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Brewtarget – open source beer software

Brewtarget is an open source application that helps users create and manage beer recipes. In essence this software is a beer calculator for brewing beer.

It’s a Qt-based program which allows you to create recipes from a database of ingredients. It calculates all the important parameters, helps you with mash temperatures, and just makes the process of recipe formulation much easier.

It implements BeerXML and is therefore compatible with Beersmith.

Features include:

  • Brewday mode: generates a set of instructions and timers.
  • Very large database of ingredients which are kept up-to-date with the manufacturers’ specifications.
  • Automatic mash temperature/volume calculations: nail your mash temps and pre-boil volume so that you always end up with the right amount of beer at the end.
  • Style checking: make sure recipes meet guidelines.
  • Automatic unit conversion: enter and display measurements in whatever units you like.
  • Copy recipes.
  • Share recipes.
  • Backup and restore all recipes.
  • Priming calculator – calculates how much sugar or priming agent you need to carbonate your beer to the right level.
  • Brew timers – a set of timers with audio notificatoin.
  • Choose between Raget IBU and Tinseth calculations.
  • Select between Daniels’, Mosher’s or Morey’s colour formulae.
  • Accurate calculations.
  • Choose between SI/US/Imperial units.
  • Scale recipes.
  • Convert between units.
  • OG Correction Tool – tells you how much water to add or boil off to hit your target.
  • Mash profiles.
  • Shows style limits and boil SG.
  • Intuitive Mash Designer – calculates all infusion volumes and temperatures for accurate mashing.
  • Synchronize your whole library of recipes and ingredients with cloud storage like Dropbox.
  • Cross-platform – runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

Developer: Philip G. Lee
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


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