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Old 03-24-2012, 04:11 AM   #1
Jun 2011
Sacramento, CA
Posts: 31

I am trying to decide what brewing software to purchase. I like Beer Tools but have one question. I found the water chemistry section in the recipe pull down, and I can find the different cities whose water they profile, but am unable to see where to make the additions and then see the result of those additions to my own water profile. Does the software this? Can someone give me the "blow by blow"?

Thanks, JW

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Old 03-24-2012, 04:23 AM   #2
Jan 2011
Tallahassee, Florida
Posts: 605
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I know where to find it in beer Smith but that wouldn't help you. From what I can tell BS is the biggest, and darn good. If you are still just considering brewing software I highly recommend it.

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:11 PM   #3
Mar 2011
Fraser, MI
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The water chemistry section is loaded from the top menu --> 'Recipe' --> 'Water Chemistry'. It loads a sub-window.
The top section is where you load the water you are using and any minerals, the bottom is for your desired water profile.
As you add minerals to the top window and adjust their amounts you will see the little jewels or whatever they are moving around. Green is a good match, yellow is not that great, and red is normally off further than it should be.
I added two water profiles to my Water collection - my local tap water, and RO water. I am in the process of adding the profiles from Bru'n Water like 'Brown Balanced' and such, since I use those most often.
The thing I can't seem to figure out is if you can get the mineral additions into your recipe. It seems, so far, that you have to note them down manually when creating your brew-day notes. Annoying to me.
The program is the best I've seen at dialing in your equipment, but it's missing a few other nice tools.
Anyway, hope this helps!

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