Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use BeerSmith on more than one computer?

  • Yes, you can use one BeerSmith activation key on up to TWO computers (PC or Mac) as long as both computers are for your personal use.  For example installing on your laptop and desktop computer would be fine.  Sharing or giving a key to another person for their use is strictly prohibited.

2. How do I install or upgrade BeerSmith?

  • Installation instructions are on the main downloads page
  • If upgrading from BeerSmith 1.4 to BeerSmith 2, please install BeerSmith2 to a separate directory, as both programs are separate and may be run side-by-side

3. I’m Receiving a Warning from my Antivirus Program When I Install BeerSmith 2?

  • Because BeerSmith 2 is new with few users, some antivirus programs are flagging it as a risk
  • Please see this page on how you can help us correct these false-positive reports

4. Can I use my BeerSmith 1 Recipes with BeerSmith 2?

  • BeerSmith 2 will read and write BeerSmith 1 format (BSM) files.  This video walks you through the process:
  • If you have BeerSmith 1 on the same PC, you can use the import wizard on the file menu – which will import your existing recipes and equipment profiles along with any inventory it can match.  If you have a lot of custom ingredients or want to be selective about what you move over you may need to use method 2:
  • The second method is simply to export your Recipes using the Export command in BeerSmith 1 (BSM format), move them over and then open those files in BeerSmith 2.  Once you have the BSM file open in BeerSmith 2, please copy/paste the items you want into “My Recipes” folder.  For ingredients, export from the respective ingredient view and then copy/paste items desired into the respective ingredient views in BeerSmith 2.

5. What’s the fastest way to get started with BeerSmith?

  • A few minutes browsing our videos will usually teach you about 90% of what you need to know to build your first recipe

6. How do I customize BeerSmith for my equipment

7. Where is my data stored?  How do I back it up?

  • BeerSmith 2 stores all of your data under the Documents/BeerSmith2 directory by default for easy backup.
  • In BeerSmith 2 you can also change the data directory using the command to change directories on the File menu.  If you change installation directories, BeerSmith will overwrite any data you have in the new destination directory, so please be careful when performing this operation.

8. Is BeerSmith available for the Macintosh?

  • Yes – BeerSmith 2 is available for the Macintosh (Intel architectures, Mac OSX 10.5/Leopard or higher) – you can download a free trial here

9. What are the Minimum System Requirements?

  • PC/Windows: you need Windows 7, Vista or XP (with service pack 3).  A wide screen (1200 pixels wide or higher) is recommended but not required
  • Macintosh: An intel based processor Mac is required.  A wide screen (1200 pixels) is recommended, as is the Mac OSX version 10.5 (Leopard) operating system or higher

10. What is your Update/Upgrade Policy?

  • All minor version updates such as 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc… will be available for free.  Major upgrades (version 2.3 to 3.0 for example) will require a new registration.

11. Why are the Hop IBU numbers different than in BeerSmith 1.4?

  • An additional hop adjustment of approximately 10% was added to compensate for pellet hop usage, as the hop equations were originally developed with whole hops.  This was not accounted for in BeerSmith 1.4 but we added this addition in BeerSmith 2 which will raise your IBU numbers about 10% if you use pellet hops.  You can also adjust this 10% factor if desired from the Hop options page under the Options dialog.
  • We also made a minor adjustment to the hop utilization to account for batches with large trub/chiller losses – this generally will change your hop estimation significantly only if you have large trub/chiller losses relative to the batch size.

12. I get an error “This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect.  Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.” under Windows XP (possibly Wine as well)

  • This indicates you likely do not have Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed
  • If you don’t want to install service pack 3, you can alternately download Microsoft’s 2008 VC Runtime and manually install it yourself

13. Will BeerSmith Run under Linux?

  • A native version of BeerSmith 2 for Linux is currently available for Ubuntu Linux (Debian package) from our main download page
  • While not an officially supported platform, BeerSmith 2 will run under Linux using a PC emulator such as Wine.  There are some limitations (see the bullet before this regarding the Microsoft VC runtime).  For the latest details, please check the Linux/Wine FAQ page and also the discussion forum.

14. Are Foreign Language Editions of BeerSmith available?

  • A number of volunteer teams have started translating BeerSmith 2 to several languages including French, Italian and Portugese.  If you wish to join one of these teams please use the contact us link at the top of the page.

15. What about BeerXML support?

  • BeerSmith 2 can write BeerXML files for use with other brewing programs.  The feature to read BeerXML files was not complete at launch, and will be added in an early update.

16.  When displaying “Brew Steps” for a new extract recipe, I get a mash step displayed?