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Old 05-01-2013, 01:28 AM   #1
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OK, I dont understand this:

I do my starter numbers in yeastcalc, based on the OG of the beer I am brewing. When I enter this starter into Beersmith, it LOWERS my ABV. Why is this???? Dates are the same, starter size is the same, stir plate is checked, etc.... Do I now need to adjust my OG to meet the ABV number I am shooting for? This is not making sense at all to me. If I do not input my starter, it keeps my recipe where I want it, but as soon as I enter the starter in, it changes things to where I do not want them. Not sure what to change here... Any input would be appreciated.


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OK, I dont understand this:

I do my starter numbers in yeastcalc, based on the OG of the beer I am brewing. When I enter this starter into Beersmith, it LOWERS my ABV. Why is this???? Dates are the same, starter size is the same, stir plate is checked, etc.... Do I now need to adjust my OG to meet the ABV number I am shooting for? This is not making sense at all to me. If I do not input my starter, it keeps my recipe where I want it, but as soon as I enter the starter in, it changes things to where I do not want them. Not sure what to change here... Any input would be appreciated.
I'm not sure what you mean by "entering the starter"- are you adding it to the list of ingredients? Is it maybe "diluting" the beer with the volume of the starter? Otherwise, I have no idea.


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I'm not sure what you mean by "entering the starter"- are you adding it to the list of ingredients? Is it maybe "diluting" the beer with the volume of the starter? Otherwise, I have no idea.

Sorry, I knew this was a confusing question.. When I mean entering the starter, I mean that I am punching in the starter numbers into the starter tab in Beersmith under my recipe.. Right next to the design tab, there is a starter tab. When I put in the starter that Yeastcalc says to use, it drops my ABV.
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Sorry, I knew this was a confusing question.. When I mean entering the starter, I mean that I am punching in the starter numbers into the starter tab in Beersmith under my recipe.. Right next to the design tab, there is a starter tab. When I put in the starter that Yeastcalc says to use, it drops my ABV.
Hmm. I've never used that feature in Beersmith, so I have no idea. I just make my starter, without doing anything in Beersmith (like I do my water- I don't like the water feature in Beersmith at all).

So I tried it just now, as I have a 2L starter going on my next beer. Nothing changed for me. I wonder if it changes if you click "add starter to bottling volume"?
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your supposed to enter the yeast type there not starter numbers
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your supposed to enter the yeast type there not starter numbers

Hmm, not sure I understand this... In my software window, it has a pull down for the type of yeast, but to the left, it allows you to input starter size, check a box if your using a stir plate, etc...

I just entered in ONLY the yeast, with the date, and without entering in using a starter, and it drops my ABV even lower. What am I missing? I am using the mac version, maybe thats the catch?

I guess I will just run this without using this info plugged in. Somethings not jiving here
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Hmm. I've never used that feature in Beersmith, so I have no idea. I just make my starter, without doing anything in Beersmith (like I do my water- I don't like the water feature in Beersmith at all).

So I tried it just now, as I have a 2L starter going on my next beer. Nothing changed for me. I wonder if it changes if you click "add starter to bottling volume"?
Thanks for the reply. I did not click adding "add starter", which I do not want to do, but I will check that and see if it makes any change. I think I am going to just ditch using this in Beersmith, seems like its broken
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when you wrote the recipe did you add the yeast to it in the design section or just the starter section. im assuming that the yeast wasn't in the recipe and adding it to the starter changed abv because it took into consideration the attenuation of the yeast thus adding it to your recipe
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when you wrote the recipe did you add the yeast to it in the design section or just the starter section. im assuming that the yeast wasn't in the recipe and adding it to the starter changed abv because it took into consideration the attenuation of the yeast thus adding it to your recipe
That might be it! I did not add the yeast in the recipe window. I'll do that now and see if it changes anything. Should I even bother with the starter page?
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When u added the yeast, did u put in the packaging date? ie is the viability high or low on it?


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