Pico C/S/Pro Brewing Profile

Normally the brewing profiles are part of a recipe however you can also create a standalone brewing profile. To create a brewing profile for the Pico C/S/Pro click on the Brewing Profiles tab.

Next click on the New Pico C/S/Pro Profile button.

The Pico C/S/Pro brewing profile will look like the screen below. This is divided into different sections and will be explained in detail below.

The top left section is the Recipe Information. You will enter in the Recipe Name, ABV and IBU into this area. The Recipe name will be the option you will choose on your Pico under the Brew PicoPak menu option as well as will be displayed on the Pico’s screen during the brewing session. This will also be used in the My Brewing Log after you have brewed. The ABV and IBU will also be displayed on the Pico during the brewing session as well as be shown in the My Brewing Log. The ABV and IBU information you enter does is for display purposes only and does not actually control your Pico to produce those amounts.

Below the Recipe Information is the area you select the type of mash profile you want to use for this beer. You can select a mash profile that is based off of the beer style you are brewing or select from the different infusions styles (Single, Single with Mash Out, Three Step or Four Step).

The easiest is to choose from the beer style pull down option

The top right section shows and allows you to enter or change the times and temperatures for each of the mash steps. The mash temperatures and times changes the amount of ferment-able sugars that are extracted from the grains resulting in either a lighter body, higher alcohol by volume beer or one that is sweeter with more body. A very basic indication of this will be shown below the mash times and temperatures.

In the center of the screen is where you enter in the hops profile.

First select the number of hop additions for this beer. For this example we will choose 02 for two hop additions.

The hop profile section will now give you two hop additions for you to enter in the amount of time and the temperature for each of them. For this example we have a hop that needs 60 minutes and another for 15 minutes as shown below. The temperature will automatically be filled in for you based on your altitude however I have found that 203F is a temperature that has performed well for me. You have two options as to how the first hop will be handled either First Wort Hopping or Heat To Boil Before First Hop Addition. The difference is with First Wort Hopping the wort is heated from the last mash temperature while sending that wort to the first hop section whereas the Heat To Boil Before Hop Addition will heat the wort to the hop addition temperature separated from the grains and hops and once the hop temperature has been reached then it will start sending the wort to the first hop addition. When entering in hop times you enter in the full amount of time that you want that hop to have and SBC will calculate how much of that time is direct and how much is from cascading from other hop additions.

SBC also allows you some advanced options, when selecting this you will receive a warning that also contains a little information as seen below.

When choosing the advanced options you will have control over the amount of time in minutes the Pico will drain for each hop addition, the location of each hop addition and a Pre-Hop Boil option. The drain option can be used if you find your Pico is draining slower than normal although this can also be a sign that you have a clog that is starting in the Pico. The location comes in handy for recipes that contain a large amount of hops. For example let’s say our 1st hop addition contains more hops then will fit into the hop section of your hops container. You could split those into two sections (the two right sections) of the container and then change the location of the 1st hop to Hop 2 and then the 2nd hop location to Hop 3. Because of the way the Pico hop container cascades this would send the wort to the second section of the hop container for the 1st hop which would then cascade over the first section giving both sections the 60 minutes.

When selecting the Pre-Hop Boil option you will be provided with a informational window as seen below.

The Pre-Hop boil allows you to add boil time to the wort before starting the hops. For example let’s say you only have 60 minutes worth of hop additions however you want to boil the wort for a total of 70 minutes. You can add a Pre-Hop boil time of 15 minutes to achieve this.

The center right section shows the times and locations of the hop additions. In the example below the Hop 1 will receive a total time of 60 minutes with 45 minutes of this being direct time and 15 minutes of it from the Hop 2 cascading over to the Hop 1 section. The Hop 2 will receive 15 minutes of direct time.

The bottom right section applies to the Pico S and Pro. The C does not show this image. During the brewing session your Pico S or Pro can display an image. Select from one of the images on the left (you can also scroll to show additional images using the slider below the images). The image you have selected is shown to the right.

At the bottom left you have an option to Review Brewing Profile. By clicking on this button you will be able to see all of the details about your brewing profile as shown below.

Once you are satisfied with your brewing profile click the Save Brewing Profile To OnDeck button. The brewing profile will now be available to brew on your Pico.