Greetings to Andrew from the U.S. and wyldstalyans from Melbourne and Geoffers1 from Dorset.
Geoffers1 - I hope to have a trouble-free brew every time, but rarely get there. The variables are huge and the human factor (me) keeps getting in the way. At least the BIABacus helps keep things in line. Get it at http://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1869
always save your file with the .xls extension in the name, even if you use OpenOffice or another means of using it. It can help you scale recipes to fit your kit, and help you make up your own recipes, too. There were recent discussions on the forum about that at https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=4053
. It does take some time to figure out, but it is well worth it.
wyldstalyans - Due to time, space and $$ constraints BIAB is the way to go for many. I use it because it works beautifully for me. What I wrote above applies again, and I'll add that if you ask questions here you will get answers, too.
Andrew - One or two more of other people's recipes might be useful to get accustomed to BIAB. There's always the NRB All Amarillo American Pale Ale recipe from the same page where you get the BIABacus (see above link for you & Geoffers1 & all others). PistolPatch says results depend on the quality of Amarillo hops available. I have made it and must have had good luck with the hops, because I thought the beer was quite good.