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Old 08-26-2012, 06:37 AM   #1
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Default Can someone familiar with Beersmith help me setup my equipment or link me to a guide?

Please assist me if you can. I can describe my setup if it helps. I wanna try and design some recipes haha. Thanks guys!

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Old 08-26-2012, 06:48 AM   #2
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I'll try to help.. Let's hear about your set up

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I have a 30 gallon Blichmann Brew Kettle as my boil ketter/hot liquor tank. It has the hop blocker addon and a diptube, so there shouldn't be much lost in the final boil. I plan to mainly do 10 gallon to 15 gallon batches. I have a Mash Hawk for a Mash Tun: http://www.irpinconline.com/HomeBrew_Solutions/Tech_Specs.html

I use these burners with a 30 psi regulator although I am about to switch it over to natural gas: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/cast-iron-banjo-burner-burner-only.html

I use a pump to pump the water from the kettle to the mashtun, then I pump the wort back into the kettle for the final boil. I do a vorlauf and run the wort back through itself before I pump it into the kettle. Then it goes kettle through a chiller into whatever I am fermenting in. I use glass and buckets both.

If I forgot to mention any parts of my system let me know.

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Sorry.. been away let me read your post closely

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Your set up sounds top notch. Have you brewed 5 g batches of all grain before?

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Your set up sounds top notch. Have you brewed 5 g batches of all grain before?
Yes, but it was before I upgraded to the Blichmann Kettle. Before I was using a keggle and did 5 gallon batches of recipes I found on here to learn the ropes. Now that I have my workflow dialed in I've upgraded to the Blichmann and want to use Beersmith to be more scientific with my brewing and recipe formulations.
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Here's a download to BeerSmith. Good program. Free for three weeks and if you like it it's 25 bucks or so to own. It will help you out more than I can. http://beersmith.com/download-beersmith/

Edit You already have beersmith?

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Okay.. wasn't paying attention. Upgrading is same same. Most important factors only you will know about your system and plug into BSII. Boil off rate, mash tun loss, kettle loss. Do some experiments to find the numbers and plug them in. Might take a few times to get it dialed in but then you'll be good. Make sure you update your equipment and batch size profile. If your equipment profile isn't in beersmith you can add it.

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Here's a download to BeerSmith. Good program. Free for three weeks and if you like it it's 25 bucks or so to own. It will help you out more than I can. http://beersmith.com/download-beersmith/

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Yes I do. I need help setting up the equipment section for my setup. I think I did it properly, but I'd like a second opinion. Here's my setup now, let me know if anything needs changing.

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