The Home menu displays the current brew, to which you can return with pressing the batch’s name.
The recipes menu includes every information regarding your options with recipes.
The main body is consisted of all previously uploaded and created recipes. You can read more about Recipes in 4.2 of the User Manual.
The Recipes menu also includes the Recipe Creator, in which you can create and save the recipes you wish to brew.
All programs that are not part of the brewing process can be reached from here – cleaning, draining and unclogging programs as well.
- Short Clean
- Sanitizing Clean
- Full Clean
- Drain After Brew
- Full Drain
You can adjust the basic settings here.
- Wifi: Choose your WiFi network here. Enter the password if required and choose connect.
- Units: Here you can set the units for weight, volume and temperature.
- Time: You can set the time zone here.
- Water settings: You can choose between manual and automatic water inlet.
- Calibration: You can find more information about the Calibration: 3. topic: Setting up Your Brewie
- About: There you find the current software version, your serial number, the name of the product and you can read EULA (End User License Agreement).
4.2.1. Recipe parts
When choosing a recipe from the Recipes menu, you can check all steps of the chosen recipe by pressing the “✓ Brewing” button.
If you’ve pressed the button, you will enter a submenu that consists of four parts, all of which include part of the current recipe.
Mash in and sparging water
The first panel includes the temperature of the mashing water before it starts mashing. You can also add the volume of the mashing water here, with which all steps of mashing (regardless of any vaporization) will be concluded.
You’ll be able to set up the sparging parameters (if you wish to use this option). Sparging will need to be set by duration and temperature.
To efficiently wash out all components from the malt, many steps (or “rests”) can be used with Brewie – on different temperatures. In this panel, you can adjust the duration and temperature of the different mashing steps, washing out the starch and sugar from the malt.
The wort’s flavour is highly characterized by the proper use of hops during brewing. To use the aroma and bitter hops as efficiently as possible, Brewie’s four hop cages can be separately adjusted to how long and on what temperature the hops should be washed through to the wort on boiling temperature.
Also, delayed hopping is optional before starting the hopping process – in this way, if a recipe needs it, the wort can be boiled for an added duration before the first hop is added to it.
Lastly, the goal temperature for the wort is also adjustable. Different beers demand different end temperatures (for extra hopping, etc.) which can be reached by adding the temperature here. The lowest temperature to where Brewie cools down the wort is original temperature of the added water +5°C. If no cooling value has been set, the machine will cool to the lowest degree depending on the inlet water temperature.
4.2.2. Creating a Recipe
To create your own recipe in Brewie, you have the follow these steps:
Create new recipe
First, you need to add the name for the recipe.
Mash in and sparging water
As the premier settings, you can add the amount of mash in and sparging water. In this section, you can set the temperature to which the machine will firstly heat up the water. This will be the starting temperature of the water which will NOT be cooled, so never set a higher temperature than your first mashing step!
To sparge, you can not only add the temperature and amount of the sparging water, but also the time as long you wish the machine to sparge.
The software calculates water volumes for you based on the set weight of the grain to avoid overflowing.
Different beers need different mashing steps on different temperatures. Fortunately, on the second stage of recipe-making you are able to set as many mashing steps as you wish – their temperature and duration (in minutes) will be saved. Important: Don’t set a starting step with lower temperature than the mash in water’s, since the Brewie will not cool down the water before initiating mashing!
Brewie includes 4 hopping cages, which can let you set up to four different hopping steps in any of your recipes. Hopping with more than 4 stages is yet in progress, but all 4 cages can be set for an amount of time.
For example if hopping is set at 60-40-20-5 minutes, the screen will display 60 minutes, as the whole time of hopping, add the second hop cage after 20 minutes, the third after 40 minutes and the last cage after 55 minutes of the process.
In this phase, you can select Delayed hopping, and add extra time of boiling before the hopping phase commences.
An adjustable cooling temperature is optional to add. You can cool your wort to any temperature – but when this given temperature is reached, cooling stops and the brewing process ends.
Remember, that this cooling temperature can not be lower than the temperature of the initially added water +5°C. If no cooling value has been set, the machine will cool to the lowest degree depending on the inlet water temperature.
4.2.3. Modifying Recipes
You can modify any of your own recipes, any time you wish to.
To modify a recipe, choose it from the Recipes menu, press “Brewing”. Here, you can choose whichever part you with to modify, whether it’s part of:
- Mash-in and sparging
- Mashing steps
Press “Modify” in any of the abovementioned sub-pages to modify information on it.
After you’ve modified the recipe, press ✓ or X to cancel.
4.3.1. Brewing Preparation
Before you start brewing, make sure that everything is in place. First of all, check that all hoses are connected safely to the machine – especially the high-pressure hose to the water inlet!
- If the hoses are connected, and your Brewie+ is calibrated appropriately, you can start preparing for brewing. (Of course, in case of manual water inlet, you don’t need to calibrate or attach the hose to the water inlet)
- Put the false bottom into the mashing (right) tank, with standing still on its legs. Make sure that the malt is in a Brewie Bag and it is not damaged – thus no malt will fall out into the machine, clogging the tubes and tanks.
- Place the malt bag onto the false bottom, with all four corners of the bag adjusted to the tank’s corners.
- Put the hop cages with hops in them (and only in them) into the appropriate hop tanks.
If all ingredients are placed, you can start brewing by pressing the “Start Brewing” button at the bottom of a recipe’s page.
After pressing the “Start Brewing” button, a preliminary checklist pops up – here you can doublecheck if you want automatic or manual water inlet and if everything is in place. If you press ‘Done’ for all these windows, brewing will start.
(fyi: the third picture shows the notification that pops up in case of manual water inlet!)