyone here uses some sort of brewing software. If you want to make your own recipes it's pretty much a neccessity.

The author of BeerSmith is actually a member here.

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Old 12-08-2008, 08:01 AM   #3
Sep 2008
Baton Rouge, LA
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I used Beersmith through the trial and immediately had to purchase it. It's awesome!
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:00 AM   #4
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same here. In fact, I was impressed enough to purchase it only a few days after starting the trial.
initially I was using it to convert and modify all grain into extract-based recipes. Soon as I finish building my HERMS I'll be using it a bit more often. Brewing has slowed considderably since SWMBO uh, "requested" that I vacate the kitchen and "do whatever you need to do" to brew in the carport (need I say how hard it was to conceal my joy at being told, in essence, to build my all-grain rig? )
Kegged: Big Bad Brown Ale (Brown Ale and Porter blend).

Plans: Oak-Smoked Porter, Honey Brown Ale.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:29 PM   #5
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Feb 2008
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I downloaded and used BS, but have not purchased it. I can really be a big assistance. I probably should go buy it, but it's one of those things that I keep putting off, like a full membership to this site. It's easily the best of the software I've tried.

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Old 12-08-2008, 01:36 PM   #6
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I love Beersmith. What's funny is that I spent HOURS creating an excel spreadsheet to keep track of my recipes. It was just for extract brewing but it could give me the OG based on extract and IBU's. I put a lot of work into figuring out how to compute IBU's adjusted for gravity, etc. Then I found beersmith and it did so much more. I had to have it.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:39 PM   #7
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I downloaded and used both trial versions of Promash and Beersmith. I ended up buying Beersmith. I know a lot of people use Promash and it's a good program too. Beersmith seemed to be more up to date on ingredients and easier to set my brew system parameters, so that swayed me. But maybe Promash has updated their ingredients since I've looked. I know a lot of people were complaining about it being dated.

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Old 12-08-2008, 01:41 PM   #8
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I love Beersmith- I use it for all of my recipes, and to adjust my hopping and efficiency. I use it for ABV calculations and hydrometer adjustments, too.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:43 PM   #9
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BeerSmith is great and money well spent. The capabilities are awesome and will support you up to any level you wish to go in your brewing endeavor.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:51 PM   #10
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I didn't use it for the first few months but always kept notes and even typed them up in word.

Once I spent a little time with Beersmith, I really liked it. It helps me with calculating efficiency, boil off, IBU's etc. It has notes about how differeent grains give different flavors. And it has a brew log to track my brews.

I'm sure there is more I haven't found yet.

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