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Old 01-30-2014, 02:14 PM   #1
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I'm about to purchase beer smith mainly because I want to start doing full 5 gallon extract boils. I'm aware that beer smith can recalculate the amount of hops I need. I believe it's in the scaling function but u couldn't get it to work with the free trial. My questions is am I correct about the scaling function and how does it work?


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Old 01-30-2014, 07:06 PM   #2
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You are correct, the software will scale the entire recipe. For example I usually do 5 gallon batches and decided a couple weeks ago I would do a 10 gallon batch. I simply opened the recipe and changed the brew size from 5 gal to 10 gal. All of the ingredients doubled "automatically". I have also done this with a couple 1 gal test batches I did that I wanted to do a 5 gal brew of. Simply change the batch size and it changes all your ingredients accordingly.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:10 PM   #3
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Yes, it does work. You select the recipe, click the scale recipe button, enter the new volume, and voila.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:38 PM   #4
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Actually this is a little different then truly scaling....

In going from a partial boil recipe to a full boil recipe it is not linear, especially the hops due to the higher utilization in a full boil, meaning less hops are used to achieve the same IBU.

By going to a full boil you are not really scaling the recipe as the batch size remains unchanged, the only thing changing is the boil size.






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Old 01-30-2014, 07:47 PM   #5
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Yeah as long as you have your water volumes put into Beersmith it should give you the correct IBU's etc.

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Old 01-31-2014, 01:00 PM   #6
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Thanks guys I appreciate the help!


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