Our selection of brewing apps for you
These days it seems like everyone is getting into craft beer. Drinking craft beer, evaluating beer, and also brewing craft beer. For hobby brewers and craft breweries there are a number of beer brewing apps available to support the brewing process and ensure high-quality beer at the end.
A win-win situation for homebrewers and the drinkers of their beer alike.
Which apps should you consider when brewing your own?
These are the beer brewing apps I like the best. If you have other recommendations, leave me a comment below.
1. Wort Homebrew Calculator – only for Android – FREE
Although this homebrewing app is still a beta version it has some great benefits. These include a recipe calculator, very large ingredient database, and style guidelines (original extract, alcohol content, bitterness) for many beer types. During the brewing process you can add more information about your brew and the app gives you insight into the resulting beer.
What I think is really cool about this app is that first you can select all your ingredients and select the beer style you want to brew. Afterwards the app calculates the original gravity, the bitterness (IBU), the alcohol (which the finished beer will have) and even the color. This great beer brewing app compares the results to the style guidelines and you can immediately see whether your beer will be too bitter for your selected beer style.
That’s really helpful as it gives you the chance to see any mistakes in your selected ingredients before you start.
Although this is one of the best (free) brewing apps, it doesn’t have recipes included, you have to create them yourself. If you want access to a large recipe database, the next app is probably for you.
2. BeerSmith 2 Mobile Homebrewing (and BeerSmith Lite for around half the price with limited features)
The BeerSmith app connects you with many thousands of recipes on the BeerSmithRecipes.com page. There is also a useful timer which tells you when the next brewing step is needed. You will benefit from built-in calculators for infusions, alcohol/attenuation, mash adjust, weight/volume, and carbonation.
What I find great about this app and website is that there are so many recipes and every user can comment on the recipes and rate them so you can try out the best recipes from very experienced homebrewers.
With this homebrewing app you will always have the best recipes on your phone at all times.
The app makes things easy: if the recipe you want to try is written for 50 liters but you only want to brew 20 liters you don’t need to recalculate, the app does it for you.
This is one of those beer brewing apps that helps you every step of the way.
3. Brauhelfer (in German)
Reflecting the huge interest in homebrewing and craft brewing in German-speaking countries, there are of course many German-language apps available. I love this beer brewing app. And don’t be fooled by its name. The “kleiner Brauhelfer” is small but mighty. You will be surprised at how many things this craft brewing app can do.
Features include creating, managing, and tweaking recipes, and calculating the malt, hops, and yeast. To use the app you need to connect to the desktop version of “Brauhelfer” via an internet connection.
4. BJCP Styles – only for iOS – FREE
This great app has information on all the beer styles (both 2008 and 2015) so you can read and study them. It is perfect if you are looking for information on a particular beer style or looking for a special new beer to try out brewing. The beer styles are according to the Beer Judge Certification Program.
Having this app is like having your very own textbook on your favourite subject.
5. Homebrew Talk – FREE
This is everybody’s favorite place to hang out and discuss beer. Whether you are on the train, waiting in a queue, or just chilling in your garden – with this app you always have the whole forum with you.
You can read about the latest recipes, topics, equipment, and if you have an urgent question, you can post it right from your phone and (usually) get an answer immediately.
If you want to go a step further than calculating, you can try this measurement app:
EasyDens app – FREE
The EasyDens app connects you with the density and concentration meter of the same name. The EasyDens density meter determines the temperature and extract content of your beer wort, and tells you when it’s time for bottling. All the data is sent to your smartphone.
See below for the different modes available: