iPhone/iPod Touch Brewing Apps Review

I recently picked up a new MacBook Pro and was really not interested in wasting space for a Windows VM which I used pretty much used exclusively to run ProMash on brew days. My dream solution was to see if anyone had created a brewing app for the iPhone and was pleasantly surprised to find that there were a few apps available! Since I had decided to do my research for this on brew day, I was pressed for time and ended up, rather rashly, purchasing 3 apps

  • iBrewMaster by Joe Cannici
  • BrewMath by Kent Place Software
  • Brew Pal by David Parker
  • iBrewMaster ($4.99) lets you store recipes, but would seem to be meant for folks who have several brews going at the same time need a calendaring tool for keeping track of all their brews and when they need to be racked to a secondary or kegged, bottled, etc. It doesn’t do mash calculations at all, and so to me, it’s not really a useful “brew day application”, which is what I’m after. To be fair, if I had read the app description, I would have known that 🙂 But no matter! We soldier on, as they say.

    Brew Math ($2.99) is a series of brewing calculators that would come in very handy if you totally bugger something up in the brew process and need to quickly run a few ideas through to see how bad it really is, or what you might do to remedy the situation. It seems a very good tool for those who like to run scenarios, but don’t care about saving the results. It handles unit conversions, mash calculations, color, bitterness, carbonation, attenuation, SG correction, refractometer results and pitching rates. I’m keeping this one on my iPhone for the very reason I mention above – it can really help you figure out what might happen if you alter step C due to muckup 2.

    Brew Pal ($0.99) is an impressive app. At the $0.99 price point you might nearly pass it up, but this is does an amazing amount work for you and should probably be priced closer to the $5 of iBrewMaster! You can enter and save your recipes, calculate strike temp and mash volume, and it has a proper brew timer. It really does quite a bit and is probably all you need on brew day. It’s great for messing around with recipe ideas and can be right there at the ready if you get bored and feel like checking out of your all-hands company meeting for 10 minutes. It’s easy to add new grain or hop types, or alter the items already there. I did run into an issue when entering the data for Crystal 15L, which most brewing databases seem to ignore. It only gave me the option of 14L or 16L. I guess the elimination of odd-numbered Lovibond measurements makes the wheel-interface scroll faster, and in the end doesn’t really muck up the color calculation too much, but it was my one annoyance with the app. This app may not serve those who feel they need finer control of certain aspects of the brew process, but honestly, it gives me all my numbers at a glance and lets me run through mash scenarios with relative ease. The image below is a animated gif of screen-shots. If you’re looking to run your brew day off your iPhone or iPod Touch, this is an excellent way to go.

    Update: the latest version now supports more granular Lovibond control!

    Brew Pal, by

    Brew Pal, by David Parker

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