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Old 02-12-2013, 12:15 AM   #11
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Beersmith 2.0. The first time we brewed with this software with all of the proper calculations put in, we were right on the button. It calculates absolutely everything you need to do. Just plug in the recipe and you'll have some answers. Well worth the money my friend.

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Old 02-12-2013, 09:12 PM   #12
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Beersmith is the best $29 I spent since getting back into brewing. Makes me feel like I almost know WTF Im It accounts for everything, and I have hit my #s each of the 3 times I have brewed with it, and those are my first 3 all grain batches.

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You have a problem using too much sparge water/not boiling off enough. You may also have an efficiency problem (poor crush, perhaps). Fix the boil-off issue by using 1/2 gallon less water.

Have you calculated your efficiencies? Put everything in a recipe calculator and adjust the volume to what you got, then adjust efficiency until you hit the actual, measured SG. Do this for all your brews, then see if your efficiency is consistent. In the future you can adjust that before you make a recipe, so that you'll hit your numbers.

Also, don't feel bad. Unless you spill extract everywhere, it's impossible to miss your numbers with that method. With AG, there are variables, and it takes time to get things consistent. It took a few batches of milling my own grain to get the gap set and my system down, but after a few, I hit 85% pretty consistently (unless using wheat). For the wheat, I'm going to try milling it a bit finer to see if I can hit that same eff for all my batches. Press on!
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:14 AM   #14
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Get a stick and measure how much wort you need in kettle. I use 13 gal for a 10.5 gal batch less boil off. Not to hard to figure with a stick
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