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BeerSmith Software => BeerSmith 3 Support => Topic started by: mjeffw on April 02, 2022, 02:22:43 PM

Title: Mash schedule mystery
Post by: mjeffw on April 02, 2022, 02:22:43 PM
I'm using BeerSmith for the first time, I just got the trial version to see how it might replace my current brewing software.

I have a question that may be more about a brewing technique I haven't heard of before, but when I choose "Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge" the mash schedule looks like this:

Mash in: Add 20.47 qt of water at 162.5?F; Step Temp: 151?F for 45 mins.
Sparge: Batch sparge with 5 steps: (Drain mash tun, 0.97 gal, 0.97 gal, 0.97 gal, 0.97 gal).

That sparge routine is completely foreign to me, I don't even know what it means. Drain the mash tun, and then add 1 gal of water 4 times? Why not add 4 gals of water once (which is what I typically do)?
Title: Re: Mash schedule mystery
Post by: BOB357 on April 02, 2022, 03:55:37 PM
Mash profiles are meaningless until you enter and define a recipe. Even then, they're meant to be adjusted to fit your brewing equipment and technique. Before entering your first recipe, you need to set up an equipment profile that matches your system as closely as possible. Many of the numbers you enter will be used in various calculations as you create recipes, so accurate entries are important.

For detailed information go to BeerSmith.com/support.
Title: Re: Mash schedule mystery
Post by: Kevin58 on April 02, 2022, 05:46:33 PM
I can't agree more about creating a custom equipment profile. 99.9999% of problems new users of Beersmith have can be traced back to not creating their own equipment profile. Mash profiles are also completely customizable and probably should be to meet your process wants, needs and requirements. One little secret about both of these is that all the profiles were submitted by users. Granted they are pretty knowledgeable people but they are still profiles that are based on their equipment and the way they brew with it.

Here are some tutorials I have used myself and always suggest others take a look at...

https://youtu.be/HwEbjOt8OR8

https://youtu.be/CZ0TFtMnzxs