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BeerSmith Software => BeerSmith 2 Questions => Topic started by: statsmats on November 14, 2015, 11:39:45 PM

Title: Water ingredients - Listing vs. Brew Steps
Post by: statsmats on November 14, 2015, 11:39:45 PM
Hi All...trying to understand how the water ingredients are listed. If a "Target" profile is desired and to create this profile I need maybe three things 1) A base profile (tap water), 2) salts, and 3) distilled water. and I save this "Target" as a new water profile.

When I pull the "Target" profile water into the recipe and then view the brew steps I was expecting to see the ingredients as my tap water (base), listing of salts and distilled water. Instead, I see the "Target" water listed and the salts listed...no mention of the tap water or distilled. I haven't figured out how to construct the water appropriately to get the correct ingredients listed on the brew steps sheet...hmmm.

How are others using this feature?

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Water ingredients - Listing vs. Brew Steps
Post by: brewfun on November 15, 2015, 03:47:22 AM
The water tool and profiles in BeerSmith are incomplete and in need of updates.

You're correct that the distilled or RO water dilution doesn't show on the recipe, nor does it show in a water profile. You can only enter dilutions as a note and see it when you double click the ingredient.

Another issue is that minerals are all assumed to be added to the mash or full volume of water. There isn't a way to separate additions for adding to the boil. BeerSmith doesn't calculate potential mash pH, at all.

If you change your mind about the water profile, new minerals are left as they were from the first choice, not substituted. You must delete all water minerals and add a new profile to update the additions.

Essentially, minerals shouldn't be in the base recipe. They should be added to the brewday log version at brew time, once everything else is final.

BeerSmith is a solid and robust program, but this area is far behind modern brewer needs.