BeerSmith 2.3 Update Released and Available for Download!

by Brad Smith on August 8, 2016 · 13 comments

SoftNew200I’m pleased to announce that the BeerSmith 2.3 desktop update has been released for download. You can download the new version here. This update is free for all existing V2.x license holders, and the trial version is available for those just starting with BeerSmith. Versions are available for Mac, PC, and Linux (beta). I am working on updates to add the new brewing features to the mobile versions later this fall.

I’ve posted a detailed post of the features here!  Also I have a detailed guide here on using the new water analysis and mash pH tools.

Major BeerSmith 2.3 Feature Highlights

Some of the major changes include:

  • A new “Session” tab that consolidates brewing session data in one place and makes it easy to compare planned vs actual readings.
  • Mash pH estimation and acid adjustments built into the recipe editor along with improved water analysis.
  • Simplified recipe editing that makes it easier to create and adjust recipes including things like copy/paste/undo, the ability to add/delete multiple items at once, proper keyboard shortcuts and focus handling, and more.
  • Support for wide screen monitors including many resizable dialogs.
  • Proper late sugar additions for all grain, as well as a separate mash gravity and mash efficiency estimation.
  • Support for CO2 as well as isomerized hop extract additions.
  • The ability to lock/unlock recipes for editing.
  • An improved brewing engine that can integrate hop additions as gravity changes in the boil as well as carry over unused hops into the whirlpool for long whirlpool or “no chill” brewing.
  • A large number of bug fixes, usability enhancements, and recipe editing features to make the program easier to use.

You can view the detailed features post here and the full change log here in detail. This release incorporates many hundreds of updates, fixes and enhancements to make your brewing day easier, and I would like to thank the many dozens of testers who contributed to this release over the last few months as well as thousands of people who provided suggestions, data and ideas for the update.

I will be posting a series of articles and short videos on the BeerSmith blog in the coming weeks so please check back for tips on using new features in BeerSmith 2.3!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin August 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm

What is the backwards compatibility of this update? I have an older MacBook that is not compatible with OSX10.9 and so I cannot install this version. I also use a newer Mac Mini that is capable of running 2.3. Will this cause issues if I am using a shared data directory?

Brad Smith August 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

You can try the 32 bit version (down a bit farther on the download page) on your old Macbook or alternatly upgrade to 10.9 or higher. I do not recommend running from a shared directory as this can result in data loss if both copies are open at the same time and overwrite each other. I recommend using the cloud to synch recipes between machines.

Kevin August 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

OK, I’ll try the 32b version. Thanks

Joe Schmidt August 12, 2016 at 11:36 pm

Just ran the update and the updater closed beersmith for me before it installed. Now when I open it I get the warning that there is a lock file because beersmith may not have closed correctly but I can override. I can’t get the error to go away and I don’t see anything called lock file or with the extension .lock or anything similar in directory where all of my data for beersmith is saved. Where might the file be so I can remove it this once and what should it be named?

Running win10 x64
beersmith files are saved in the default c:\users\username\documents

Brad Smith August 13, 2016 at 10:41 am

That is pretty unusual on the windows version to have a lock file left. I’m wondering if you may be running into the issue some users had with their antivirus software preventing the program from changing certain files. Try whitelisting BeerSmith or marking it trusted if you are using antivirus software.

Barry Stephens August 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Every time i try to update I keep getting a pop up saying cant connect to server

Dirk Franzen August 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Same problem as Barry, keep getting can’t connect to server. Running Windows 10

Paul Hancock August 20, 2016 at 6:40 am

Getting the same error.

Jon Tucker August 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

Same error connecting to server on Macbook El Capitan

Brad Smith August 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

The simple workaround is to just go to and download the update from the main
download page. There are upgrade instructions near the bottom of the page.

Joshua Fogg November 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm

I love the new update, especially the ability to account for boil hop isomerization in the whirlpool. The problem though, is I use my mobile version quire a but to edit recipes and brew with. The ibis on the desktop version do not match the mobile version. Any thoughts on when the updated mobile version will be out? Just another mobile thought, it would be great to have the ABV show on the ensign screen.

Phil March 20, 2017 at 9:11 am


Is there any way I could run BS v. 2.3 on a Linux 32 bits host? I only see a 64 bits download option for the 2.3 version, and I would like to upgrade my 2.2 version I’ve been using on a 32 bit processor.


Ricardo Domiciano June 16, 2017 at 1:09 pm

I can’t load one of my recipes on the mobile app. It always says “could not download recipe from server”. Tried deleting from cloud, copying back to cloud from my computer, it won’t work. It’s so frustrating!

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