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Old 11-15-2008, 01:08 AM   #1
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I've got 15 lbs of grains and I plan to mash with 4 gallons of water (1.07 quarts/pound), what should the strike temp be when I add the grains if I want to mash at 152F? If my grains are 72F, according to Green Bay Rackers--Mash Calculators I should add the grains to 169F water, but BeerSmith says 166F. What do you guys think I should follow?

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Old 11-15-2008, 01:16 AM   #2
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It's easy to cool down and hard to heat up.
I would strike a little hot untill you get a feel for the system, and just add a bit of cool water after a good 10 min soak and stir.
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My program sayes 166.4! And, I have to say, it has always been dead on. SO, thar ye go! Make sure your MLT is nice and warm though, that is not taking into account having to preheat the MLT. I generally start at strike +10F, then when it hits my striek temp (166.4) I mash in.

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My program sayes 166.4! And, I have to say, it has always been dead on. SO, thar ye go! Make sure your MLT is nice and warm though, that is not taking into account having to preheat the MLT. I generally start at strike +10F, then when it hits my striek temp (166.4) I mash in.
That's what I figured. I'll add my strike water at about 175F and wait till it drops to 166 and add my grains. Thanks.
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No problem BRO! Anytime, even a prima donna can help once in a while!

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I wouldn't go with the Green Bay Rackers Calculator. I used that calculator my first time and, well, I'm using Beersmith next time.

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I only use StrageBrews free software. I am used to it, so I really like it... the temp and volume calculations are always spot on. There is a thread somewhere in the archives here that list all of the most widely used brewing software programs. Search that and you will have a great idea of what is out there!

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I always use GreenBayRackers calculator and it's always dead on. Trick is knowing your grain temp and pre-heating the tun.

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I always use GreenBayRackers calculator and it's always dead on. Trick is knowing your grain temp and pre-heating the tun.
The OP is right though, the GreenBayRackers calculator differs by 3F... with all variables being equal. This is while using several different brewing software packages... odd. I find it hard to believe Promash, StrangeBrew and BeerSmith are all incorrect at 166F.
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I only use StrageBrews free software. !
Do you have a link to this FREE software?
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