An excellent homebrew recipe program with an intuitive and simple interface for formulating recipes quickly.


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Pros & Cons:

Intuitive and simple interface, formulate recipes quickly, simple database management, export to BeerXML format, useful summary pane.

Our Review:

For an excellent freeware homebrew recipe program, QBrew is the only, but very deserving, choice. It has an intuitive and simple interface and is excellent for formulating recipes quickly (about half the time as BeerSmith, a commercial program).

Recipe entry and ingredient database management is extremely simple. Each recipe is stored in a separate file and can be exported in BeerXML format for sharing and/or importing into other BeerXML-enabled applications such as BeerSmith.

The summary pane also lists the maximum and minimum gravity, bitterness, and color levels according to standardized style definitions published by the Beer Judge Certification Program. This is useful if you're brewing for a competition, or targeting a particular style.

QBrew's recipe calculations seem to be more accurate than BeerSmith's, but don't accept that as a guarantee! Home brewing systems vary in efficiency and the calculation results are served as guidelines. Both BeerSmith and QBrew can be extracted from the installation archive and run from a USB flash drive.

QBrew was reviewed by on based on version 0.4.1.