Updated: Mar 2
Many homebrewers use the program Beersmith to create their recipes for each brew day. Here at Schoolhouse Brewing, we are no different. Beersmith is a fantastic tool for all levels of brewing. The number of tools that the team at Beersmith has created is impressive but can be overwhelming at the same time. Justin and I get the question many times a week about how we calculate water profiles. The answer is Beersmith 3! In this quick tutorial, we are going to teach you the skills needed to take your brewing to the next level!
Step One: Get Your Water Tested
Like any good experiment, you need a control variable. And, in this trial, it is what is already in your water. The easiest way to check your water is to send it off to Wards Laboratories. For about 25 dollars, they will send you everything you need to get your water tested in approximately 1-2 weeks. Click here for a link to Wards Labs and a copy of what our water looks like at Schoolhouse Brewing.
Step Two: Set Up Beersmith 3
At the top of the menu bar, click Insert->Add Water and this box will pop up
Name your Profile
Enter in all info from your Wards test
Note: your city might have some free info but, it is not specific to your location where you brew. Spend the Money! It is worth it.
Step Three: Beersmith Add-ons
At the top, in the submenu, you will see a puzzle piece that says add-on
Click the puzzle piece
Add-ons are a great resource for equipment, ingredients, and the choice of 30 water profiles.
Step four: Adding the Salts
Create a recipe as you always do
Click the water tab
Click Add Water -> Choose the water profile you create
Click Match Water Profile
Choose the profile you want based on your style I like the (Amber, Black, and Yellow) for starting
The salts have now been added to your recipe.
You will also know when to add them
Step 5: Bonus (pH adjustment)
To the right of water is a Mash Tab - click it
At the bottom right you will see the adjusted pH (if it is red you need to add acid)
Click the button - add acid
Choose Lactic Acid (you will need to play around with amounts I suggest starting with 5ml)
Press add, and there you have it in the recipe
If you are using an older version (I would suggest updating) but if not. Here is a video that we made showing you how to use Beersmith 2 for water profiling. If this was helpful, please share it on your websites or social media platforms.