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  • Started with a Mr. Beer kit. After the second brew, I made a change to the third kit. After that, I designed my own recipes. Did three partial mashes, then graduated to all-grain BIAB. I do 2.5 to 3 gallon batches because I enjoy brewing more often and really don't drink more than one beer a day. I enjoy the variety available and being able to pair up the night's drink with the meal.
  • In the middle of my brewing season... Keeping the fermenting chamber full!
  • Dell-Phinium APA, English Pale Ale, Honeydukes ESB
  • Vienna Lager, Helles, Martzen, Traditional Bock, Doppelbock
  • Margarita Visions APA, Kiwi Mango iFruity Wit, Twist of Honey Brown, Scottish Heavy, Pretty Little Ditty Scotch Ale, Parker House Robust Porter, Lotus 1--3 Amber Ale, Spring Zephyr IPA, Vanilla Bourbon Porter, Dark Serenade Irish Red, Oatmeal Stout
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  • Posted in thread: Beersmith calculator on 08-27-2016 at 12:07 AM
    If you have a negative sparge volume it means that you are adding too much water in your
    initial infusion. Edit the mash step for the infusion and lower the water to grain ratio. You
    can go as low as ...

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith inventory feature - is it useful? on 08-24-2016 at 11:31 AM
    The inventory feature has gotten better with this latest version. My problem with keeping the
    inventory up to date was always -- ME. I would forget to click on the 'remove from inventory'
    or remove a ...

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith just released the new version on 08-18-2016 at 05:09 PM
    I add my water adjustment salts in as a misc item labeled as 'water agent'. They show up as
    additives at the very top of the brew day sheet and are listed as a part of the recipe for
    future reference.

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith just released the new version on 08-15-2016 at 11:47 AM
    The new versions brew sheet prints out over three pages. That needs to be addressed and scaled
    down to one sheet. It's my biggest peeve about BS that has never been fixed. A new template
    would be nice...

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith just released the new version on 08-14-2016 at 07:22 PM
    FWIW, I took a couple of my archived brews from last winter and looked them out with the new
    water profile. BeerSmith's predicted pH was much closer to my actual readings than the print
    out from BrunW...

  • Posted in thread: Beersmith just released the new version on 08-14-2016 at 01:40 PM
    Here's another interesting tidbit I stumbled on to. My recipes for Irish red look different
    color-wise between BJCP '08 & '15 guidelines? '15 is a bit lighter?You are correct. 2008
    guidelines have a c...

  • Posted in thread: Terrible Efficiency on 08-04-2016 at 05:19 PM
    You are correct that looking at the spent grains at this point may not give you much, unless
    you find a good number of intact grains which still have some 'tooth' to them when bit or
    pinched. I would ...

  • Posted in thread: Terrible Efficiency on 08-04-2016 at 10:43 AM
    First thing to check is the crush of your grain. Take a small handful of the grain into a cake
    pan and spread it around so you can see the kernels well. They should be fractured with some
    dust and par...

  • Posted in thread: What temp are the volumes in BeerSmith calibrated to? on 07-29-2016 at 10:47 PM
    Pre-boil volume is HOTPost boil volume is HOTVolume to fermentor is ROOM TEMPVolume of loss to
    trub and chiller is at ROOM TEMPIf you follow the numbers and balance them out, this is the
    only way it c...

  • Posted in thread: Longshot Competition on 07-27-2016 at 11:56 AM
    Last year they did the judging a little earlier in August. Expect the feedback to be somewhat
    delayed and you won't be disappointed.BTW, expect harder than typical judging. Brews that I
    consistently r...