Beersmith v Brewers Friend

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Beersmith v Brewers Friend

Post by Fozzy Beer » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:06 pm

As a newbie (first AG today after 3 kits) I've used the trials on offer for both BF and Beersmith
The information I wanted (mash/sparge vols) seems quite complicated in both. Can't seem to customise equipment/process in either
Can't set-up mash+fly sparge in BF and can't set-up 32L boiler/copper and 45L tun (or not understanding terminology)
Is it me?

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Re: Beersmith v Brewers Friend

Post by thepatchworkdoll » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:40 pm

Hey Fossy have u tried Brewmate. Its uncomplicated and easy to use. Try it mate.

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Re: Beersmith v Brewers Friend

Post by killer » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:46 pm

+1 for Brewmate

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Re: Beersmith v Brewers Friend

Post by dogchillibilly » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:58 pm

I am a big advocate of beer smith - used versions 1 and 2

Try this

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Re: Beersmith v Brewers Friend

Post by Fil » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:44 pm

Hi Fozzy.. as u have brewed ag once now you have an idea of your dead spaces, boil off rate, grain and hop absorption rates. all crucial info for getting the volumes spot on, BUT.. dont let it get u all tangled up.. if u oversparge consider a longer boil, and perhaps wait 20 mins or longer depending on just how much u oversparged before starting with the hop additions. likewise if u undersparge u could cut the boil to 60 mins, or just add some hlt liquor..

No 2 rigs are the same unless u bought a brewmeister ;) as u brew a few more batches everything will fall into place and the volumes needed for your rig will become evident..

but if u go a bit off target dont fret and just adjust ;)
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Re: Beersmith v Brewers Friend

Post by gibbiem » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:06 pm

Beersmith is class like. Its taken me a little while plus a few brews to get it all setup correctly. Tomorrow will be my first brew following BS since its all been setup correctly so watch this space...

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Re: Beersmith v Brewers Friend

Post by Fozzy Beer » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:06 pm

Had a look at Beermate thanks

Also took advice to view BS tutorial - have now entered my equipment :wink: !

Got a lot of inf from first brew - evap rates etc so we'll see how it goes from here

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