For those of you who are intrigued by the art of home brewing but don’t know where to start, all-in-one beer kits like the Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit or the Beer Machine are definitely worth considering. But if you want to craft your own beer and need a little guidance, why not try consulting BeerSmith Home Brewing Software?
- Fun Fast and Easy to Use, Tabbed Browsing, Macintosh and Windows, Build Recipes Quickly
- Match your Favorite Beer Styles, Brewing from Beginner to Expert, Metric and International Language Support
- Generate Step-by-step Instructions, Organize and Share your Recipes, New Fermentation and Carbonation Profiles
- Go Shopping, Track Inventory, Schedule Your Brewing, Over a Dozen Calculators and Tools
- Expand BeerSmith 2 with Add-ons, Software that Grows With You
Even though beer is made from very pure and simple ingredients such as barley, hops, and yeast, making a whole batch from scratch requires tedious calculations, planning, and knowledge. That’s when the BeerSmith software steps in. It basically acts as your right-hand man, guiding you through every phase of the process to the end product and ultimate reward: having your very own delicious home brew, and lots of it.
Dr. Bradley Smith, an expert home brewer and home brew book author, has developed BeerSmith 2 software to help fellow home brewers (and aspiring ones) by taking the frustrating guesswork out of the beer-making process. The software gives you the liberty to tweak each recipe like a pro and design a beer that pleases your palate. For example, if you prefer a more hoppy beer, you can find a list of several hops species in the program, make your choice, and adjust the amount of hops needed to achieve a particular level of bitterness.
Other cool features from the software include nice photos of each type of beer to use as a visual guide, the color adjustment tool, and the Style Guide Comparison that lets you compare your tentative recipe to standard Beer Judge Certification Program’s (BJCP) parameters. That way you can keep your creative, adventurous side happy without going overboard.
The Brew Steps feature is a summary of steps and all the ingredients you’ll need for the batch, however big or small you want. The shopping list feature compiles your ingredients whether you’re making one or several batches of beer. Then, you can take inventory of the supplies you have at home so that you’re not making pointless trips to the store.
For brews that turn out wildly successful, you can consult your past data and notes and repeat the recipe, or make more adjustments to perfect it. BeerSmith acts like an electronic lab notebook that does the tricky math for you and gets you through standard operating procedures, without having to read the manual. It’s all about the shortcuts.
Check out BeerSmith.com where you can purchase the BeerSmith 2 Home Brewing Software for PC or Mac for $27.95. On the site, you’ll also find a wealth of info within the blogs, forums and videos related to beer making.