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Beer alchemy

Unread postby jimswms » Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:55 pm

Been using it for several years. Simple, powerful, straight forward Mac based program. Owner is active in UK home brewing. Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet?

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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby ElLobo » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:13 pm

Love it, especially the iPhone and iPad apps! My only wish is that they would use Dropbox for data synchronization, having to manually synch with the Mac is kind of a nuisance.

When I started brewing a few years ago, I evaluated all the major applications at the time and found Beer Alchemy to be the most user friendly without sacrificing functionality. It does kind of fly under the radar though, probably because it is so Mac focused, so not surprised it hasn't been mentioned before.
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby jimswms » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:29 pm

Yeah, my one and only issue with it is that I'm an android user, so I can't take advantage of the mobile functions. When I had my iPhone 3years ago it was very useful. I generally have my macbook air with me in the garage anyway.

Folks really should look into beer alchemy. It's really great
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby niels » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:32 pm

I'll have a look since I have an old MacBook laying around.

I do like my simple spreadsheet, though :)

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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Dicko » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:01 pm

I have heard that it is a good program and I have an IPad and IPhone but already have Promash which I dont use any more, Brewmate which is a free software program but not able to be used on an IOS, Brewers Friend, and Beersmith 2 which is what I use at the moment.
Beersmith 2 and the others I have for that matter are not BM friendly but you can get by with a bit of fiddling around.
I have no intention to use another software program for recipe formulation until someone writes the software to be BM specific.
Is Beer Alchemy adaptable to the BM? Or is it the same as the others?

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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Falkens » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:27 am

How is Beer alchemy for BM users? Is it spot on?

I´m looking for a good program that works great with BM, like 100% great...
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Kyle_T » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:17 pm

£15! You can forget it.
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Falkens » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:48 pm

Kyle_T wrote:£15! You can forget it.


:| Didnt get that? What did you mean?
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Kyle_T » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:06 pm

Falkens wrote:
Kyle_T wrote:£15! You can forget it.


:| Didnt get that? What did you mean?


£15 for iPad and iPhone.
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Falkens » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:50 pm

For me it does not matter if it costs money ... if it's a good program that delivers the correct values I buy it gladly. I have BeerSmith 2 now and I do not think it is 100% good for BM users.

but it is my opinion
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby kcmcalistair » Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:40 pm

hello beer alchemy users ... what bm20l profile do you use?
i use beer alchemy 2 btw ...
BM 20L 2015
50.0678, 8.1552

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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby GodesetBrygg » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:31 pm

Recently started brewing. Got a 10 litre BM. Tried different software and Beer Alchemy was the easiest to use for me. Simple and intuitive. Synchronises between all my Apple products. Good layout on the printed recipes.
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Falkens » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:36 pm

kcmcalistair wrote:hello beer alchemy users ... what bm20l profile do you use?
i use beer alchemy 2 btw ...


Got the same question...
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Spiesy » Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:17 am

Been using BA (Macbook and iPhone) for a few years now - I really dig it. I haven't used any other brewing software, so I can't compare, but it seems to do most things I want and help me to (sometimes) make good beer.
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Re: Beer alchemy

Unread postby Spiesy » Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:22 am

Falkens wrote:
kcmcalistair wrote:hello beer alchemy users ... what bm20l profile do you use?
i use beer alchemy 2 btw ...


Got the same question...


I'm a 50L guy, but I use the short malt pipe more often than not. My BW would have different dimensions and volumes than yours, but the profile should be fairly easy to work out.

Start backwards:
Finished beer: 19L*
Finished ferment: 20L (1L to trub)
Start of ferment/transferred beer: 20L
*+Kettle losses = post-boil volume: 24L* (assuming 4L to kettle trub/dead space)
*+boil off = pre-boil volume: 29L* (assuming 5L/60min boil, and a 60min boil).
>> I usually allow for an additional 0.8L/kg of grain for grain absorption, and use this volume to sparge with.

*guessing your volumes and rates.


Hope that helps.
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