Software Differences

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Software Differences

Unread postby Crusty » Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:23 am

Hi guys. I've asked this over @AHB forums but should of probably asked here first.

Entering the same recipe into three different software programmes, BrewMate, BeerSmith 2 & Beer Tools Pro gets some pretty conflicting figures & each has it's own calculations based on my inputs of boil off, liquor to grain ratios, recipe & strike water volume.

BeerSmith & BrewMate calculate the desired strike volume & sparge where BTP does not. I am finding BTP to be the better of all the programmes & I'm using it from now on. Because of no guide line as to what volume to add for mash in nor sparge volume, I opted for a strike volume of 52lt & using a sparge volume of 1lt/kg grain, I will be sparging with 10.3lt of water for a 10.3kg grain bill. The recipe I'm doing is for 40lt into the fermenter @75% Brewhouse efficiency & an evaporation loss of 6l/hr ( tested )

Anyone out there using the 50lt BM care to share your strike in volume & sparge volume & litres into the fermenter.

My last brew using BeerSmith yielded an extra 6lt of wort @correct gravity & ended up being 75% not 70% as it was set in BeerSmith.

That recipe told me to strike in with 55lt of water & sparge with 11.9lt of water so the volumes were too high for the batch size but I hit my gravity which was a bit odd.
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Re: Software Differences

Unread postby niels » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:43 am

Hi Crusty,

I'm still dialing in my numbers (only 6 batches so far), so I can't give you hard figures.

Normally I use the target volume as the strike water (so 23~25l with the short malt pipe and 45~50l with the normal malt pipe) and about 0.7l/kg of grains for sparging. I use the 0.7l because a few experienced users (e.g. Dan and Batz IIRC) agreed on this number somewhere on this forum.

For boil off I use about 5l/90min. This is a number I never verified, but I also came across on the forum.

Extract efficiency is in the 75%~78% range when calculating my recipes but I mostly overshoot my SG with 1~2 points.

I hope this helps a bit.

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Re: Software Differences

Unread postby Crusty » Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:52 am

Thanks niels.
I tested my boil for an hour & got 6lt on the day so I set that up for my boil off.
I'm puzzled that I got the extra 6lt of wort @ expected gravity. I was certain my gravity would of been down due to the extra volume but my efficiency was much better than the 70% I had entered into BeerSmith. My actual efficiency was 75% so I'm working with that figure from now on. I think I'll just cut my initial strike volume of 55lt back to 52lt & see if that gets me closer to expected volume. The beer that yielded the extra volume was a Cream Ale, 4.5%. It's been kegged for 11 days & it's a fantastic beer. I normally don't like to drink them before the full two weeks in the keg but this beer is so easy to drink. A light malt character, low on the hops & bitterness & a bit too easy to drink. This beer will be on tap at all times. Four Andale Floryte taps at my house but I never seem to get them all operating at the same time.
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Re: Software Differences

Unread postby Cervantes » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:32 am

Crusty wrote: My actual efficiency was 75% Cheers


I work on 75% in Beersmith and generally overshoot by a couple of points.
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