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1.06 Launched – Batch Performance

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

This launch places the cap stone on the brew session section –  Batch Performance. The numbers behind a batch of beer are a big deal to pro brewers. Home brewers can benefit from these numbers as well. I tend to obsess over post-brew stats like ABV, attenuation, expected OG vs actual OG, and efficiency. In fact, before this tool existed I would spend a lot of time at my computer calculating and saving these numbers. It becomes quite a chore. Thankfully with this latest release of Brewer’s Friend everything is automatically calculated.

batch performance

By recording the appropriate brew logs, such as ‘Brew Day Complete’,  or ‘Fermentation Complete’, check marks on the batch performance tab turn green and the results are provided. Understanding what these numbers mean and how to control them is key to dialing in repeatable batches!  We hope this is a time saver for all brewers. I know I will enjoy using it and have already inputted many of my recent batches.

Another big improvement in this release is on the recipe editor. Now you can see the grain bill percentages as you enter amounts:

grain percentages


Bug fixes:

  • Extract recipes with steeping grains now support metric units. Thank you to the brewers who noticed this, excellent reporting!
  • Fixed Wyeast Extra Special Bitter 1968 (was mis-numbered, doh).
Thanks to those who wrote in with praise, suggestions, bug reports, and questions, its great to hear from you.

Many folks are asking for recipe search.  1.07 or 1.08 will most likely include that feature.   You can help by adding more of your recipes and marking them public and searchable.   To keep the content high quality, recipes need a rating system with some kind of community moderation. That’s what we will be working on in the near future.  We may do away with the ‘searchable’ flag and just stick with public vs private recipes. What do you think??

  1. 10 Responses to “1.06 Launched – Batch Performance”

  2. Keep up the good work!

    By schammy on Mar 1, 2012

  3. Awesome upgrades dude! I really enjoy what you have been doing with this recipe generator.

    I like your idea of getting rid of the “searchable” flag and just do private or public recipes.

    One feature that would really help me out personally would be on the Brew Steps tab under the brew log is let me actually check off (by clicking) the box. One of my biggest hang-ups has been being consistent. I think allowing me to actually check off the list would help me out in my organizational skills.

    As always, keep up the good work, Sir!

    By Chuck on Mar 1, 2012

  4. Hey Awesome App!

    Just a suggestion…Maybe have up/down arrows on the fermentables list so that they can be sorted. Or maybe have an option to sort by descending/ascending percentages. Something like that would be appreciated, I think.

    By Ron on Mar 1, 2012

  5. This is really nicely done! Thanks for the cool software!

    By Ben on Mar 2, 2012

  6. Nice update.

    I like the “public/private” option more than “searchable”.

    One feature I would like is for the My Recipes list to be sortable by clicking on the column headers.

    I think the hops section needs up/down arrows or be re-sorted by time when the recipe is saved.

    By Bill on Mar 3, 2012

  7. I noticed that the recipe builder doesn’t have an option for late additions for extract brewers. I love what you guys have going here but when I have to calculate late additions and how they will affect my IBUs I have to use Hopville’s calculator.

    If you guys can fix that you would really have something special.

    By Adam on Mar 6, 2012

  8. We’ll get right on that! Thanks for letting us know so we can move it up the list to the TOP! Several people have requested that too.

    By Larry on Mar 6, 2012

  9. Just want to express my gratitude for an awesome set of tools that you have made available here. I have just started brewing in the last couple of months and I am already addicted to this website. Even when I already have a recipe, I come here to “build” it and figure out how everything is going to work with my efficiency, etc. The brew log feature has also been invaluable. This site makes the world a better place.

    By Jake H on Mar 11, 2012

  10. Fist of all, thanks for all the effort that you have put into this. This is the first software I have used to calculate my own recipe, and I felt comfortable doing it more so than some of the paid for options!

    I did have one quick thing, I was putting together the recipe and going to the brew day area, it does not look like for my all grain that the water calculator only gave me total water, and did not split out the requirements between the mash and the strike. Not sure if I am just missing it or not, but thought I would at least mention it.

    By LifeIsStout on Mar 17, 2012

  11. The system does not currently handle computing strike water. We will add options for brew method and mash thickness in the near future which will allow for all the details of the mash to be calculated. Those of us who work on Brewer’s Friend are also in need of this feature, so it will get done soon!!! Thanks for the feedback, it is much appreciated!

    By Larry on Mar 18, 2012

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