Open a beer and allow yourself 20 minutes for a first look. This will be enough time for you to see that the BIABacus is very fast to learn and there are many exciting features to investigate.
Firstly, open the NRB's All Amarillo APA file. Any full-volume BIAB Brewer can immediately scale the recipe by changing the numbers in Section B. Start with that and then take your time, exploring other sections. If something looks confusing, leave it and move on to another section.
Find a comfortable zoom level for the first sheet of the BIABacus. Having everything on one page has many advantages but is initially daunting. Finding the right zoom level will help you see the inter-relationships between the sections. This is a major educational feature of the BIABacus for new users and a major convenience feature for advanced users.
Your first impressions help the developers to do the best job they possibly can. Please take the time to post your first impressions here.
Before doing so, please read this entire post fully.
When the BIABacus is officially released, all the small '?'s on the sheet will take you to a relevant BIABrewer.info help post or thread. This is a large task and is taking a lot of time to do well. While you are waiting, BIABrewer.info has excellent members here who will help you with your questions. So as these people can find and focus on your questions, please use the following thread for now to ask BIABacus questions and post BIABacus files...
Use this thread to convert recipes to suit your equipment: A good way to use that thread is to do the best you can with the BIABacus and then include your file in your post, if possible.
We also have the BIABacus Pre-Release - Temporary Help thread. The current posts in that thread apply to PR 1.1 but many of the principles there are general and may answer your questions. We will give this thread priority over the next few weeks.
The two main posts to read there atm are...
Understanding the Limitations and Benefits of the BIABAcus
Questions to Ask Yourself when first Opening the BIABacus
I'll start this thread, a few posts below, with some of the answers we received from the last BIABacus betas.