Brewer's Friend

Brewer's Friend

By Brewer's Friend

  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Release Date: 2013-02-16
  • Current Version: 1.9.9
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 5.01 MB
  • Developer: Brewer's Friend
  • Compatibility: iOS 8.0+
Score: 4.5
From 220 Ratings


Brewing with total confidence. The details make the difference between an average batch of home brew and a truly excellent brew that is repeatable. This app is a beer recipe calculator, brew session tracker, and brew log - all on your iPhone. This application is capable of syncing with the Brewer's Friend cloud solution (the application works by itself stand alone, but the sync requires a premium account at the site). This application is ad free. Main feature list for version 1.0: * Complete recipe designer with pre-populated list of grains, hops, and yeast. Ability to add your own custom grains. * Fully supports metric units! * Work in Specific Gravity or Plato. * OG/FG/IBU/SRM, yeast attenuation automatically calculated. * Supports All Grain, Extract, Partial Mash, BIAB. * Tells if recipe matches style. * Pick the equations and units you prefer. * No Chill – Extended Hop Boil Time Supported. * Target 'to the fermentor' or 'to the kettle' batch sizes. * Journal for tracking events like gravity readings, volume collected, dates, and tasting notes. * Tracks what phase the brew is in. Version 1.1: - Adds a brew timer feature. Version 1.2: - Recipe sync with the Brewer's Friend cloud is supported (requires premium account). Version 1.3: - Brew session sync with the Brewer's Friend cloud is supported (requires premium account). Version 1.4: - User interface updates, sorting of recipes and brew sessions, performance improvements. Version 1.5: - Adds support for: hop stands (whirlpool and hopback hop uses), recipe CO2 level field, milliliters as unit in other ingredients section. Improves recipe listing view (shows snapshot indicator, index added). Version 1.6: - Adds stand alone calculators. Version 1.7: - 70 + yeasts added. Brands include: East Coast Yeast, Mangrove Jack, Real Brewers, Siebel Institute, and Brewferm. Make sure to upgrade now if you plan to use these and sync with the cloud. (Sync requires premium account.) - Adds stand alone calculators: Brix/Plato to SG Calculator and Dilution / Boiloff Calculator. - Support for batch target 'kettle' mode added for Extract and Partial Mash recipes. Version 1.8: - Cloud sync improvements. Version 1.9: - BJCP 2015 Guidelines added and fixed syncing of styles with cloud - Updates to ingredient database - Visual fixes to scrolling and stability in various places


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Good but....

It’s a good app. It would be GREAT if there were a way for recipes created in the app would upload to the web, especially when you are paying the monthly or yearly fee to use the app.
By Pelowry

Needs updating and a few more features!

I rely on this app every time I do a brew day. Incredibly handy to make modifications at my LHBS as I change my mind or based on the availability of ingredients. A couple things I wish would be updated: 1) I wish I could turn on auto-syncing. I can’t tell you the number of times I made an update only to overwrite it later by accident from the web UI. 2) ingredient search. 3) It’s built for smaller screens. 4) It’s lagging behind the web updates, which break recipes. For instance, adding the updated Lupulin Pellets in the web UI will give you an error when you try to save an update in the app. This last one made me move my ranking from a 4 to a 3 since it’s caused a lot of frustration. I like this app but since I pay for this service, I have higher standards for what to expect with regular updates. The app owner needs to consider breaking web changes as well. If the app is deprecated, please tell us.
By rae250

Worth the small $ investment

This app is excellent. I have found the minimal amount of money required for BF app and web account to be well worth it. Pros: Adds quality to my brews and makes them easier. Good overall for recipes and creating brew beers. Informative and easy to use. Can save all of my recipes to check out later. Cons: does not include any free beer
By JBanjovie

Pretty great

Really like it. Wish it was updated a little more often.
By mmart30691

New toBrewing

So I think I like the app so far- easy to use. I'll know more on brew day!!
By onionrunner

Good, But Limited

First, I use this app all the time! I can easily find my recipes and gather ingredients at the LHBS. More importantly, this is a very basic app. If you have already built your recipe and don’t need to alter anything it will show you exactly what you need. It does not connect/search user recipes which would be nice.
By D3Jas

Good program mostly

I’ve been using this app for over a year now- just a couple of minor issues I’ve had- there’s no way to put in a new value or different fermentable. I’ve been making ciders and beer with apple juice as a source of sugar and I cannot predict the outcome like you can with the recipe building section. Also when adjusting your recipe if your efficiency is set low, as in the case of seeping grains (I’ve seen estimates as low as 25%) and sugar is imputed as a fermentable the same 25% is applied to your sugar. Overall this app is fantastic. It’s a great tool to tweak your recipes to make sure your abv isn’t going to be crazy (and I like my abv around 14%), to predict the color, to calculate your actual abv, to prime your beer. If you’re just starting out this is an app that will help you.
By --

No BeerXML import option

This app works very well, but the only way to import recipes is to get a gold subscription on their website. That’s a non starter for those of us who might be coming from another app (Brew Pal I’m my case, which seems to have vanished from the AppStore) and just want to bring our recipes with us! Sent them a message a week+ ago and have had no response as yet. What a waste of $5, but I’m partially to blame for not looking into the feature before purchasing the app.
By Brewkid

Great App for smart phone- internet connection, but works well internet-free

A great handy App for Brewers, both for composing recipes to a BJCP STYLE and to have at hand on brew day. I learned about it from Brewer’s Friend Free, and it’s well worth the $5.00 USD.
By Tex doc

Ipad Support

So far my only dislike is no Ipad support and no landscape support.
By JFH52


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