Thanks, Denny. Do you download from the site or does it update from within the software?
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The new version has some awesome new features (specifying grist percentages, tabbed recipe browsing), but has some paradigm shifts as well.Can you directly set the evaporation rate, or do you have to extrapolate from the starting volume/ending volume measurements?
You have to enter a volume. The old version had an editable percentage (i.e. 9% boil off/hour) and the new version has an editable volume instead. I wish you could still edit the percentage.
Another change is in mash thickness ratios. You can only edit the amount of the infusion (8 qts) instead of being able to specify a ratio, such as 1.5qts/lb like in the old version. Something to get used to for sure.
Since this dead horse as not been beaten enough, I'll add my two cents.
I live in a small town. There are several homebrewers here, but none of them are interested in a club. Sometimes, it's like we don't even want to say hello when we see each other in the grocery store, much less get together and brew! There is a small club in a town about 25 miles south of here. Then there are clubs in San Antonio and Austin, about an hour and a half from me. I don't feel comfortable that far, having a few beers, then driving home. I am an honorary (i.e., non-dues paying) member of a club in Midland/Odessa, four hours away. But that's because I run their website. While I wore the colors on club night, I entered my beers under the BN, because that's where I get most of my information.
This whole argument seems to boil down to meetings. I would agree that an annual party is not a meeting. But I have entered a BN forum competition, did a judging on Skype, and we passed along the results to the greater community. There were several of these judging sessions. I would say that they qualify as meetings.
Did a hochkurtz double decoction.
Scored 44 in recent comp.