What to do with all those beerXML files? I had typically been storing them just locally. But sometimes I’m away from home and forget to copy them over to my laptop. I used to use dropbox to store them. Well actually I used to use it to store my BeerSmith folder and I could just fire up the app on either computer and have them at the ready. The problem was that I had something askew and it would make multiple copies. So I had fallen back to one of the older methods of online storage, well as old as they can be called since selling out.
I’ve been using Brewtoad off and on for a little while now and finally decided to start using it more. Mainly to store my recipes I build in BeerSmith. I’d store them on the BeerSmith cloud, but the rate charged to store the smallest of text files is horribly overpriced. By, like, a ton. Seriously, the files are under 20kb each. Anyway. I’ve found some limitations with Brewtoad that didn’t seem to be on Hopville – the original site that was actually awesome, somewhat. There used to be a very prominent import beerXML button in your recipe creation area. It is gone. They say they lost it and are looking for it. Okay? It’s literally a line of code they could add to the drop down menu for recipes, but…
So with the lack of support, or lack of initiative I should say, I decided to code up my own page to store my recipes. It would rely on sprucing up the beerXML files and displaying them in a somewhat readable manner. I went to the beerXML wiki page, because I couldn’t get to the home page at work, and read up a bit about it. Towards the end of my reading I spotted a blurb about sites that currently use the site and noticed malt.io listed. I had not heard of it before and decided to check it out to see if I could borrow some items to include in my site.
Well, I don’t need a site now. malt.io is polished and imports smoothly. It has tons more features than Brewtoad does and doesn’t cost anything. I’ve only been playing with it for an hour or two, but man is it exactly what is needed. It does seem like there are not a ton of users as of right now, but the way it looks and handles beerXML files, I’m sure it is only a matter of time before everyone is using it as a repository for recipes.
I’ll keep playing with it and uploading my recipes to it. But this seems like what I’ve been waiting for, in the beerXML storage department at least. If I run into any issues I’ll record them here, after I post up a bug report there. It seems they are a bit more proactive than the Brewtoad crew. I’ll also be able to just use their widget to post up my recipes. That way anyone wanting to use them can just download them.