I spoke before about brewing with the iPhone here. I recently came across this great new app ($4.99) for the iPhone called iBrewMaster (app store link). This is a great app that brings even more useful brewing tools into the palm of your hand.
The app comes with about 50 or so recipes, but also lets you create and edit your own. It has a nice selection of grains, hops, adjuncts, and yeast as well as a place to enter notes for the brew.
Also great is a "Schedule" function which tracks your batch and what should be done when (ie: transfer to secondary, bottle, serve, etc).
You enter each batch as you go. The app auto-calculates a number of things, including ABV% and calories. You also have the option to enter all of your information regarding OG, temp to ferment at, and duration.
Recent updates added the ability to email a recipe, and also added additional options for sorting recipes, including by color (which is also included when you create a batch).
I'd love to see calculations for amount of water to use and temps, but for now this is a great addition to my brewing space.
Now, during a brew, I can use my iPhone to make unit conversions, control my brewing tunes on the radio, and create and track my batches. I can also send texts and emails, make phone calls, and surf the web - all without sitting down in front of a computer.
I love my iPhone - it is one of the single greatest inventions ever. I'd love to see one of the brewing applications ported over to the iPhone, but I wont hold my breath.In the meantime, the iPhone is great to use for conversion calculations and to use as a timer. There is also an app called beermath, or something like that, but it is 5 bucks and I am not willing to spend my money on an app where I can get the info for free on any number of websites (which I can easily access with the iPhone).One great app that is free that I downloaded is the "Beer Judge Certification" (BJCP) program. It is laid out nicely and provides all the information one needs for almost all beer types. I recommend it for brewers and non-brewers alike, as it has a bunch of interesting information related to the various beer styles.For those without an iPhone, you can still get this information at the BJCP website.For those with an iPhone here is a link to the app in the appstore.On a related note - there are a bunch of great podcasts that are available for free that relate to beer, craft brewing, and homebrewing. There is one out there on sanitation that was great. I'll try and locate it to post in the future.