Brewtoad FAQ

May 9th, 2013, by Kyle (Backend Dev)

If the answer you’re looking for isn’t here, please shoot us an email at Please try to recognize that we prioritize questions which are not already covered in this FAQ.

If you believe you’ve found a bug, you can report it on the Brewtoad issue tracker.

I forgot my password.

If you still have access to the email address you used to create your account, you can reset your password.

Please don’t email us about lost passwords. Unless you still have access to the email address we used to create your account, we have no way of verifying that you are who you say you are.

I have a question about my Hopville account and/or recipes.

Check the Hopville FAQ.

Which formula does Brewtoad use to calculate IBUs?

Brewtoad uses the Tinseth formula as it’s widely considered to be the most accurate. Support for Rager and Garetz is planned.

Which formula does Brewtoad use to estimate my beer’s color?

Brewtoad uses the Morey equation developed by Dan Morey. This equation gives good results for beers less than 50 SRM.

How does Brewtoad handle metric units?

Brewtoad allows brewers to mix and match U.S. Customary and Metric units at will. In the recipe editor, when you enter your batch size, boil size, top up water, fermentable weights, hop weights, mash step temperatures, etc., you’ll see a unit dropdown to the right of the input. If you’ve already entered a value, changing the units will do the unit conversion for you.


Because brewers almost always use a single measurement system for all of their recipes, we’ve added a preference in your account settings called “Preferred Units” which allows you to choose a default measurement system.


How can I enter measured OG, FG, tasting notes, etc.?

Brew logs are what you’re looking for. We’ve written a couple blog posts about brew logs. Introducing Brew Logs and Updates to Brew Logs.

Why doesn’t your database have my favorite ingredient?

Sorry! While we’ve tried to do our best to develop a robust ingredient database, we realize that there are a number of gaps. Availability of many brewing ingredients can vary quite a bit depending on where you’re located.

When building our ingredient database, we started with the maltsters, hop varieties, and yeasts that are stocked at our LHBS, Midwest Supplies and Northern Brewer.

The best thing you can do if you notice something missing is to let us know. If you can include some information about the ingredient, even better. Links to malt analysis sheets are great. The more information you can provide about the ingredients you’d like added to the database, the faster they’ll get added.

If you don’t want to wait for us to add your ingredients you can always create your own custom ingredients. You can do this from your dashboard, or from the recipe editor itself.


If you’re interested in helping to maintain and expand our ingredient database, drop us an email and we’ll chat.

What’s this Chrome Frame thing?

Google Chrome Frame is an add-on for Internet Explorer which allows it to support modern web standards.

Brewtoad’s UI uses HTML5 and CSS3, and unfortunately old versions of Internet Explorer do not support these technologies.

We suggest either installing Chrome Frame (it’s a great piece of software) or upgrading to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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