Adjusting Your Water Profile in BeerSmith 3

by Brad Smith on June 13, 2018 · 14 comments

Here’s a little tutorial on adjusting water profiles in the recipe with BeerSmith 3 – which I plan to release on Saturday 16 June!


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Ronald Lee June 13, 2018 at 6:26 pm

I can not find the mash ph video you speak of in this video, can you put a link to it for us?

Brad Smith June 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

The additional videos are on the main video page here:

Travis Kedzior June 14, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Will you be updating Beer Smith Mobile to work with BS3?

Brad Smith June 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm

Yes it will be updated in late July to the BeerSmith 3 baseline.

Eduardo Almeida June 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Hi Brad,
I usually do a single mash infusion, then sparge to achieve the pre boil volume. I like to add all salts on the mash tun, and do the sparge without salts. Is there a way to set this on BS3?
On BS2, I had to calc my water on Brewers Friend in order to get the correct acid additions, and then add a note in the recipe to remember how much I had to add.

Scott June 20, 2018 at 9:42 am

I’m getting some drastically different results between Bru’n Water and Beersmith 3 for Mash pH. To get to a 5.3 pH for the mash in Beersmith 3 for a particular recipe, it’s saying I need 10ml of Lactic Acid. Bru’n water is showing 4ml. Is this something easy that I’m missing?

Taylor July 22, 2018 at 11:44 am

I’m getting similar results as Scott. Bru’n Water is telling me to add 2.1ml of lactic acid and Beersmith is telling me 6 ml…I’m I doing something wrong?

Mitch July 27, 2018 at 11:31 am

I am starting to use BeerSmith3. I’m new to this software, never used it before.

I see that chalk is listed as a misc ingredient and also Calcium Carbonate. Are they different? I thought chalk IS Calcium Carbonate.

Ian August 9, 2018 at 9:38 am


I just downloaded and started playing around with BS3 for iPhone. I really love the integration of the water calculator, but I’m wondering if there’s a way to display the final combined mineral content, rather than the mineral content of the mash and sparge water seperately. Like a previous poster, I typically add all my salts to the mash, so being able to see the combined water profile would be extremely helpful.


Dave December 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

Hi. I’ve created my water profile and i select this profile when building a recipe using the mobile app, how do i get it to add recommended salts etc? i can not find a target profile within the app?

Sean February 21, 2019 at 1:04 am

I have the mobile app but when trying to build a water profile, I don’t see the option to match a certain target profile in order to get recommended water additions like shown above.

Jack June 28, 2019 at 5:23 pm

I agree, beersmith3 should have this ability.

Robert Borsdorf November 28, 2019 at 12:32 am

I want to cast my vote that there be a third button to click that just adds the water salt additions together. I like to put all the salts into all my water the night before. In the morning I heat the entire amount to my transfer temperature, then pump off the amount I need for mash, saving the rest for sparge in an hour. The BS3 program is so nice, it seems ridiculous that this option is absent, and I have to add it all together by hand…

João Watter October 31, 2020 at 5:50 pm

How can I match water using mobile version?

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