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Winemaking is a replacement for the pen and paper journals that Winemakers use to keep track of their wine batches. Winemaking expands on the paper and pen journal by adding Batch, Journal and Data entry tools, as well as commonly used conversions and other calculations used by winemakers during the winemaking process. Additionally, data collected can be mailed to any email account using the built in mailer feature.
There can be many batches tracked at the same time. Batches contain top level information about your wine batches in process such as description, common name, varietal, and some initial metrics. You can have many wine Batches running simultaneously. Batches can contain many Journal entries.
Each Journal entry looks a lot like a paper journal entry. Your Journal entries are tagged with a date, and a title, and contain an editable text field for writing your notes. This is where you enter your notes. Each Journal entry can contain many Data entries.
Data entries can optionally be added to each Journal entry, and can contain any named data you want to track. The Data values are numeric, and each contains Name, Date and Value fields.
For any selected Batch, you can plot all occurrences of any named Data item for all Journals in the selected Batch over a specified date range. Plots are displayed with dates in the X axis and values in the Y axis.
Winemaker also contains calculators for commonly performed conversions of Volumes, Masses, Temperature, as well as some specific calculations for winemakers such as SO2 additions and Sugar adjustments. There is also a blending calculator where you can calculate results of blending two wines together. An example would be blending a high acid with a lower acid wine, and the calculator finds the resulting acid level.
Plots, Journal Entries with or without Data and complete Batch records can be sent to any email address, allowing you to import your information into external tools like Numbers or Excel for additional tracking or analysis.
There is a quick reference guide built in with introductory step by step guidelines for making red or white wines. Included in the reference material is a common equipment list, as well as a beginners guide to the minimal required equipment for a first batch of wine. Also listed are recommended chemicals for winemaking and adjustments. A short troubleshooting section exists for common issues encountered during the process.
An internal help system documents the overall use model for WineMaker.
What's New in Version 1.7
Fixed a bug that came in with IOS7 for the varietals field.
Fixes to improve stability.
Minor enhancements to UI for IOS compatibility.
Needs more work
The app works as advertised but needs human factors improvements into areas. Speed of entry, these types of apps are supposed to speed the process of data entry and this app is much slower than using paper or a notebook. As an example, to register a so2 addition it is 3 or 4 clicks per wine you have. I have 8 batches going, 5 reds and 3 whites just to say that I have added so2 takes way too much time.
You cannot bulk update all or selected batches.
You cannot delete or move entries so if made a mistake you either leave it, edit it to a blank or empty entry and then re enter the data some place else. Update, to delete accidental entries, you use swipe.
Data entry for the graphing is not traceable so you only know if you are entering data incorrectly when it is too late.
The calculators could be expanded to include acidulated water addition, dilution and acid addition with sugar...
Again good start and seems to be moving in a good direction.
Needs bulk update, delete of entry, faster data entry.
Update, it does not back up nor store the data any place else, I upgraded my ipad and lost all of my batch history.
I am a winemaker at a 10000 case winery and i use this app everyday in my cellar. Without this app it would be very hard to keep track of all the wine i have in production.