Originally Posted by oasisbliss
I have beersmith and would like to use that. Would the best way be to load the 5 gallon AG recipe, hit the scale recipe button and choose mini BIAB to do a 2.5 gallon batch?
Also, should I always choose to match orig gravity, color and bitterness? Then at the bottom where it lists single infusion and such there is a drop down of biab (use that?) What what determines light med and full body ? also I would do a 2 week single primary so obviously choose ale single stage?
Thanks for the help I just want to make sure I understand this and do it properly. very excited to get this rolling..
Originally Posted by C-Rider
Yup to the first question. Just let it scale for you
The rest is more complicated. You should set up your equipment try using the help option. Maybe someone here can help some more.
Multiple questions here. First thing with Beersmith is to set your own profiles. You can use the default ones first but it may not correctly match your setup. In other words, say you have a five gallon pot and Beersmith says it boils off at a certain rate. You're pot may be slightly wider so yours may boil off more water in an hour. So, you can start with defaults, then change them for your pot or make a copy of the default pot and edit it for you boil off rate. So, when you pick that and use it, Beersmith will set you up with the right amount of water.
When scaling, pick match gravity, color and bitterness! Correct! Also, pick your new pot if you are say going from a 8 gallon to a 5 gallon pot.
The light body, med body and full body will change how you mash your beer. If you want, put in a simple recipe and change that setting. Then preview it and you will see that the mash temp will rise or fall along with the time depending on what you pick.
Single stage question- probably most of your ales will be a single stage fermentation but in some recipes you will need to do a two stage so that will explain itself in time. For now, unless a recipe calls for it...single stage.
Hope that helps.