Better Wine Support

Discussion in 'Feature Requests' started by Jason Cox, May 8, 2017.

  1. Jason Cox

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    For beer, I really like your calculator but already had BeerSmith so just continue to use it. I want to be a paid customer for you, but can't because of the poor support for wine :) . (Check out VinoTrac for example).

    + Add wine yeasts / cider yeasts (there is another feature req out there for that).
    + Remove some "required" fields from the beer recipe, make them optional (Boil time for example).
    + Add more fermentables, like different grape varieties

    It still would not be perfect, but a data admin can add yeasts and fermentables without a software change, and I could use it for wine (and start using it for all my beer recipes).
     
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    Hmmmm, I've been making wine for 30 years, and only brewing for about 15, and I've never had the notion to use brewer's friend or Beersmith for wine recipes. I use some simple calculations via wine calc to add sugar to get a desired OG, but I don't see how useful brewing software would be for winemakers or cidermakers. Can you explain how it could be useful, and what you would use it for?

    I have pretty copious notes for my acid adjustments/pH readings/ brix/ chapatilization/etc, but it's as whole different thing than brewing. For brewing, I use software to make my recipes and calculate IBUs and water chemistry, which doesn't apply at all to wine so I'm trying to picture what you mean.
     
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    #3 Jason Cox, May 11, 2017
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    I guess my goal isn't the recipe calculation as much as it is the recipe tracking for wine. I keep detailed notes on the wines I make, but do it is different places (namely a notebook). Adding wine yeasts to the database would be awesome. It would help keep all fermenting related logs/recipes/notes in a single place.
    The custom yeast is what I can use for now.

    Thought:
    You have a "My Inventory" section; this area allows me to add custom yeasts/fermentables/hops/etc just like on the recipe builder. Would it be possible to add any custom items in "My Inventory" to the related dropdown on the recipe builder? That way a "custom" fermentables/yeasts/etc would show up and we could select them from the dropdown as if it was any other item. This feature would help beer brewers with custom items, and a side-effect is that it would make it easier to store custom fermentables for wine recipes :).

    Personal question: How do you currently store your wine logs? Different software?
     
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    I will bring your ideas up with the others, and see what they think. I know we have some mead makers as well.

    For me, I have a very old stack of papers in folders. That's my "high tech" log system. Maybe if I was starting out now, I would want it on my computer but I've been making wine for many many years, long before the internet and computers, so it's just the way I've always done it. I spend WAY too much time in front of a screen, including when I brew beer, so wine is my "non screen time" hobby. Even with cooking and soapmaking, I do most of it on the computer except for the actual hands-on stuff.
     

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