Quantcast

Brewing Software for MAC

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

JDengler

Active Member
Joined
Feb 14, 2009
Messages
26
Reaction score
0
Anyone know if there is a brewing software that's MAC compatible?
 

flyangler18

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 5, 2008
Messages
5,559
Reaction score
43
Location
Hanover, PA
BeerAlchemy and Beer Tools Pro both run on OSX; you can get Beersmith to run if you install Parallels.

I used both Beer Alchemy and BTP; I prefer BTP.
 
OP
J

JDengler

Active Member
Joined
Feb 14, 2009
Messages
26
Reaction score
0
Great thanks....

I'm trying both of them out. I can't quite decide which works better for me.
 

williec30

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 24, 2008
Messages
147
Reaction score
1
Location
Michigan
quick plug for brewblogger... you can run the software in the default web space on your mac. obviously a bit more involved with the need for a web server and mysql... very nice for anywhere access however ;)
 

cruster

Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2007
Messages
14
Reaction score
0
I really like Homebrew Formulator. I've been using it since I went all-grain about 2 years ago. It's a really nice balance of user friendly and what I'll call "tweaky." I've tried demos of Beer Tools Pro and Beer Smith; I'm sure they're great but I felt like Homebrew Formulator was a lot easier to use without being dumbed down.
 

schristian619

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2008
Messages
581
Reaction score
4
Location
San Diego, CA
I have beer alchemy and btp, and prefer beer alchemy. I like being able to see my target numbers and actual numbers side by side. Although it's inventory system is useless
 
OP
J

JDengler

Active Member
Joined
Feb 14, 2009
Messages
26
Reaction score
0
I really like Homebrew Formulator. I've been using it since I went all-grain about 2 years ago. It's a really nice balance of user friendly and what I'll call "tweaky." I've tried demos of Beer Tools Pro and Beer Smith; I'm sure they're great but I felt like Homebrew Formulator was a lot easier to use without being dumbed down.
I have tried to get Hombrew Formulator several times and the link from Version Tracker is missing for some reason. Is there another way to get it?
 

Mad_Milo

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 15, 2009
Messages
209
Reaction score
8
Location
Akron OH - Where the weak are killed and eaten.
The developer abandoned the project and took down everything related from the original site. His last gift was BeerXML export so those who wish to move on, can.

Me? I still use it, and have entered fermentables and other missing items as I come across them. The program still suits my needs, especially for the price ;)

Some quality time with Google provided one of the few remaining live mirrors...

Homebrew Formulator
 

aaronbeer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 1, 2009
Messages
130
Reaction score
1
Location
lubbock
I use beer tools pro. It is a little hard to get going, but there are some tutorial on youtube that really are helpful!
 

GillandCo

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 18, 2010
Messages
430
Reaction score
4
Location
CA
I use beer tools pro. It is a little hard to get going, but there are some tutorial on youtube that really are helpful!
Bobby_M's? I have an Old laptop with BS on it...but might invest in BTP for the MAC since im always on it.
 

Cape Brewing

DOH!!! Stupid brewing...
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
May 9, 2008
Messages
15,501
Reaction score
1,175
Location
Norton, MA
I use BTP and like it except for getting mash schedules into it properly. I have been i the habit of taking an obnoxious amount of notes during my brew sessions for the last few months and I am at the point now that I am simply referring to my notes for similar batches as opposed to trying to get my mash schedule set up correctly in BTP.

I use BTP really only for recipe construction, storage and computing the basics like ABV, SRM, etc... and I do like the comparison to BJCP style that it does.

But for mash schedules... like I was saying, I have found taking and then referring back to notes from actual brew sessions is a lot easier and accurate.

Instead of BTP telling me my infusion rate should be... for example... 5 gallons at 175 degrees... I'll go back to last time I made the beer (or one very similar to it). If I did an infusion of 5 gallons at 175, I'll record what my mash ended up at... and if I short armed the target temp slightly, I'll try 5 gallons at 180... and make a note of it.

Going this route has made a huge difference in getting things right.
 

logdrum

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2010
Messages
1,136
Reaction score
140
Location
North Olmsted
Tried all of the free trials-BTP, BA, BT, always return to Homebrew Formulator. It just works for me. Even the SRM screen colors match the resultant beer!

Sent from my iPod touch using HB Talk
 

cl330b

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 26, 2011
Messages
456
Reaction score
7
Beer alchemy, hands down. I have been a Mac cat for a very long time. BA has been very reliable. You will not regret your purchase. I can develop recipes away from home and sync with my home Mac. I am very happy with Beer Alchemy! (I have also tried BTP, not that great).
 

wyoder

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 27, 2011
Messages
58
Reaction score
0
Location
Charlottesville
beer alchemy, hands down. I have been a mac cat for a very long time. Ba has been very reliable. You will not regret your purchase. I can develop recipes away from home and sync with my home mac. I am very happy with beer alchemy! (i have also tried btp, not that great).
+1
 

Burgs

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2010
Messages
937
Reaction score
11
Location
Decatur, IL
BeerAlchemy is a VERY nice program. I like that if you only want to use it for recipe storage, you can. If you'd like to go further and make batches out of those recipes, then you can do that as well. I'm also a stickler for interface design and BeerAlchemy is well thought out and easy to use.
 

PowellAvenueBrew

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2011
Messages
60
Reaction score
1
Location
Healdsburg
I'm also using BeerAlchemy and am really liking it. I'm looking forward to seeing what advances he has made with the full re-write to version 2.0. Also iBrewMaster is headed to the Mac and I believe he will have a demo at GABF. Hoping to check it out while I'm there as I really like his iOS app.
 

nepatsfan1

You do drugs Danny? All the time
Joined
Sep 28, 2009
Messages
153
Reaction score
23
I use Beer Tools Pro and out of all of them the interface is cleaner and easier to use.
 

golphur

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 1, 2011
Messages
111
Reaction score
4
Location
Waxhaw
Beer Alchemy here. Used most of the trials and preferred BA. The iPhone app put me over the top too. Just made a recipe on my phone at lunch!
 
Top