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This is a summary of answers so far. I'll try to keep it updated. Here are the answers. Below, you'll find who likes them, links, and other relevant data. BeerSmith BeerTools Pro Beer Calculus ProMash BrewPal BrewTarget BeerAlchemy Brewer's Friend BeerSmith beersmith.com $21.95 • Free Trial • Windows Who uses it topfermented frostywalrus Tim ...


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Most calculations I do by hand & keep my recipes in a log book. Yet to see how well that scales. For IBU calculations I use Beer Calculus. http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe


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Beersmith currently allows for late addition of extract. And it allows you to enter the time at which you are entering it. Promash is popular, but worthless when it comes to updates. Beersmith is supposed to be coming out with an update later in the summer, just something to keep in mind if you chose to buy a copy.


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Take a look at BrewBlogger. According to developer: BrewBlogger is a web-based alternative to software such as BeerSmith, ProMash, and others. I'm busy giving BrewBlogger a try now and I'm pretty impressed. In the commercial space, BeerSmith is quite popular as is ProMash. There are quite a few available in the open source space but the only ...


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I use BeerSmith. It has a ton of handy tools (including a recipe scaling feature, PJ). There's a trial version if you want to try it out.


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BeerSmith is an excellent brewing software. It offers easy to understand recipe creation and a brewday instruction sheet. It also allows for different equipment setups. Recipes generally follow style guidelines.


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BeerCalculus is really nice to put your recipes together. Since it's a web app, it's platform agnostic. I don't believe it does anything like inventory management. I've used BeerSmith in the past, and it's really nice and worth the money if you need inventory management.


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I use BeerAlchemy (Mac/iPhone only), and it does pretty much anything I need, including keeping track of inventory. The iPhone version is really neat, and syncs to the Mac-version. The only thing I miss is listing batches by date, I use a spreadsheet on Google Docs for that.


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Beersmith here. It does everything I need. The brewday instruction sheet you can print out is nice too. Makes it easier to not forget steps/ingredients. They all seem to have a bit of a learning curve. You can download a free trial of Beertools, Beersmith and Promash. So try them all and see which one you like best. Like Steph said, Beersmith has ...


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I can't say enough about BrewPal! iPhone app (which is great because I don't brew in front of my computer). Only $0.99! Built in mash (fly, batch, decoction, partial, or steep) and boil timers (so I can enjoy as many homebrews as I want and not forget to add the 15 min hops, irish moss, or wort chiller...). I'm a developer and was going to write my own ...


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I just started using Brewer's Friend. (I was previously using BeerSmith and BrewTarget.) I like that the software web-based, so I can reference it at homebrew club meetings or brew sessions at a friend's house. Features: Recipe calculator including expected OG and FG, IBUs, SRM color, and other common measures of a beer. (This includes multiple ...


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I user BrewersHub - http://brewershub.com. It's free, easy to use, and has a ton of calculators.


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Well i use beersmith 2, you can enter several batches and the calendar tool is nice. I will give a calendar view with each step marked for all the batches you have going. Heres what it looks like: Also iBrewMaster for the ipad/iphone does a very nice job with your batch schedule, i like that it will give you notifications when you have to bottle or keg, or ...


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Most of them of them do! Certainly BeerSmith and iBrewmaster have timer functions built in. BeerTools does not, I believe.


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I have used BeerTools Pro quite successfully on Windows. They have a free web-based version on their site as well, but it limits the number of ingredients you can add and lacks the mash schedule calculator which I used quite a lot. I stopped using it so much when I moved from a Windows laptop to an Ubuntu laptop and found that BeerTools doesn't run under ...


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If you have an iPhone, there's a $1 app called Brew Pal. It works great for sparge calculations (strike temp and volume), grain bill, hop schedule. You can even calculate the efficiency of your brew system. You can also email the recipe to yourself after you've entered it all into the app. Its great, and portable. -Bryan


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I found an iPhone/iPod Touch app called Brew Pal that has been really great. It is very convenient to be able to carry in my pocket and also take with me if I am brewing at a friends house. The timers and calculators have been very helpful to me.


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I have been using Qbrew. Works for me and it's free. http://www.usermode.org/code.html


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"Beer Calculus" is great. http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe This calculator has an EXTENSIVE selection of malt/fermentation (preloaded OG/FG and color based on sugars), hops (with typical AA %), yeast strains (ale/lager, dry/liquid, and flocculation level), and boils/primary/secondary add-ins (lots of them!). Great calculator where you can select ...


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Northern Brewer has a brewing calender setup on google calenders with brewing time frame suggestions for nearly every variety of beer it looks like. http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing-calendar/ The "+Google Calender" link on the lower right portion of the calender will allow you to sync this with your existing Google calender account. You could sync ...


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Beersmith lets you search for recipes based on your inventory (scroll down to "Search By Ingredient"). If you don't already have a huge bank of recipes in Beersmith, they have recipe packs to pre-populate your database. Alternatively, there's always Google.


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I have never seen what you are talking about before. Its a shame because I have heard several people ask for it. You might be able to seach the BeerTools recipe database for a single ingredient, but I don't remember. Here are some links to popular online recipe generating calculators. Although none of them are "reverse" calulators. Good luck. My only ...


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I used a few of the online systems (Hopville, then BrewToad, etc.) until I got tired of the interfaces - I thought they were cumbersome and inefficient, and I had no idea how they were doing their calculations. So I created my own Excel document, with numerous tabs, that I use for several things - recipe development, stock on hand (hops in storage, etc.), ...


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I use a Mac and have used the free (though no longer supported) Homebrew Formulator for a few years. It's simple, straightforward and easy to use. I've played around with both BeerAlchemy and BeerTools Pro but neither one really grabbed me, much less enough to spend money on the paid version when I'm already pretty comfortable with HBF.


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I've used a ton of different tools, and BeerSmith is the best I've used. It is not only fully featured, but it actually still has a developer working on it (many are unsupported at this point).


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I've used Promash for nearly 13 years and love it. It's also what most of the commercial brewers I know use. I've worked with Beersmith, too, but far prefer the way Promash works.



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