Tilt Hydrometer and Fermentation Import Features in BeerSmith 3.1

by Brad Smith on July 8, 2020 · 1 comment

This week I’m going to cover the new Tilt import features added in BeerSmith 3.1, as well as general features for importing and exporting CSV fermentation data from other sources.

Tilt Data Import

The Tilt wireless hydrometer has become a popular tool for home brewers. One of the top features many brewers asked for was a simple way to import their fermentation data into BeerSmith.

BeerSmith 3 added support for graphic fermentation readings including time, temperature and gravity. BeerSmith 3.1 adds a new Tilt Data Import button to the Fermentation Readings section of the session tab that lets you directly import your data. Click that button to get started.

From here you will be prompted to either import a CSV file or import directly from a Tilt Google Spreadsheet link. If you pick the google spreadsheet option, simply copy/paste your spreadsheet link into the field provided, and set your filtering interval as described below.

For the Tilt CSV import you can select the sensor color since Tilt CSV files can support multiple sensors, and you have the choice of importing the temperature in Celsius if needed. By default all Tilt apps output temperatures in Fahrenheit, but some third party apps do use Celsius. After that you can simply pick the CSV file to import.

Both methods also allow you to set a Filter Interval. Because these sensors can record a large amount of data – sampling every minute or more – you can filter the data in BeerSmith to only record samples separated by a certain amount of time. That time is known as the filter interval. For example if I set my filter interval to 60 minutes, the program will filter out samples that are not at least one hour apart.

Generic CSV Fermentation Import/Export

You can also now import and export your fermentation data to generic CSV files. This is supported by many additional devices and programs. The import and export of CSV files is very straightforward – just use the Import CSV or Export CSV buttons below the Fermentation Readings section on the session tab and then select the file to export or import from.

It is important to note, however, that the import/export of CSV is done in the current unit settings, so you do need to make sure your current units, which are set under Options->Units match the units of the temperature and gravities you are trying to import or export.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips on importing/exporting fermentation data in BeerSmith 3.1. Thanks for joining me on the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter or my podcast (also on itunes…and youtube) for more great tips on homebrewing.

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Derek Toering July 29, 2020 at 7:12 am

This is great Brad. Thanks for the update

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