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BeerSmith 3 - worth the upgrade?

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  1. chesl73

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    Posted 25/10/18
    Hi all

    I’ve been using BeerSmith 2 for a few years and I’m very happy with it. Works well.
    I’ve been looking at BeerSmith 3 and the changes/improvements over what I currently already own seem pretty minimal from what I’ve seen. I have no intention of brewing wine or mead and the other functional improvements seem very incremental.
    Anyone considered the upgrade or been using BeerSmith 3, is it worth it? And if so, did you go with the traditional license or the subscription license?

    Cheers
     
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    Posted 25/10/18
    The main reason I went with BeerSmith 3 was the improved water profile calculations.

    I went with the gold subscription so I can use it on 2 computers - I don't really care about the cloud stuff.

    Although I'm not a fan of subscription software at US10 a year I can live with it.
     
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    Posted 26/10/18
    Is it easy to use on the phone?
    Mostly concerned about brew day so I don't have to lug out the laptop.
     
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    Posted 26/10/18
    I got the free upgrade because I had purchased BS2 not long before BS3 came along. If you're not into mead or wine, then as Altone said, water calcs are the main difference.
    I use the cloud heaps, load up recipes I'm about to brew and take my tablet to brewhouse (garage) and I'm away.
     
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    Posted 26/10/18
    Personally, I use BrewersFriend but I did notice that Beersmith currently has a promotion (up to 33% off) for those that might be interested - http://beersmith.com/order/
     
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    Posted 26/10/18
    I got it mainly for the water profile stuff - in BS2, nothing that is added or removed from the recipe affects the predicted mash pH, but in BS3 they've fixed that issue so now it does. I also like the improved calculations for late/whirlpool hop additions. Not worried about using the cloud or multiple devices; I'm still somewhat old school and write all my recipes down in a notebook which I use on brew day, then input that data into Beersmith later.
     
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    Posted 26/10/18
    I upgraded from bs2 -> bs3, but have since moved on to https://brewfather.app. Main reasoning, it's a web app, so it works on all devices, get's regular updates and it's UI doesn't look like something from the 80s.

    I had to make a few small adjustments to my profile, but am once again getting pretty good accuracy now.

    Might be worth checking out.
     
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    Posted 26/10/18
    Brewfather, the new kid on the block, is definitely worth checking out. From what I have seen quite a few users have moved over from Beersmith (even those who have just upgraded to version 3).
    It is a web based app (but your browser caches it so it works offline) so works and synchs across all devices. If you have a Tilt or similar it also integrated logging of the fermentation into the app.
    I'm not affiliated in any way but really impressed with using it, the development rate is very rapid and the UI is just great (partly the developer I think and partly being able to start from scratch).
     
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    Yes, Brew father might be worth a look. I'm used to Beersmith now and as you say it does look like a product from the 90s but I'm familiar with it and it works well so Brew father would have to somehow something special for me to bother to move.
     
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    Simple answer, for the measly few $$$, just do it. I have.
     
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    I've taken a good look at Brewfather today and it is pretty good. Very easy to use, intuitive. The fact that it's web based and I can use it on different devices is a big plus. The water calculations are very easy to use and very intuitive compared to Beersmith. And I checked my next planned brew with BrunWater and the salt additions were spot on and the PH estimate was very very close as well.
    Maybe I'm a tight arse but $20 USD per year seems like a lot to me, particularly when you can get Beersmith for $10 USD per year (I think). Will stick with a the free version for now and do a few brews with it and see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion.

    PS. Whilst I was at it I had a little go of Brewers Friend as well - I found that to be very clunky in comparison to Brewfather.
     
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    Posted 27/10/18
    I've decided to stay with BS2. The added features aren't a priority for me, and I'm not a fan of ongoing subscriptions.

    Water tools I use Bru'n Water, as well as the online ones. No need for Cider or Wine.

    B.
     
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    Loads of users on their fb page are reporting a bunch of bugs. I've taken a look and some features are missing, or don't integrate.

    It's not mature enough for me to consider using it yet. The creators are pushing it as a 'web app' but there are plenty more out there that do more.
     
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    .. "plenty more out there that do more"... Like what? I agree that it is beta software with bugs and immature features and so to ask for 20 USD a year for that is too much in my view.
     
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    Posted 28/10/18
    It's not USD $20 each year for the standard download. It's a once only payment.
    The annual amounts are for gold standard or increased cloud etc.
    I've only ever paid one fee for each of BS1, BS2, and BS3. No ongoing payments.
     
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    Posted 28/10/18
    I'm talking 20 per year for Brew father. I own Beersmith 2 already.
     
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    BS 3 is a yearly subscription one.
     
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    whatever it's worth ....I have Beersmith 3 and Brewers friend . as I tinker with recipes on my phone during my commute I much prefer Brewers friend . It way more user friendly to do a recipe from scratch in the app IMHO . seems to take forever on Beersmith ,and it has a bunch of options I don't need yet
     
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    @fungrel I don't have FB. Could you please elaborate on the bugs being reported and also what features are missing or don't integrate?

    I had a quick look at Brewfather last night and was really impressed with the interface and the features I saw at first glance. I'm going to try to import a recipe and run a brew with it over the weekend to get a first hand impression, but as always am keen to hear the thoughts of others.
     
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