Introduction and how to use the Recipe Designer

The recipe designer is the heart of your brewing creativity. This is where you design your recipes or modify recipes you have imported.

The workflow has been carefully designed to take you step by step through creating your personalised brew. Starting by naming your recipe and choosing the style and your brewing equipment through choosing your ingredients, brewing and fermentation profiles.

As you change details and ingredients, your batch details, such as color, predicted gravities and ABV, change in real-time, allowing you to fine-tune each recipe to your target values.

Recipe Details

You input your recipe details in this section and choose the brew type.

  • Click on the text area under name and author to enter your details.

  • Click on the Type drop-down to choose the type of recipe (All Grain, Partial Mash or Extract)

Next comes setting your equipment profile. This affects the predicted values based on batch size, efficiency and other factors from your equipment profile.

  • Click the 'Change Equipment Profile' button to change your brewing equipment. Changing the equipment profile may ask you if you want to scale the recipe to match the new equipment profile.

The Style section provides the recipe designer with the guideline ranges to provide meaning values for the sliders. The shaded areas represent the range of the values provided by the style. The style can be picked from multiple supported style guidelines, including BJCP, etc.


The main body of the designer screen is devoted to your ingredient entry areas.


This is the area where you choose your fermentables. This can include items you have already added to your inventory or a wide range of ingredients in the software. It includes a calculated Pre-Boil, Original Gravity and a Colour value at the bottom which updates in real time as you adjust your grain bill.

    • Type in the search bar at the top to find a named brand of malt or a generic type of malt from your inventory or the built-in database of fermentables.

    • If the fermentable you want is not in the database or your inventory you can enter it directly from this dialog box and provide the relevant information about it. Find more information about adding custom fermentables here.


Much like the fermentables this allows you to enter hops from your inventory or from a range of hops already included in the software. This includes a Total IBU, BU/GU (Bitterness Units/Gravity Units) ratio and a RBR value (Relative Bitterness Ratio) which updates in realtime with each change you make.



Mash Profile

Fermentation Profile

Here you can choose your fermentation profile from a list of preset fermentation profiles included or from a custom profile you have created yourself.

  • Click the 'Edit Profile' button to edit the current profile directly


  • Delete - This deletes the current recipe

  • Duplicate - This creates another copy of the recipe

  • Export - Provides you with the option to export the recipe in

    • PDF

    • BeerXML

    • Brewfather recipe JSON

  • Share - Provides a URL you can share with people to enable them to see your recipe

  • Close - Closes the recipe and takes you back to the previous screen, generally the recipes section screen..,

  • Brew - Takes you on to the Batch Planning section which gives you step-by-step instructions for your brew day and timers for each section of the process

Profiles in existing recipes

When you change a profile (equipment, mash, fermentation, water) from the profiles page, you have to reselect it in your recipe after you change it. This is because a profile in the recipe is not updated automatically to avoid breaking recipes unintentionally, it will stay at the same value as the profile had when the recipe was created. this goes for all profile types. New recipes will have the updated profile that you starred as default.

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