Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

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Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby niels » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:40 am

As stated before one of the next modules of Braumeisters.net will be a recipe database. Since developing it will take some time I'm also looking for alternatives: e.g. integrating existing online recipe tools. I only recently discovered Brewtoad thanks to cpa4ny and I'm very impressed by the interface, but it would take me months to build something that can compete with Brewtoad.

I would like to take the opportunity to open a discussion about (online) recipe builders. Because I want to use the info in this discussion to create the Braumeisters Recipe Builder (working title :p) I would prefer that you first answer 5 questions before you start rambling. This way I have some structured info I can easily process.

Keep in mind that I want to focus on online recipe builders, but if you use an offline recipe builder I would like to hear from you too!

The questions:
  1. Which one do you use?
  2. What do you like about it?
  3. What don't you like about it?
  4. What would you like to so added/improved/...?
  5. Which features are crucial to you in an (online) recipe builder?

Shoot!

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RE: Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby martinj » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:57 pm

Which one do you use?

I use BeerAlchemy (offline).
I did try out Brewtoad but i got weird results on the calculations done by them.
I think brewtoad looks nice but its not efficient to work with.

What do you like about it?

BeerAlchemy looks nice and is easy to work with

What don't you like about it?

No way to integrate with an API or SDK, my recipe data is locked in.

What would you like to so added/improved/...?

API

Which features are crucial to you in an (online) recipe builder

API, mobile friendly, efficient work flow.
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RE: Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby cpa4ny » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:42 am

Hi Niels -

Brewtoad is indeed an amazing platform.

One thing I wished it had is a built-in water calcification/acidification calculator.

For that I usually have to switch over to Bru'n Water.
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Re: Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby Popeye » Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:05 pm

Hi
I am using iBrew2 at the moment.
Has a BM profile ( they need more info on them tho)
Has lots of features and inventory recording. Calculators, water, you name it
Fairly easy to use
I am having issues with the app shutting down
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Re: Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby Dan » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:28 am

Nice thread revival Popeye - very short lived and almost a year old :shock:
Would be nice to get some more discussion happening here.

I have always used Beersmith (2) and for the most part been happy with it.
As mentioned in another thread (? don't remember which one), the fact that mash efficiency is linked to brewhouse (total) efficiency and calculated by BS itself is frustrating, but I've contacted Brad and he says he is working on this. I also asked if he would incorporate a water chemistry (salt additions / pH) calculator and he said he'd consider it.

I currently use EZwater spreadsheet, and brewersfriend website to gauge mash pH and salt levels. Invariably brewersfriend is closest to my measured pH.
I also use brewersfriend for yeast starter calculations.
I contacted bf about downloading an offline version of these 2 calculators. The reply:

"Hi Dan,
The site itself isn’t currently set up for offline use, but we are in the process of developing a standalone brewing software application, which would be available offline for recipe creation. Then you’d be able to sync them to your online site account when you get back online. We’re working on this now and hope to have it ready for trial soon.
Stay tuned,
Josh"

Very keen to see how this performs

Edit:
I've just picked up on the key word in the thread title "Online"
So - I haven't used bf as a compete recipe builder, only the "yeast starter" and "water chemistry" pages.
Hopefully my comments are still thread relevant and useful to somebody
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Re: Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby redwing_al » Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:53 am

I"m interested to see where this goes. I'd love to see a database of recipes specific to Braumesiters!


The questions:
Which one do you use?
Beersmith (and Beersmith cloud)

What do you like about it?
I've learned it pretty well...

What don't you like about it?
It's not entirely a cloud app.

What would you like to so added/improved/...?
more specific Braumeister recipes and configurations/settings

Which features are crucial to you in an (online) recipe builder?
ability to search, load and tweak other interesting recipes.
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Re: Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby Popeye » Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:33 am

G'day again,
That new software update was ibrewmaster2 not ibrew2
I have been playing with it today, and in particular with the water chemistry - and that is where I am getting a lot of "i need to know" questions.
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Re: Online recipe builders (e.g. Brewtoad) - Questionnaire

Unread postby Dan » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:08 pm

Popeye wrote:.....water chemistry - and that is where I am getting a lot of "i need to know" questions.


No worries - ask away - or start another relevant thread.

Hopefully we can get them answered
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