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Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:43 pm
by dgriffin
Not a huge deal but when selecting ingredients from the top it's cool to sort but if I'm in the active column I can just type a letter and it would go directly to the items that start with that letter.

For instance I am in the hops and I just selected cascade but wanted to now select northern Brewer. I could just hit 'N' on the keyboard and it would take me to the first hop starting with N. It's like when using Outlook to sort for an E-mail quickly

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:38 pm
by GTIBrewFast
I've skimmed through the thread and haven't seen this:

In the interface, when you select something like Hops and you are presented with the grid view of all the hops in the database (or my ingredients) , it would be nice to be able to use the keyboard to go right to the selection desired rather than having to scroll through the list. For example, I start typing "M""A""G" and the grid view highlight moves to magnum.

Re: Grist ratio

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:11 pm
by mranes
jeff wrote:
mranes wrote:Basically, just let me set a quart/pound (or other scale) brewhouse preference and then have the basic recipe printouts reflect this in how much mash water I need.

Is it possible for you to send me a PDF of the print-out that includes the information you want so I have a point of reference?
I'll see what I can do for this. Unfortunately, the other "unnamed software product" where I can get an example is running on an old crappy Dell laptop, that was my brewing box, running Windows 98. I don't believe it will be PDF friendly:)


Re: Grist ratio

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:33 pm
by Lakota
mranes wrote:

I'll see what I can do for this. Unfortunately, the other "unnamed software product" where I can get an example is running on an old crappy Dell laptop, that was my brewing box, running Windows 98. I don't believe it will be PDF friendly:)

You may want to use this program to create PDF files

It's one of my favorites.

Feature Request: Pitch Rate Calculator

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:54 pm
by joshi
How about a pitch rate calculator that takes into account the recipe's OG and style. Factor in oxygenation method and optional stirplate to give needed number of tubes or packs. Ideally, you could give the step-up sizes and instructions/schedule for propagating the yeast. A good example of this functionality can be seen at It is quite handy.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:00 pm
by barleypopmaker
I would also like to see some presets for equipment, heat sources, and schedules. You don

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:11 am
by jawbox
you could always make a template file. i think sloth and some of the others do this.


Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:46 am
by lathe

Have you tried using templates in BTP?

File > Save as template

Here is an article on using them:
Using Templates in BeerTools Pro

Templates and defaults

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:29 pm
by slothrob
Templates are a good approach. I use them for more atypical approaches like Decoctions and Cereal Mashes.

I also use the Default setting to open up a new recipe window with all my equipment, my most commonly used base grain, average efficiency, attenuation and volumes, and a standard Batch Sparge Schedule.

When I formulate a typical new recipe, All I do is add the specialty grains, adjust the base grain quantity to my desired OG, add the hops, and the Recipe and Schedule are pretty much done and calculated for me. I may need to tweak the Schedule here and there to get it perfect, but not much usually.

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:02 pm
by barleypopmaker
Yeah, I had templates made, but when I lost all my info in a hard drive crash last month, I have to go about all of it again. Mainly I was thinking of newer users. But admitingly also being a bit selfish when looking at entering all that info again. :wink:

Equipment Database

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:57 pm
by slothrob
Check out the equipment database thread.

A few of us have entered information for most of the pieces of equipment that were mentioned.

I wish there was a way to exchange the specifications directly. I suppose someone could compile all that equipment into a single "recipe" and post the recipe somewhere. Then anyone who wanted could download the "recipe" and add whatever equipment they wanted to their own database.

The same could also be done with schedule presets.

Is there a place we could post these things on, Jeff?
At one time, some of us sent in sample schedules, but I'm not sure what happened to those... Are they in the Wiki?

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:21 am
by PFBrew
Fermentation Log:

Able to track ( temps, duration, steps ( Pri/Sec/Crash cool etc. ), gravity ) Graphing would be very cool, think this was mentioned before.

Month Calendar:

Would be nice to have a Month calendar view for selecting a day. Something like hover over date field and pop up that months calendar.

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:14 pm
by pmd428
I would like to be able to get to my mash schedule from the drop down folders on the left hand side of the screen. I would also like to have a boil step listed in the mash schedule as one of the steps like sparging.

up and down arrow function

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:01 am
by rixport
One thing I'd like to see is pretty basic. I find it somewhat cumbersome to have to sit and click the up arrow 35 times to get to 35 pounds of grain for example. If you could just push the up arrow and hold it until you close in on the volume you are after, then release if and fine tune it with single clicks.


Ingredient DB Sorting

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:05 am
by PistolPatch
As dgriffin and GTIBrewFast have mentioned, adding advanced sorting features would be a huge bonus. This might be quite complicated to program though. Perhaps the following would be an easy and quick temporary fix?...

1. On any sort, make the "Name" column the second highest priority column to sort. (For example, at the moment, if I'm looking for a malt and sort on the "Supplier," the name of the grains comes up unsorted alphabetically which means searching through all that suppliers malts.)

2. On sorts where, "Name" is the primary sort column, make "Type" the secondary sort column.

I am almost totally new to BeerTools but have both the, "other" programs. I think BeerTools has heaps of advantages over the others and this is why I have decided to transfer everything over.

Anyway, my first step has been transferring my inventory so at the moment the only feedback I can give is that enabling the above would certainly save a heap of time.