Heady Suds: 4 Apps for Home Brewers
Micro-brews and home-brews are all the rage at the moment. First legalized in the United States in 1978, home-brewing culture has seen a veritable explosion in popularity in recent years. And if you’re among this latest wave of brewing enthusiasts (or if you’re considering joining it), then you might be interested in using some tools on your smartphone to expedite and improve your brewing processes. Here are 4 great apps for doing just that.
BeerSmith ($7.99, iOS & Android)
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BeerSmith is among the most well-known and highly rated apps for home brewers. Now available on both iOS and Android platforms, the app allows users to: input andÂ edit recipe and brew-session data; track ingredients like hops, grain, water, yeast, etc.; scale recipes for equipment, carbonation and ageing, mash profiles, colour alteration, and gravity and bitterness; and access an in-app beer style guide and recipes from Beersmith.com.
The app also has a fully integrated cloud functionality, which allows it to synch with the desktop BeerSmith software. Additionally, it has an array of “brewday” timers, calculators and conversion tools that brewers will find invaluable when brew-time rolls around. And theÂ Beersmith PodcastÂ is a don’t-miss for any serious home-brewing aficionado.
Brew Pal ($1.99, iOS)
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Although Brew Pal has received some low ratings on the iTunes store, this was primarily due to its lack of iPad compatibility — this has presumably been resolved in some of its recent updates. The app is designed for all-grain or extract home brewers, and it has a nice package of features including list and recipe storage options, mash and sparge calcuators, gravity calculators, style comparison tools (lets you compare against BJCP guidelines), color and flavor charts, timers and calendars, and more.
Brewing Assistant ($0.99, iOS & Android)
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Brewing Assistant assists brewers in creating their own recipes by helping them to calculate IBUs, SRM, OG, FG, and ABV during the brewing process. The app also synchronizes users’ recipes to a cloud-based program called the Brewology101.com Ale Abacus. Using this program, brewers can edit recipes and create new new ones to share with friends, family members, or the online home brewing community at large. This program also allows for backing up recipes and transferring them to your various Android and iOS devices.
Beer Alchemy Touch 2 ($19.99, iOS)
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By far the priciest app on this list, Beer Alchemy Touch 2 offers a full suite of options for ambitious home-brewers. Its organizational features make recipe creation simple, and it has a fairly extensive ingredient database. The app’s inventory management features allow you to match brews to the ingredients you currently have in your inventory, and the app is fully compatible with various file types (including ProMash and BeerXML files). The app also includes an array of other tools, calculators, and features for streamlining your home-brewing processes.
With these four apps, you should be well on your way to becoming a pro-level home brewer. Just be sure to practice moderation in the midst of your success: If you find yourself sampling the product a little too much and you can’t figure out how to stop, you might want to check out a 12 Keys facility where you can find professional help with your problem.