Originally Posted by AnOldUR
I agree. So the question is, when calculating estimated gravity, does Beersmith use the amount you put in the "loss" block as having the potential to increase gravity. It appears as if it does not because the gravity doesnt change when you change the loss value. That means that any loss that does have potential will not be accounted for in the gravity estimate. To compensate for this youd have to increase the batch size to account for this loss even though you wont get that much wort.
I'm not sure what you're saying. The "Lost to Trub and Chiller" field will not affect your gravity estimate (and it shouldn't).
If you check the "Calculate Boil Volume Automatically" box, any adjustments you make to "Lost to Trub and Chiller" will increase or decrease your "Boil Volume", which makes perfect sense.
If your gravity readings don't coincide with what BeerSmith predicts, adjust the "Evaporation Rate" field. You also need to adjust the "Lauter Tun Deadspace" field to make sure the predicted "Pre-boil Gravity" matches reality.
Taking careful measurements of your volumes and gravity readings (pre-boil and post-boil), you should be able to get BeerSmith to match (and predict) what you're getting from your process.