BeerSmith 2.0 – A First Look

by Brad Smith on May 2, 2011 · 115 comments

I’m happy to announce that BeerSmith 2.0 is well into its beta test phase, and the pre-order is now open. It took over three years and 55,000 lines of code to get to this point, but I wanted a solid foundation for the future of BeerSmith. I thought I would take a few minutes this week to share a few screen shots and some of the details of the new version, though I plan to publish a lot more in the coming weeks.

The first thing to know is that BeerSmith 2 is not an “update” to BeerSmith 1.4 – it is a complete redesign of the program from the ground up. That has allowed me to redesign the foundations for the program and also take a hard look at what features worked best and which ones people would most like to see in the new version.

Macintosh and PC Support

Rewriting the program also gave me a chance to go cross platform – for both PC and Mac. Over 60 people are testing the new program on both platforms, and the two versions are nearly identical on both systems. I intend to release the two versions simultaneously so Mac users will now have the same full featured BeerSmith program available on the PC.

PC Version

Macintosh Version

A New Look, Familiar Feel

The basic platform for BeerSmith 1.0 was started way back in 2002 – and though it has served thousands of brewers very well over the years, it was starting to show its age. BeerSmith 2.0 has a significantly updated look and feel – including a ribbon bar, liberal use of high resolution graphics and icons, and a lot of options to customize the platform.

At the same time, the new version maintains the features you are most familiar with including all of the separate tools, custom reports and detailed ingredient databases you have used over the years.

Tabbed and Windowed Browsing

Tabbed and Windowed Browsing

One of the biggest features brewers wanted was a way to work on more than one recipe or tool at a time. After all, you can open a bunch of web pages in your web browser – why not your brewing software? So I added tabbed and windowed browsing to BeerSmith 2.0. You can open any recipe, tool or item in a tab or in a separate window and work on it the way you want. Want to work on three recipes at a time? No problem – they will open in three different tabs. Have multiple monitors? You can open as many windows as you like and spread them across all your screens.

Tabbed Browsing Details

Improved Recipe Design

The improved recipe design tool gives you a graphical look at your recipe – from the large glass showing the color of your beer to the graphical style guide comparison. Since a lot of people asked for different fields to be added to the recipe design display, I decided to make them all happy – the section in the lower right lets you pick from dozens fields detailing your recipe.

Graphical Recipe Design

Many existing users of BeerSmith are familiar with the Equipment and Mash profiles that make scaling to match your equipment or selecting a new mash profile as easy as choosing from a list. In BeerSmith 2, I’ve extended that concept to include carbonation and fermentation – you can pick from a preloaded set of carbonation and fermentation/aging profiles and apply them to a recipe.

Style Guide and "Pick your own" Fields

Formulate Recipes by Percent

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked-for features was the ability to formulate recipes by grain percentage. Now you can do exactly that – add your grains and then use the grain percent button to adjust the percentages.

Adjust Grains by Percent

Beyond Design

While the recipe design page still offers everything you need to build great beers, many advanced users wanted to be able to look under the hood to see details about their brewing session. So in addition to the design tab for building recipes, there are now tabs for yeast starters, mash details, fermentation, water and notes. As a beginning or even intermediate brewer, you may not every need to look at these details as the design tool has what you need to get started — but the details are there when you want them.

Mash Tab for a Recipe

Add More to BeerSmith 2

A lot of people liked the recipe packs and vendor specific ingredients I had as downloads for BeerSmith 1.0. But they did not like how hard it was to add them. So for BeerSmith 2, I’ve added a “Add-on” manager that lets you grab updated ingredient files and recipe packs from the web.

Download Add-ons From the Web

The Other Great Stuff You Expect from BeerSmith

I’ve carried over the best features from BeerSmith 1.4 as well. These include step by step instructions for any recipe, multiple report formats (HTML and text, including the ability to make your own reports), the ability to read and write BeerSmith 1.x files – even on the Macintosh, full support for metric, english and imperial units, in-field math and unit conversion, and much more. BeerSmith 2.0 even has support built in for translation – making it possible to have non-english speaking versions built by the BeerSmith community.

When is it Coming?

I’m targeting an early June release date for BeerSmith 2.0 – before the AHA National Homebrewer Conference in mid-June. The pricing and preorder information are available here – and if you order during the preorder period you can get a substantial discount!



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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Brad Smith June 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Try the “uncompressed DMG” link I posted last night – for some reason some people were having problems unpacking the compressed DMG file. I still don’t know why this is the case since it was created with the standard Mac disk tools — but most have had success with the uncompressed DMG if they could not open the compressed DMG.

If that still does not work please send me a message via the contact-us link on the site and I’ll try to help you work through the problem.


Keith Spencer August 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Hi Brad,

Thank you for all the effort and time you’ve put into this new app! This is an amazing project. My brewing partners are running Windows and I’m on a Mac. It is wonderful to be finally able to use the same brewing application and share recipes easily.

A couple of comments on the current build.

Please, please remove (or, even better, allow the user to remove) the word “My” from Recipes. It’s inconsistent (you aren’t saying My Equipment, My Water, My Profiles, My Ingredients etc.) and it’s inaccurate (I have others’ recipes in there including your samples).

I noticed that my trackpad scrolling and mouse scroll wheel work everywhere except in a recipe window. Is this going to be a challenge to correct?

Looking forward to being able to import my BeerAlchemy xml files soon.

Cheers and happy brewing,
Keith Spencer
High Noon Brewing Company

Pp September 1, 2011 at 7:31 am

Does the french translation now exist for the 2.0 or 2.4?

Brad Smith September 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

There is a group working on a French translation. If you want to help them you can contact me using the contact us link on the main BeerSmith page and I can put
you in touch with them.


pedro December 9, 2011 at 3:31 am

BeerSmith 2.0, Spanish version ???

Brad Smith December 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Hi – There is a translation board on the BeerSmith forum at that has most of the data files in Spanish. Last I checked two people were working on translating the program as well.

Dave Oyler February 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

When will an iPad app be available.

Brad Smith February 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hi- I’m working on a cloud service to share recipes first as it is needed to properly support the mobile versions. I plan to attack the mobile platforms after that.

Cliff Erich March 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

Love the program, and psyched for a true update to it, however, a lot of brewers I know, myself included, want to switch over to a tablet for a slew of reasons……How about Android or Ipad support? You’d make a killing on the apps, and we’d all get the portability we want and need….?

Brad Smith March 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I’m working on an online service now to allow recipe sharing (and act as a server for sharing recipes to your mobile device). As soon as I get that launched I’m going to start working on the mobile platforms.

Taranis February 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Is there a batch execution module? (step by step walk-though for brew day with data capture)

Jose Roberto September 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm


There is a forecast of BeerSmith translation in Portuguese (Brazil)?

Hugs and congratulations software.

Jose Roberto September 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm


There is a forecast of BeerSmith translation in Portuguese (Brazil)?

Hugs and congratulations software.

Jose Roberto

Jim February 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

Does Brewsmith address Water chemestry and predicting mash ph?

Christoph April 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Hello …

I could not find any info regarding the trial version capabilities.
Everything seems to work fine, but when i try to prints, done of the data prints.
Does the trial version not allow data? All page graphics and titles print.


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