BIAC profiles for Beersmith
Beersmith is a very useful tool for easily creating well-designed recipes. It also keeps accurate records of brew days for best repetition and learning. You can learn more about the Beersmith program here.
Here are the equipment and mash profiles for use with the BREWHA BIAC.
To import these into the Beersmith program follow these steps:
- Download the above file to your desktop
- In Beersmith, select 'File' then 'Open File' and selected the profile you downloaded to your desktop
- A new screen will open showing the profiles
- Select the profiles and copy them
- Open the 'My Recipes' folder of Beersmith and select the Profiles section. Select Mash or Equipment Profile folder. Available profiles will be listed.
- Paste the downloaded/copied file into the correct profile list.
(Profiles can also be added in the desktop version of Beersmith but selecting 'View' and 'Add-ons' in the lower toolbar. Then click 'Add' and select the BREWHA profiles. Then click 'Install Add-on' and the profiles will be added to the program.)
A few minor tweaking may be necessary to get the program to work best for your specific needs. For example, if you are step mashing, you may want to change the mash profile setting beside saccharification to 'temperature' instead of 'infusion'. For single step mashing, it is best to select 'infusion' as the program will then compensate for cooling caused by addition of room temperature grain. Likewise, if your grain comes from the fridge (or freezer), adjust the setting for temperature of the grain.
The are a few minor limitations to the program (relative to the BIAC) which Brad Smith said he would address in the next update (we have reviewed his beta program and he has corrected this; he has advised us that the update will be ready for general launch in August, 2016). The primary one involves the deadspace calculation for strike water volume. Since the area below the Mash Colander when it rests in the 3-in-1 should not be used for calculating water:grist ratio it is technically 'deadspace' for mashing, however it is not lost water since it is used in the boil. A future update will allow for a deadspace calculation that only applies to mashing. In the meantime, Brad Smith said "the easiest way to handle it is to up your water/grain ratio for the mash in step which will add a little more water to your mash to compensate." This can be accomplished by selecting 'Profiles'/'Mash Profiles' then double clicking on the Saccharification step and adjusting the 'Water/Grain Ratio'. (It can also be accomplished right in a recipe under the 'Mash' section.) For example, with the Medium BIAC and a 10 gallon batch, a 2.5qt/lb is appropriate, but with a 6 gallon batch, a 3.0qt/lb works a little better. In the calculations, some or all of the 'Fly Sparge' volume can be added to the strike volume if the mash is too thick, but it is best to add this to the Mash Colander after mashing in, to ensure the full volume will fit. If it won't fit during mashing, add the remainder as the Mash Colander is being withdrawn from the 3-in-1 as the grain being withdrawn will create space. The Medium BIAC holds approx. 90L of water, so if your strike volume plus grain volume is less than that, there should not be an error.)
We have included what we think are average profiles in the files above. The brewer can adjust as they find necessary, and if there are any profile recommendations to make it work better that would be broadly applicable, we would love to hear about them. For any program (e.g. Beersmith) recommendations, please email them directly to Brad Smith at Beersmith.
For more information about Beersmith or to see FAQs, consult the Beersmith website.