Thanks guys for the suggestions, I'll review my notes and try to see what happened. I used Beersmith too, and the run-off sample I cooled down to 95F. I read 1.044 on the hydro and adjusted to 1.049 using Beersmith. I guess I had to have messed up somewhere in measuring the sample gravity, it's the only thing I can think of.
Originally Posted by Reelale
Sounds to me like the only variable not accounted for is the actual extract from the DME did not equal the potential extract values. Your numbers all add up.
See that's the conclusion I keep coming to is I was somehow inefficient in my use of the DME. But, I had one prepackaged 3lbs bag and 1 prepackaged 1lb bag to make up the 4lbs so I could not have messed up in weighing it out. Doh idk.
I'm not worried about the quality of the beer, in fact it looks and smells awesome. My concern is more that I designed my recipe based on 67.5% efficiency which I thought I came relatively close to after measuring the run-off gravity, but with the measured OG I got my efficiency according to Beersmith is only 48.5%. Not only is that low but I want to be able to estimate the proper efficiency for my system and I don't feel comfortable using 48.5% for my next recipe even though that is what the numbers point to. I just want to figure out what went wrong so I can be more careful next time you know?....Thanks again