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Ray_Mills

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Hi all
I noticed the subject on how you record your brews.
I have been using promash for some time now but I always run the recipe through Beertools before I brew it.
There is a number of reasons.
1. If it picks up something out to that style like colour, IBU;s, OG, or what ever it shows you in a very easy graph format.
2. Every beer I run through beertools just seems to me to be more to style and it finds my faults I did not see when its in Pomash.
3. For those who have never used it. It has a great program of generating a recipe to style from the ingredients you give it.
4. It is the software that made my beers where they are today.
Have a look at beertools.com and let me know what you think.
Cheers
Ray
 

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G'day Ray,
Have gone to the beer tools site in the past to source recipes as a basis for developing my own. Your post spurred my interest and I had a quick look at the Recipe Generator and analysis components. Gave me instant feedback and when comes time to develop a new recipe I'll be certain to put it through its paces. Top tip.



Cheers
Roach
PS - pretty quiet on the board with the adelaide folk up at grumpys atm
 

morry

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I just had a look at it then and it looks pretty good. Simple to use and pretty easy to make to style recipes.
 

Ray_Mills

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Hi
For those who have never been to the site it has over 4000 recipes. I should imagine a lot have never been brewed, but a lot have.
If you go into recipes and do a search on "Ray" (raydownunder) you will find I have about 30 or more proven recipes.
Richard Peachey from Sydney brewed the "Schwarzbier # 7 or 9 I forget and won the dark lager Cat in comp in SA.
Its a good starting point for recipe formulation as it gives you an idea what are the common ingredients being used for some styles.
Happy hunting
Ray
 

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Thanks Ray for the link to Beertools. I'm into my second AG on Monday and since I don't have any of the beer programmes like Promash, Beersmith, etc., it is a great site to play around with and create new receipes.

Cheers - Duff :)
 

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Have been playing around for a while now with it and I think I will join as a GOLD member, makes it nice and simple for me to work out my hop amount etc without the confusing hassle of promash and a few others out there.

Cheers
 

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yeah, i've been using it for a year or so, i've got a few recipes in the library there ("ecze"). i'm sort of forced into using it over promash cause i've got a mac. does the job, theres a good range of ingredients there (unlike recipator) and it seems to be pretty accurate. also it's good to be able to browse such a huge collection of recipes it gives you a good idea seeing all the different ways to brew a style. although there are some dimwits on there putting honey and cascades in their klsches that sort of thing.
i wish they had some stuff on there for mashing - calculating strike temps, liquor/grist ratios, pH, water adjustment etc, most of the time i'm guessing at that stuff without promash.
 

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Beertools is great!!! Ray put me onto it at one the brewers meetings ( Illawarra brewers union), and i went from partial mash pales ales, to brewing porters, kolsch ales, czech pils, weizens, bloody anything!. This would probably have been only 10-12(?) months ago, and now have enough confidence in my beer, that i will be entering comps in 2005, mainly for the judging notes, but, hey, theres always hope ;) . Also, its SO BLOODY EASY, i havent got a f^%$#n clue how to use promash (evaluation version), but beertools is just bloody simple. I would recommend it to anyone. Also, thanks ray!!!!!!

P.S, when you use beertools in conjunction with a book like designing great beers, you really start to make good beer i reckon ;)
 

Ray_Mills

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Hi all
Its funny I was in Beertools last nite formulating my next beers between xmas and new year.
The first beer is a Kolsch and the other an Imperial Rye IPA. I formulated the recipes in promash and ran them through Beertools.
I dont care what software all you guys and girls are brewing with but I was amazed at the differance Beertools gave me, Its not a big differance but just enough to show me where I missed on a few things.
I have no reason why beertools gives different results than Promash but all I can say is when I make a beer that has been through Beertools it is spot on.
I have the Gold version and I recommend all brewers from extract, Partial mash to full mash to give the Gold version a go and at the moment if you contact them there is a 50% discount.
Just for those interested I have a large number of tried recipes on the database. When on the recipes page do a search on "ray" and you will find my recipes in the name of "raydownunder"
What was great about this software when I found it in 2001 was it generates recipes for you from what ingredients you select. How easy when your starting off.
BTW I dont have any deals with Berrtools. I can only recommend it and look where it has got me in 3 years.
Cheers
Ray
 

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Cheers Guys, I signed up this morning for GOLD membership so worth the money..

I love the fact it tells me how much and when to put in what (recipe generator)
 

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I've been using beertools for a few years now... went gold last year and loved the additional features it gives you (the sliding scale for fine adjustments is a bloody brilliant time saver). Almost every brew I make these days gets put through the beertools calculator.

Cheers,
Pete

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neonmeate said:
yeah, i've been using it for a year or so, i've got a few recipes in the library there ("ecze").
You're not eczematic from RB are you? :)
 

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