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Brew Feature Launched Version 1.03

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Hello fellow brewers,
Thank you to the many brewers who have written in with comments and suggestions. The positive feedback has been really great to hear. We have just launched the 1.03 installment of the Brewer’s Friend Recipe Builder which we hope you will enjoy using.

Recipe Builder 1.03 supports the following features the community asked for:

  • Other Ingredients section has a units drop down box. Now you can setup a recipe that calls for 1/2 tsp of Irish Moss with 10 minutes left in the boil and 10 quarts of Fresh Blueberries in the secondary. Supports both US and Metric units.
  • Mash section improved and clarified.
  • Less fields on recipe editor are required, making the tool easier to use.
  • Ability to delete recipes under the My Recipes page.
  • Ability to set a custom yeast attenuation value. This allows fine tuning of the expected Final Gravity.
  • Added additional types of DME/LME to the fermentables drop down (Pilsen, Munich).

This release introduces the Brew Session section.   In the style of our brew day checklists the brew session page computes all the steps neccessary to brew a recipe and generates a customized checklist. This is accessible by clicking the ‘Brew’ tab inside a recipe.  Brew sessions are saved in the system under your account and can be accessed using the new ‘My Brewing’ tab above.

In addition to a brewing checklist, the Brew Session feature computes water requirements for the batch given your equipment profile. How much water to use in all grain brewing can take time to dail in, especially for new all grain brewers. You must be signed up and have an accurate equipment profile for this to work. There are default settings but you will no doubt want to adjust them.  US and Metric units are fully supported.

In our next release, the Brew Session feature will include a brew log where you can record gravity readings, tasting notes, schedule when to rack/package, etc.  Eventually we want to allow customizable and sharable brew steps, but that depends on how many brewers would want that functionality.


What fellow brewers are saying about Brewer’s Friend:

“This is the coolest recipe tool I’ve used yet. Thanks! I’ve just taken a 7 gallon recipe which always frustrates me to 5 (and 10) so I can more easily fit my carboys.”– Matthew
“I just found this site a few days ago and wanted to tell you it is by far the best online brewing site I have found. I will be using it exclusively from now on. The templates are awesome and the calculators are top notch. Thanks for all the time and effort making this site. Will be here a long time.”– Stikks
“What a fantastic interface. I’m new to BIAB/All grain (as well as kegging), and your site has all the answers I need without having to trawl through forums. The online recipe builder is brilliant. Thanks a bunch!”– AndyO!
  1. 4 Responses to “Brew Feature Launched Version 1.03”

  2. Getting better and better.

    Feature request: I’d like to save my recipe in its “original” size and then scale it and print without having to save over the original.

    By Matthew on Jan 16, 2012

  3. The recipe copy feature scheduled for next release should take care of this.

    By Larry on Jan 16, 2012

  4. When you click on brew there are 3 options, ag, pm, and extract. Will the next update have biab as an option? Or do you assume to use the ag method and change the steps accordingly? Thanks and I love how the tool is progressing, great tool to have!

    By Jeff on Jan 17, 2012

  5. The steps for BIAB should be pretty similar, if not the same as All Grain. I would try it and then let us know if you think a custom profile is in order just for BIAB. The only part that is different is the mash, and right now the mash steps are fairly generic. We don’t have a person on this side who does BIAB so we need input on that part.

    By Larry on Jan 17, 2012

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