App of the week: Hop Scheduler is a handy iPhone app for home brewers

hopsYears ago, when I moved to Cape Cod and didn’t know anyone, I did what most people do in that situation. I started to brew beer [1. This is the book that served as my introduction. It’s a great place to start.].

Brewing your own beer is a fun hobby that you can totally geek out on, from process to ingredients to hardware. Hop Scheduler for iPhone ($2.99) is one of those tools. This simple app lets you know when to add your hops, and in what order, depending on the style of beer you’re creating. It’s really quite handy.

To get started, tap Start A Brew Session and then select your boil time [1. Don’t let it boil over TRUST ME.]. Choose between 120 minutes, 90 minutes, 60 minutes or 30.

The next step is to identify your hops by name. Enter it into the input field and tap the “+” button. Hop Scheduler will list your hops and suggest a time for each. Finally, tap start the boil. A nice-looking countdown screen appears with the name of the next hop to be added as well as when it should go in.

Hop Scheduler is simple and good at what it does, which is precisely what I like in an app. Plus it looks great. Home brewers will want to check this one out. Grab Hop Scheduler and get brewing.





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