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Old 08-09-2013, 05:33 AM   #1
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I have used this (http://classist.net/biab-calculator/) calculator with very good success for the past few years. It now links me to a craft beer magazine page.

Does anyone have a reliable calculator they could link me.

I use this (http://www.brewheads.com/strike.php) for my strike water temp and it works well. For those interested.

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I use the Google docs version on this page. Dialed in the absorption and it's right on the money every time. Really simple.

http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2012/03...r-4-water.html

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Old 08-09-2013, 11:46 PM   #3
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I made my own spreadsheet. Easy once you get some measurements on a few of your brews. Then it's yours

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Old 08-11-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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I made my own spreadsheet. Easy once you get some measurements on a few of your brews. Then it's yours
This ^^^^^^ +10
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I made my own spreadsheet. Easy once you get some measurements on a few of your brews. Then it's yours
I did the same thing. I now have something more empirical, and it's based on my own equipment, procedures, etc.

There's really no accurate way to predict things like grain absorption, boil-off, etc. So many variables. The online calculators just get you a rough estimate. It's helpful for you to keep track of the numbers based on your own experiences and dial it in after a few batches.
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It's helpful for you to keep track of the numbers based on your own experiences and dial it in after a few batches.
It is also helpful to track your volumes as you brew.

I pains me to read when someone has their head so buried in the software and then comes up 1 1/2 gallons short of batch size.

Monitor your volumes post sparge or bag removal, and during the boil, brew with a destination volume in mind. You can make minor adjustments along the way...sparge a little more, boil a little more / less...it's all about the destination
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It is also helpful to track your volumes as you brew.

I pains me to read when someone has their head so buried in the software and then comes up 1 1/2 gallons short of batch size.

Monitor your volumes post sparge or bag removal, and during the boil, brew with a destination volume in mind. You can make minor adjustments along the way...sparge a little more, boil a little more / less...it's all about the destination
Hmmmm...didn't I just say that? But you are correct, it is important to develop empirical data based on one's own experience, equipment, processes, etc. No s/w program is going to anticipate all the variables involved.
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