Check out Beer Tools too. I liked the UI a little better. You can also formulate recipes on the website and download them in to the software. Not sure if Beer Smith does that as well, but I like the feature.
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The extreme generosity of the folks at SN is shown by the fact that they'll be shipping each of us 3-4 1/2 bbl. kegs of the beer we brewed. I was hoping to get a 6 pack, but WOW!
I assume you're familiar with http://damnyouautocorrect.com/ ?That's funny!
+1 to table sugar. Unless I am being clever I rarely use anything else. Check out the carb calculator a10t2 mentions. I have not used that one but I can't imagine there is that much difference between calculators. The only tricky thing about adding the sugar to the bottling bucket is making sure it is well mixed.+1. If I remember correctly I used to use 3/4 cup of corn sugar and the method above. For British Ales I would use 1/2 cup.
I measure out the sugar I need 5 oz is fine for most styles although I often use a little less for british styles as I don't like them as carbonated. put it in a pan with enough water to disolve and bring to a boil. pop a lid on there and let it boil for a moment then turn off the heat. Do this an hour or so before bottling so it has time to cool a bit. Add to the bottling bucket first and rack the beer onto the sugar syrup. I have not had a problem with inconsistant carbing this way but some people like to gently stir the beer in the bucket with a sanitized spoon to make sure it is well mixed.
I just returned from Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. It was probably the single best, most fun beer experience I've ever had. We spent the first day touring the plant and learning about how they do things there. The second day we brewed 2 10 bbl. batches of our beer, "Alternate Ending" altbier, in the pilot brewhouse. We used both American and German hops, including a new experimental variety called only #366. I'll be writing more about it in the next few days, but here are some pics to get you started.