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Homebrew Formulator is an application for creating and managing beer recipes. It is a Filemaker runtime application, so it has a powerful database driving its capabilities. It was developed by us to meet our personal needs, but we have decided to make it available to the public free of charge. Of course, you can always send us some beer or donations if you would like.

Some features of the Homebrew Formulator include:

  • Universal binary
  • Creation of full mash, partial mash, and extract beer recipes
  • Beer list sortable by recipe name, beer style, or date brewed
  • Beer styles from the most current more...

What's New

Version 2.7.5:
  • BeerXML export


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Homebrew Formulator (Developer) Member IconDev+10
Homebrew Formulator (Developer)

If you downloaded the update when it first was available and you had recipes from a prior version backed up and needing to be re-imported, download the application again. I had a minor error in the import script that was not adding unmatched recipe files. Sorry about the inconvenience. (This was corrected within the first hour of the update announcement.)

Also, you will note that the field "Recipe Type" was not being honored between export/import. This was one of the fixes in this version, so now that field will be correct between upgrades.

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Version 2.7.2
drkilmer Member IconComment+6

AAARRGGHHH!! I just updated from the last version (2.5.9?) and it losy ALL by brew recipes!! All the other updates worked fine. No ... i didn't have backups ... dammit. BE CAREFUL if you update to this version!!

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Version 2.6
Homebrew Formulator (Developer)

Let me test this on another machine. It worked fine when I tested on my own system prior to release last night. (Worked fine on my other machine from 2.5.9 to 2.6.0 with 25 recipes.)

Try doing a manual import from the File menu. You should have an exported version in your Library from a prior update.

I do recommend you always run a manual export prior to running an updater, but I am real sorry about your data loss.

Jobby Member IconComment+41

I may be missing something, but if I open a window from Manage Databases and then go to table view, I get left with an uncloseable window - I can't get back to record view, which has a Close button, and the standard red Close button is greyed out. Command-W doesn't work, either. This could just be me not being used to Filemaker, of course, but it would be great if it could be made to work in the same way as other Mac apps.

Is there a way to change the units to metric for us Europeans, BTW?

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Version 2.5.8
Homebrew Formulator (Developer)

If you look under Manage Databases, there is a 'View as Form' item. Select that to get back to the form view where you can click the 'Close Table' button. This is a constraint of creating a Filemaker application where you need to control access to background databases.

As far as the metric units, this is not configurable. Unfortunately, to convert the program to SI would require a ton of extra work that cannot be done currently. FWIW, I do have tooltips that pop-up for most non-metric inputs to show the metric equivalent. This is not at all ideal, but it is something. Sorry about the limitation.

drkilmer Member IconComment+6

Wow. This is a great program for the mac. I've been playing around with it for a day or two, inputting my recipes and getting familiar with the program. Can't wait to try it out on brew day. It's obvious this program was built by brewers. And it's free. Thanks!!

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Version 2.5.1
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 9,607
Version Downloads 4,803
License Free
Date 18 Jan 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free