The Double IPA update
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The Double IPA update

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The following article will take you through a step-by-step guide on the new features of the Double IPA (2.1) update.

Following the feedback of minor and major bugs of the Chocolate Stout update, we have revisited the issues and released version 2.1 (the Double IPA) to steer clear of these shoals.

The Double IPA now consists all new features of the Chocolate Stout, without the annoying bugs:

The Chocolate Stout (2.0) update is in the final testing phase and now the main features and changes are in the finish line. To help all Brewie owners prepare for the new functions, we are releasing a step by step guide, which states all the expected new windows, pop-up messages, etc.
Have fun and read it carefully!

Recipe creator

First of all, we have finalized and debugged the recipe creator menu. You will be - at last! - able to rename and delete a recipe to avoid filling in the Recipe menu with mistyped and/or unused recipes.
To make sure that all recipes are overflow-proof, we installed a new condition-system while creating/editing a recipe, which will raise the attention of the user for volume-problems, based on the given malt and water ratios.
The recipe creator will have absolute and relative limits.
The former, “absolute” limits will immediately trigger a pop-up message to change a data in the recipe. These include the minimum and maximum volume of mashing water (5 and 20 liters) or the maximum amount of fermentables (8 kg).
The “relative” limits will be triggered once a given volume or weight might cause overflow, depending on previously added values. For example, after adding 15 liters of mashing water, users will not be able to add an unlimited amount of sparging water (18 liters as an example), since it might cross safety measures. To know more about our recommended water volumes and fermentable weights, check the following table:


The same in gallons:


The pop-ups will not be able to prevent users from saving the recipes, but will again appear, once the user pressed “Brew” in an affected recipe. This time the machine will not start the brewing until the questionable volumes/weight are adjusted.


The following pop-ups might appear during creating/editing a recipe:

  • Information of fermentables missing. Please add the weight of the fermentables.
  • No water volumes added. Please add the volume of mashing water and optionally the volume of sparging water.
  • The volume of the mashing water is too high. Please decrease either the water volume or the weight of the fermentables.
  • The volume of the mashing water is too low. Please increase either the water volume or the weight of the fermentables.
  • The volume of the sparging water is too high. Please decrease either the volume of mashing water, the weight of the malt or the volume of sparging water.
  • The volume of the sparging water is too low. Please increase either the volume of mashing water, the weight of the malt or the volume of sparging water.
  • Information of mashing water missing. Please, add the volume of mashing water.
  • Water information missing. Please fill out the water information on temperature and/or timing.
  • No mashing information added. Please add at least one mashing step.
  • No hopping information added. Check if you wish to leave out the hopping steps.


Recipe calculator
With the renewed recipe creator we’ve been able to realize a feature we long intended to add to Brewie.
In case you save a recipe, an automatic function will make an estimate for the different characteristics and specifications of your finished beer.
For the proper use of this function, all recipes will need the weight of water and malt you’re using and the types of the different malts and hops in the recipe.
Keep in mind that the data Brewie gives is an estimate - many exterior variables can (and probably will) change it.
Brewie will give an estimate in the followings:

  • Yield
  • Post-cooling volume
  • AVG
  • FG
  • OG
  • IBU
  • SRM


The data will be available after pressing a recipe and the Details menu in the given recipe.

The picture above shows you two parts of the calculator: the upper half shows on what scale different values should move at a chosen beer type, while the lower half shows the estimated values of the current recipe. As seen above, our test brew's random data is way out of the scale of the chosen beer type.

Draining

We have received many messages regarding a new way of draining – in which users can choose their own way of draining after finishing a brew.
To satisfy these requests, we refreshed the draining methods in the following areas:
All cleaning programs now include a draining option at the end. After the cleaning phase, the machine will remind the user to prepare the draining vessel and to connect the draining hose. Once you pressed „OK”, draining starts automatically *without pressing the Drain button*. The button will be only needed if you wish to pause (and continue) the drain.
The Full Drain and Drain After Brew programs (either chosen from the menu or after brew) have been completely redesigned. Once pressing either of these programs , a new window will pop-up which will picture all three types of tanks (boiling, hopping #1-4, mashing).


The tanks can be activated/deactivated by pressing either of them. The tanks coloured orange are active and will be drained, the gray ones will not be drained and are inactive.
There are two standard drain types – Drain All and Leave Sediment.
Drain All will activate all three tanks and will pump the water out from all the tanks through the hole at the bottom of the boiling tank.
Leave Sediment will use gravitational force and drain the liquid through the hole on the side of the tank – leaving all sediment and about 2 liters of wort with it. This option only drains the boiling and hopping tanks.
Of course, draining can be customized by pressing the tanks’ pictogram that you wish to drain.
After the Start Draining button appears all remaining phases stay the same as in 1.9.

Unclogging
Years from now, people will talk about the Unclogging program in only two ways – the one before 2.0 and the post-Chocolate Stout Unclogging program.
We have made significant changes towards a user friendly and goal-oriented program. From now on the Unclogging is a more linear, semi-automatic program with explanations and instructions for the user and for safety measures.

To make the process more easily understandable, we made a difficult-looking flow chart of the whole process:


The whole process of the renewed unclogging program is available at http://brewie.org/knowledge-center/news/unclogging-2-0

Buffing up the Full Clean
From now on, adjusting to the other cleaning programs, Full Clean will also have an option to use with manual water inlet. You only have to tick the checkbox empty, when it asks for automatic water inlet and you can start.
The program will guide you through adding water, cleaning tablets, cleaning instructions and preparation for draining with different windows - it is not recommended to leave the Brewie alone for cleaning, since any stuck on the sides of the tanks should sometimes be wiped down manually.

In other news: we received reports of a “Start Draining” window while the program is still in the middle - this bug has been eliminated and should not appear again.

Safety of measuring water inlet

A recurring reason for unsuccessful calibrations and overflows has been a bit of meddling with the machine during the water inlet phase, which easily misadjusted the weight sensors. To prevent these happening again and to let users know what had happened (i.e. when a pet was the perp), the a window will appear with the message of stopping the current process.
During calibration, the whole process is stopped and unsuccessful, asking for restart of the process.
If the same happens during brewing, the Brewie will not stop the process automatically, since there might be wort to salvage in the machine. However, it will give the option of continuing the batch at your own risk since with the possible misalignments Brewie can not guarantee the absence of overflow.


Bug fixes

  1. The dreaded 99% freeze bug is overwritten
  2. Drain windows will not appear during cleaning
  3. Countdown windows will display correct or comprehensible information
  4. Process bar is under maintenance and is temporarily removed
  5. We have been informed of the display going black with only the clock visible at the end of a brew - this has been eliminated
  6. WiFi connectivity has been upgraded - it will be much faster and passwords will work smoother
  7. Time is saved once the Brewie is connected to the internet - no more need to readjust it manually
  8. Improvement in software performance
  9. And other bug fixes

cheers!
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New Features

  • Reach 100%!
  • No drain windows during cleaning
  • Improved connectivity

Bug fixes

  • Reach 100%!
  • No drain windows during cleaning
  • Improved connectivity