Originally Posted by ctango
I just bought one and would like to brew a test batch with someone who has experience with the system. I'm sure there are techniques that would be nice to know. I live in Houston TX feel free to message me with any info. thanks
I'd like to help, but I have never brewed on a BM. I have seen an older one that my friend has (I don't know how old, but not the latest version). FWIW, he likes it a lot and I would guess the newer models are even better. IIRC, we are talking about a combination manually direct fired/automated electric heat exchanger with a cool graphic interface. Whew! What this means to me is that you have a lot of options on how you want to brew from a simple infusion mash all the way to circulating stemp mashes with optional gas burner assist for the temp ramp ups. I think that you can maintain constant mash temps without using the gas burner at all.
I think all you need to do is get familiar with the software part of the BM and everything else will come quickly. I would think that they would supply you with at least a tutorial DVD of some kind. How difficult would that be? Maybe they have such a thing. I would give them a call. You bought a relatively expensive system and they owe you some customer service IMO.
It's difficult to advise beyond the above limited info without knowing how much brewing experience you have and on what type of systems. If you've ever brewed on a Herms or RIMS, it should be no problem getting up to speed on the BM.