I'm think I'm following what you mean, notbob, and if so I have to disagree with your suggestion -- as BTP is currently set up. I can't see the point and think it would become confusing for folks, but maybe I'm missing something here.
First of all, I am presuming that the values that BTP already has entered into the hops database are, in fact, some sort of an industry average, or at least a close approximation of what can be expected -- although I will add that I have purchased hops that have had values that were substantially different. Your idea of being able to see the AA% values right next to the name can be accomplished by using the cursor to drag and reduce the size of the "supplier" column down to nothing and move the "alpha" column closer to the names by reducing the width of the "name" column. SUGGESTION FOR JEFF: it would be nicer if the entire columns could just be moved around to suit the user, but that might require more programming effort than it's really worth. I just minimize the supplier column because I don't need it, and can display it later if I ever do. Regarding the "inventory" feature, which this thread is about, there should be a "date of purchase" column for the hops, which I'm sure has already been discussed.
Second -- getting back to notbob's suggestion -- if the AA% values were displayed as part of the name field, then it would appear on the recipe ingredient list where an AA% is already listed. If there were two values -- one that is the "industry standard" and one that is the "actual value" I think that might be confusing and can't see how it would serve any necessary purpose. When you add hops and then edit that addition from the recipe page (instead of editing the database itself), that will change the AA% for just that recipe -- which is all you really want. If a user would find it useful to have two values listed, then the user could select that hop TWICE from the browser, then edit only one of them from the ingredients page to reflect the actual AA%. The duplicate could be there for reference only, and will not affect the recipe if a quantity and boil time is not entered.
I hope you are not offended by my post; none was meant.
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