Pocket Brewer Tools

A set of commonly used unit, calculation and conversion tools for the average beer homebrewer.  Spreadsheets and computer programs are great but for most of us who brew in a closet, back patio or 5 square foot section of the garage there’s now Pocket Brewer Tools for Windows Phone 7.   Pull your phone out of your pocket and know how many quarts of water you need at what temperature in a flash.   This app provides quicker access to information for fewer mistakes in the beer brewing process.

Unit conversions made easy.  Convert commonly used things such as pressure(PSI, kpa, bar, atm), Gravity(SG and P), Temperature(F and C),  Volume(US, UK and European units) and of course weight(US, UK and European).

There’s a convenient scratch pad for making notes while you brew.  It’s great for things like jotting down missing ingredients, notes for recipes or steps you don’t want to forget later when you’re not in the heat of the moment.

Everything is saved on your device. You can exit out and come back in later to see your notes, conversions and units.  I like to set my base plan in my calculators and notes before I begin.

Multiple units available. See units in US, Imperial or metric standards.

Tools for the most common conversions when home brewing beer.

  1. Pressure - Convert PSI, Kpa, bar, atm
  2. Temperature - Fahrenheit, Celsius
  3. Specific Gravity – SG and Plato
  4. Volume - US and Imperial measures for ounces, ups, pints, quarts, gallons, barrels.  Liters and milliliters.
  5. Weight - ounces, pounds, grams, kilograms

Tools for calculating most common tasks in home brewing.

  1. Calculate Volume -  Given weight of container, specific gravity and weight of container full.
  2. Calculate Carbonation -  Given volumes desired, temperature and beer volume.   Get forced pressure amount or get the amount of corn sugar, DME, cane sugar or honey to use.
  3. Estimate Alcohol -  ABV, ABW, real and apparent attenuation given starting gravity and final gravity
  4. Hydrometer Adjustment - Calculation given specific gravity, wort temperature and calibrated temperature.  Most hydrometers are calibrated for 60 degrees Fahrenheit so just leave it!
  5. Boil Off Calculator - You need to experiment with the cooling loss percentage and evaporation rate of your system.   With these percentages given the starting volume, specific gravity and boil time you can calculate how much boil off you’ll have.
  6. Dilution Tool – If you need to dilute your wort with water or additional wort you can calculate what gravity you can expect with the additions given gravity and amounts.
  7. Decoction Volume – Figure out how much of your mash you need to decoct when performing a decoction mash.  If you’ve never done a decoction mash you can read more about it on this brewing page.
  8. Strike and Infusion Calculator – Figure out your strike and infusion mash volumes and temperatures quickly with this handy tool.
  9. Adjust Mash Temperature – If your temperature is a little off this calculator can tell you how much water at what temperature to add to achieve the desired mash temperature.

More features coming over time!  I’ve been brewing beer for 5+ years now and always find something else I need to know asap.