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Old 02-11-2013, 11:00 PM   #1
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So when I put the recipe into iBrewmaster it calculated my OG, but it was like 10 points shy of what the recipe said with the same grain bill, efficiency, and everything else. I nailed my numbers, and came in at 1.080. iBrewmaster predicted 1.079 with 72% eff, so I was happy as hell I did a great job. I am just a little bothered as to why the recipe said the starting gravity was a lot higher than I got with same efficiency.

Is this an error on my part or iBrewmaster, or was the recipe maybe fudged?

Here is the link to recipe
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f68/swee...-stout-334736/


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Old 02-11-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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That recipe says the estimated mash efficiency is 87.6%. Your screen shot says you only got 72% efficiency. I would bet that's where the discrepancy is.



 
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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Ohhhh, I was going by brewhouse. I changed it to the estimated mash eff, and it shot right up. Damn it! lol

Hope it still comes out good. I think it may come out too bitter now.

 
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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I doubt it'll be too bitter. That looks like a really good recipe. I think you'll be very pleased.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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With a pound of lactose and that chocolate... if it is too bitter... something else is wrong haha.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:30 AM   #6
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what kind of chocolate did you use?

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:47 PM   #7
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If its anything at all like beersmith, it calculates your mash efficiency based solely on your pre boil gravity and volume. Your total efficiency is calculated by actual volume & gravity into fermenter. For a while I was forgetting to put accurate pre boil gravs and volumes into beersmith and always was pissed that my efficiency sucked. In reality my efficiency was rather good I just wasn't entering all the data.

It's possible I'm wrong.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:15 AM   #8
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what kind of chocolate did you use?
I used toll house unsweetened 100% cacao powder.

 
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #9
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I used toll house unsweetened 100% cacao powder.
Just a suggestion, next time consider using cocoa nibs. I find that actual chocolate leaves a slight slickness on the tongue, while the nibs add a nice smooth chocolate and nutty flavor. Two ounces for a week or two is what most recommend, I think, but I use four ounces for two weeks in my milk stout, and it's wonderful. Actually won second place in a small competition recently.

 
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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Just a suggestion, next time consider using cocoa nibs. I find that actual chocolate leaves a slight slickness on the tongue, while the nibs add a nice smooth chocolate and nutty flavor. Two ounces for a week or two is what most recommend, I think, but I use four ounces for two weeks in my milk stout, and it's wonderful. Actually won second place in a small competition recently.
Really? I used a pound for 2 weeks, for a chocolate cherry stout and it was just right I thought. I don't really think 2oz would impart much flavor. But I could be wrong, the chocolate cherry stout also had 2 vanilla beans to take the edge off of the chocolate harshness, and 4lbs of cherries, so Maybe without everything else going on 4oz would work. But in my opinion you can go bigger with cocoa nibs, and then just age the beer longer to have that flavor meld, mine really is best after 4 to 6 months in bottles.



 
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