BeerTools vs. ProMash

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BeerTools vs. ProMash

Postby donshizzles » Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:15 am

Any comparisons? Any thoughts on the best home brew software on the market?
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Postby jawbox » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:39 pm

depends on what you are looking for. In my opinion BTP is a fantastic program for all grain brewing. Promash is also good although the interface is a little cumbersome and dated.

You could try the demo version and see which you prefer.

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Promash vs Beer Tools Pro

Postby sandman » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:14 pm

I am new to this forum and probably can't find the appropriate link. I have used Promash for the past 18 months on my wife's PC. I got Beer Tools for use on my Mac. ProMash has a function that will estimate of the OG while you are formulating a receipe. I can't seem to find that function with Beer Tools. Is it there and I'm too dumb to find it?

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OG estimate

Postby slothrob » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:18 pm

If you have the Analysis tab selected just below the section where you enter the recipe, the OG will appear a little bit below that tab as you enter ingredients into the recipe.
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Postby sandman » Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:31 pm

I have found the recipe calculator online and it is doing what I want. However, while off line the analysis tab calculates SRM, IBU without any problem. The OG that I see in the analysis tab is around 1.010 with a grain bill of 11.5 lb of grain. As I said, the online calculator works well. Off Line it looks as if I need to enter actual values.

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Volume

Postby slothrob » Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:08 pm

What volume do you have entered into Final Volume? 30 gallons, maybe?
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Postby sandman » Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:20 pm

Kettle volume is 6.96 gallon
Wort boil Duration 1.5 hr
Evaporation loss 2.25 gal
Water vol added 0.0
Final Vol @68 degrees 4.52

OG,TG,,and Alcohol areto the far left of the bar figureColor and Bitterness corespond with the online calculator.

Must I be on line to have the functionality of the beer tools?

I'm brewing tomorrow, wish me luck.
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BTP

Postby slothrob » Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:06 am

No, you don't need to be online to use BeerTools Pro.

What do you have your Efficiency set to?
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Postby sandman » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:11 am

the eff is set to 70%

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Postby sandman » Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:05 pm

I finished my brew day. I decided to start over and reinput the recipe I had been having so much trouble with. The analysis worked without a hitch with all of the sliders being in the style guideline range. I don't know what the deal is. I input everything as I had done earlier. This time the program worked as advertised. I don't see how it could have been operator headspace, but ...it worked this time. I'll have to do more study. It's a good thing I plan on brewing next weekend.
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Postby slothrob » Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:41 am

Glad it worked out. Hopefully it's a one time glitch.
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