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Old 01-26-2009, 01:58 AM   #1
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As I get into all grain brewing, what is the advantage of getting a software package that I can't do with a recipe and a calculator?

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:05 AM   #2
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Its a matter of convenience. A prepackaged software suite will have lots of bells and whistles that you would otherwise have to use several solutions for.

Thats pretty much it in a nutshell.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:08 AM   #3
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That's a silly question. It's so you can spend many hours of your free time designing recipes.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:14 AM   #4
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How do you know that the recipe is any good?
The software lets you verify that the recipe meets the style guide lines.
What if there is no recipe?
The software lets you design one from scratch.
Brewing softwware is much cheaper than a calculator that can calculate IBU's according to Tinseth (unless you use online calculators).
Download the Promash trial. It limits the number of recipes you can save without paying, but doesn't expire. This should give you a good idea about what brewing software can do for you. Then you can try the trial versions of Beersmith and Beer Tools. This should let you make a good decision about which (if any) you should buy before you spend any money.


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Old 01-26-2009, 02:37 AM   #5
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It's a way to organize your notes and save your recipes...
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:29 AM   #6
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Yeah, and it lets you figure out how much extract to add when you accidentally knock over your mash tun halfway through sparge...

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Old 01-26-2009, 03:56 AM   #7
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Ease and simplicity. Both of which usually don't go with brewing. If they did Budweiser never would have had more than one horse.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:43 AM   #8
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Thanks, that's very helpful!

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Old 01-26-2009, 05:37 PM   #9
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There are online webapps that can do recipe formulation as well. You don't necessarily need a software package.

Just throwing that out there (see sig).
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:30 PM   #10
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One plus is built-in reference tables, you don't have to look up the points for each grain and adjunct, just click on one and type in the amount.
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