I’ve been a home brewer for about 4 years, and I can tell you that
brewing your own beer can be great fun. One of the most difficult
parts of brewing is coming up with a recipe and being able to
recreate that recipe.
In the past, I kept a folder with many papers containing hand
written recipes and lots of chicken scratch I call notes as I kept
perfecting my perfect brew. Over time, my recipes became unreadable
due to water, beer, and various ingredients being spilled on the
paper. My Brew Collection is a great piece of software that is the
perfect solution for this problem.
The program allows the user to manage a handy database of your home
brew beer recipes. In the demo, you get one preloaded recipe and a
tutorial on how to become a brewer if you’re new. Adding your own
recipes is very easy and the database allows for a limitless amount
of storage. Within your database, each recipe can be sorted by, the
color of the beer, name or style of beer, and a user rating.
When you expand a recipe to look at the details, you get all the
information you need to recreate your concoction including the
details of the recipe with the quantity of each ingredient, notes
on specific brewing instructions, original and final gravity,
alcohol percentage and a description of the beers unique qualities.
The program also allows you to create labels for each brew.
Taking the extra steps to convert your paper recipes to digitized
form can be tedious, but for any brewer, it will be worth the extra
time to ensure the integrity and consistency of each beer you
The demo version is available at no charge; the full version of
the software costs a one-time fee of $25. The demo has the exact
same interface and options as the full version, but in the demo you
can not save your list of recipes that you have created. To save
your items, you must buy the full version.