It's been a while since my last post, I'm more of a reader than a poster, but this weekend something happened that I thought I would pass on and hopefully save someone else some headaches.
I bought a new fermenter (plastic bucket type) and it had the gallons marked on the side. After brewing up a Pils and pouring it into the new fermenter I noticed how far off the marks where.
Here's the headache part I used a plastic koolaid pitcher to fill all my old equipment and mark the fill lines. It wouldn't be so bad but it looks to be about 1/2 gallon off at the 5 gallon mark. That probable explains why I was always tweaking my software to get the numbers to match and why I only get about 38 beers per batch.
I used a measuring cup to check the koolaid pitcher and it was off so I used the wife's other measuring cup to check it and I got another all together different result. (Everything is off.)
So after a little Google searching I discovered that a gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
Where I work at we have to have ISO certified scales for weighing, so I'm going to bring home one of their 5 pound weights today to check my scales and then mark my koolaid pitcher after weighing out 8.34 pounds of water.
You would of thought I would of learned my lesson after earlier in the year I discovered my Wally World thermometer was off by 7 degrees.
I just might become a brewmaster yet.
So is there anything else I should be checking?