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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« Last post by Oginme on November 23, 2021, 11:06:10 AM »
Hello Tyler!

The best way to start is (1) get yourself a copy of "How to Brew" by John Palmer.  This book will walk you through the process of brewing and has a lot of depth for when you want to know more.  Following that, (2) find a local home brew shop in your area.  The quality of information may vary, but many shop owners are well versed in introducing people to the hobby. 

Homebrewing is a good hobby as, beyond basic cleaning and sanitization practices, you can apply as much or as little effort into it as you would like.  You get to exercise your creativity if you desire or follow standard recipes to try your hand at producing them. 

Good luck and enjoy!
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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« Last post by TylerW on November 23, 2021, 10:57:46 AM »
Hello everyone, I would like to add brewing to my new hobby, but there is a lot of information on this topic, from the choice of tools to the right purchase of ingredients. I'm completely confused about this ((Tell me where to start correctly, having no experience at all?
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BeerSmith 2 Questions / Re: OG appears "off" and not changing when I add malt
« Last post by rx35285 on November 22, 2021, 12:35:04 PM »
Thanks for the help.  This software is simply amazing.  It was easy to use when I was using it regularly and is so powerful.

I haven't moved to BeerSmith 3 yet, but I will once I get settled back into BeerSmith 2.  Need to get reconnected to my old recipes, ingredients, equipment profile, etc.

ANYWAY, I noticed that switching the type from extract to partial mash changes the OG so that it matches what homebrewing.org says it should be and the software then responds when I start adding DME.  I'm sure it's operator error on my part, but do you have any suggestions on where I might be goofing up?

Thanks!   
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Suggestions / Re: Whirlpool as a brew step
« Last post by brewfun on November 22, 2021, 06:18:38 AM »
You can create a miscellaneous item for your whirlpool only step.

OP's suggestion comes from another thread where the misc item was suggested and explained. I think OP is looking for something more purpose built that's independent of hop additions. As it is, WP hop additions are counted from the beginning of steep, rather than being able to add them as part of a countdown to the end of WP (like boil timing). BeerSmith doesn't allow more timed process steps after the beginning of steep, so a brewer has to custom create a bunch of timed steps calculated out from the start of WP.

As BS evolves, I hope to see WP become a countdown addition, like the boil. As an aside, I'd like to be able to add many more fermentation steps, similar to how I can with a mash.
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Brew In A Bag (BIAB) / Re: About to BIAB in my HERMS....what should I know....
« Last post by Oginme on November 22, 2021, 02:31:10 AM »
If you are doing a full volume mash, then you should probably use a BIAB mash profile.  If you are planning on sparging, then use a standard mash profile.   For the program, it does not matter if you are using a propane burner, electric element, or a HERMS/RIMS system to heat the water and maintain the mash temperature.

In terms of grain absorption, if you are planning on squeezing the bag to reclaim more of the wort, then you should target a lower absorption value.  You can start by adopting the standard absorption for BIAB which is in the program and measure your water in vs water out of your mash to determine exactly how much is retained to adjust for the next brew.
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Brew In A Bag (BIAB) / About to BIAB in my HERMS....what should I know....
« Last post by TwoThings on November 21, 2021, 09:47:15 PM »
As the topic states....anything I should look to adjust in the Beersmith 3 program?  Grain absorption?  Should I set the mash profile as BIAB or RIMS/HERMS and alter the grain absorption?  Any tips are welcomed!  Thanks!
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Suggestions / Re: Whirlpool as a brew step
« Last post by Kevin58 on November 21, 2021, 01:59:52 PM »
You can create a miscellaneous item for your whirlpool only step. You need to look beyond that it is in the ingredients section. It is a custom step. Nothing more. The only time you will see the word "ingredient" is when you first create the step. After that during recipe creation you click "Add Misc" ...and in your brew steps it will show up under "Miscellaneous". BTW, it does show up in your brew steps and an alarm will sound when it is time to start your whirlpool.

As for your whirlpool hop step it is already in there. When you add a hop open the Use drop-down menu and at the bottom is Steep/Whirlpool. You can then add the time you want this step to start.
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BeerSmith 3 Support / Re: Brew Day Timer Whirlpool Steps
« Last post by Oginme on November 20, 2021, 06:49:45 PM »
Seems silly that you have to add a "fake" hop addition to get the whirlpool and whirlpool rest to be part of the brewing process.

Well, if using something that works and is easy to use is silly, then I am laughing all the way! 
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Suggestions / Whirlpool as a brew step
« Last post by msjulian on November 20, 2021, 03:58:32 PM »
It would be really nice if there was an option to add whirlpool and whirlpool rest times as part of the brew day without having to make it a hop addition. I have been using the whirlpool and rest since the late 80's way before whirlpool hop additions were a thing in the home brew world. Would it be possible to add them as part of the brew process so the brew day timer accounts for the steps and sounds alarms?? I always do a 10 min whirlpool and 10 min rest before transferring to fermentor. The addition of the hop whirlpool is very useful feature but I don't always have hop whirlpool additions. I know I can add a "fake" hop addition to get this accomplished but it would much better to be able to add it as a brew step and not an ingredient addition.
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BeerSmith 3 Support / Re: Brew Day Timer Whirlpool Steps
« Last post by msjulian on November 20, 2021, 03:48:51 PM »
Seems silly that you have to add a "fake" hop addition to get the whirlpool and whirlpool rest to be part of the brewing process.
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