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Old 02-15-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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I'm not even sure how to word this question, but is there a standard way to predict how much grain is required for a specific ABV? For example, if I knew I wanted to brew a beer that was 8% ABV but I wanted to play around with the grain profile, how would I know how much total grain to buy? Thanks to anyone who can help. Cheers!

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Old 02-15-2010, 06:42 PM   #2
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That requires a very complicated answer. However, the easiest way is to use a program like beersmith to do all the calculations for you. www.beersmith.com

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Old 02-15-2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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Your brewing career will be much more simple and successful if you invest in a brewing software.

I use BeerSmith.

It will help you adjust gravity, color, IBU's, compensate for your efficiency, etc.

I wouldn't be without it.

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BeerSmith.........

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haha, 3 posts all giving the same answer...I think you know what to do.

In any case. You CAN calculate it all yourself if you were that interested. I know that each grain type can attribute a certain amount of gravity to a brew. You would have to find all these values and you would be able to calculate from there. Beersmith takes out all this guesswork and makes it more fun and simple.

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Beersmith takes out all this guesswork and makes it more fun and simple.
And uses far less napkins.
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I'm using the beersmith trial right now and I love it. However, since I do occasionally mess with recipes at work, I like to use these online calculators too:

http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator

http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe

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I'm using the beersmith trial right now and I love it. However, since I do occasionally mess with recipes at work, I like to use these online calculators too:

http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator

http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe
Beersmith can fit on a thumb drive and will run too.
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