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Old 05-06-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Sorry if this has been asked before but I am new to AG and I just bought beer Smith software to help me with it but where in the software I can find my Efficiency according to my grains...I see the efficiency % but is always 75%. I thought it would be better if it gave me the efficiency according to my mash in details. Where in the software can I get the details of efficiency according to my mash?

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Old 05-06-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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I guess I don't completely understand your question. What do you mean by "details of efficiency according to my mash"?

I don't have Beersmith here at work, but if you open up your recipe, there's a button by efficiency (brewhouse maybe?). That's where it will calculate your efficiency based on the original gravity and volume. I think you can also get a gravity reading into the kettle to get the mash efficiency. Note: you must have accurate volume measurements to be able to calculate your efficiency correctly.

The 75% you mentioned is probably the default efficiency setting for new recipes. Once you learn what you typically get with your system, you can change that so you will have more accurate OG estimates based on your efficiency.

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I'm not sure exactly what you are asking, but your brewhouse efficiency is specific to you, not the recipe. In reality, larger beers will lead to lower efficiencies, particularly if you don't sparge and boil more, but I don't believe Beersmith adjusts for this, not do I think it should, as the efficiency is a straight forward calculation once you know the amount of ingredients, final volume plus any lost volume left behind, and the your original gravity.

If you setup beersmith correctly with the right volume, it's simply a matter of comparing your original gravity to the predicted gravity at the efficiency you set (default is 75% as you point out). Just keep changing that number until the predicted OG matches your actual OG and you have your efficiency.

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After I posted the question I realized the same thing you just said...I just need to know what type of Efficiency i get with my equipment before I can understand the software. Thank you so

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The 75% is adjustable and is your Brewhouse Efficiency.

I can;t remember if BS has an efficiency calculator or not but, in the recipes window (where it lists the files) you can add a custom column (right click) to show mash efficiency in that window.

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After I posted the question I realized the same thing you just said...I just need to know what type of Efficiency i get with my equipment before I can understand the software. Thank you so
But the software can calculate your efficiency for you so you'll know. Just keep good notes about gravities and volumes and plug them in when you're done.
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Well, actually there are several ways to do that... first under tools/options click on the brewing tab. Then choose your brewing equipment, I have fix boil based on equipment checked because I have the equipment dialed in to my kettle. These are your defaults for your new recipes... so I set my default batch size at 5.25 and my brewhouse efficiency is 73%. So now when I start a recipe BeerSmith calculates my OG and hops utilization based upon that 73%. So start a new recipe. You need to have the 'Type' of recipe set to All Grain and then in the recipe you will see the Brewhouse Efficiency button and next to it you should see the default is 73%.
So leave the Eff at 73% and add a grain to this new recipe... add 10# of Pale Malt UK. If you look down at the Beer Profile section you will see the Original Gravity is 1.049. This is based on what 2Row UK Pale Malt can give and your brewhouse efficiency. Now instead of 73% put in 80%. Notice the OG went from 1.049 to 1.055, you had 7% better eff. so now it reflects in your OG. Now, I use this method only to tease myself to see if I had better eff. how much less grain I would need to get my 1.049. Because now I can dial back my 2 row UK to 9#, I saved 1# of grain to get my 1.049 with my new eff. of 80%.

The way I use it, and I think most people use it, during the brewing process is I set it up to where I know I can do, in my case 73%. I base my recipe around that 73%. Then after I'm done brewing I take my OG at the volume I told Bsmith I was going for, in my case 5.25 gallons. Then I click on that brewhouse eff button next to the 73%. There I can input my OG and see my actual eff. which I take note of and use next time I brew the same batch. It is usually w/in a point or so of my OG. You can also figure your Eff. into the boiler and into the fermenter. So I use this window to refine my Eff number that I use. Cause the idea is to be able to reproduce your recipes. Overshooting can be exciting but if you design a recipe and want to replicate it you have to ... well replicate it

Ok, third use of Brewhouse Eff. in Beersmith is if you see a recipe on here that you like AG brewers generally post their efficiency with the recipe. So enter the recipe exactly as you see it on here, even the exact boil amount, etc etc. even if your boil and eff. are different... change the eff on your recipe sheet when you enter their recipe to match their eff, change the volume to match theirs. If it is in metric go into Tools/Options and click on the units tab before you enter the recipe and change it to metric. Ok, so after you enter the enter recipe as written here you then click on the scale botton above where it says recipe view. Here you change the brewhoue eff. to what yours is and change the batch size to what yours is. Beersmith will now scale the recipe automatically to your eff and boil size. Now if you changed the units to metric to enter the recipe you can go back into the Tools/Options units tab and change them back to English (US) units and BAM you've just entered a recipe in metric with someone else's brewhouse eff and scaled it to your own equipment. Notice all the grain amounts and hops change and the OG and IBU (this is never exact when you scale but close) will all be changed to suit the new scaled recipe...

Hope this helped!

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