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: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 4
From 176 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



  • Good program mostly

    By --
    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.
  • No BeerXML import option

    By Brewkid
    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.
  • Great App for smart phone- internet connection, but works well internet-free

    By Tex doc
    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.
  • Ipad Support

    By JFH52
    So far my only dislike is no Ipad support and no landscape support.
  • Not worth the money

    By The_Broon
    Since all the calculators are available for free on the website, it’s incredible that they would only include a tiny selection here. Furthermore, it looks like it was designed in the ‘90s and still doesn’t support the iPhone X screen layout. I do like the ability to save your recipes and notes. It’s pretty clear this was designed as a quick project, but has not had the design input or even just the dedication that the website has. And that’s pretty poor, considering the website is free. My recommendation: use this to save recipes. But just pull up the website on your phone and ignore the app calculators. What a shame, this had the potential to be great.
  • Great for recipes!

    By Jo Don Baker
    And that is what I use it for. When I purchased I had a degree of trust for the product based off of the BF website. I was slightly. disappointed it doesn't contain the full range of brew tools found on the website, especially water calculations. However as I wanted it for an on the go/convenient non-internet reliant recipe creator that I knew would be reliable and accurate, I'm pleased. It works great and is easy to navigate, fairly intuitive navigation. I've used seemingly all the free online recipators and this app is worth the $5 to have on the phone, good value!
  • Continues to improve

    By BK Brewing
    Still a few options I’d like to see, but nothing that’s a deal breaker.
  • Very limited

    By Brewer45323
    I didn’t realize it would be so limited compared to website. It doesn’t even do water volumes!! How can you use it without water volumes? Also no yeast pitch, equipment profiles, etc. etc.
  • Needs an update

    By bla_211
    Nice to have recipes on the go, but the calculations are different from web to app which is extremely confusing.
  • Lost 2 years worth of recipes

    By Norrisk66
    The app itself is great. Calculations are very useful and quite accurate. I have been using the app to create recipes for years. I have been a paid “Premium” member this whole time. For some reason, my prior 2+ year’s worth of recipes showed “sync’ed” to the cloud (or wherever it is supposed to go). I had to wipe my iPhone 7+ due to the whole iOS battery scandal (another sore subject-GRRR). Once I re-installed the Brewer’s Friend app, and logged into my paid account, none of the recipes I had created on my phone (and had believed to have synced) prior to 2015 were actually stored. I have since tried to sync newly created recipes and have synced. All the syncing does is create a duplicate recipe on the app. For some reason it won’t show up on the website version of my account when viewing on a desktop computer. Stay away from this app if you are at all concerned about keeping your recipes!!