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by just-cj
Thu May 28, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Temperature for Mash readings and dead space
Replies: 11
Views: 11863

Definitely chill the sample -- you won't get an accurate reading if you try to measure your gravity at 200+, even with a correction factor.
by just-cj
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: First Wort Hopping and BTP software
Replies: 8
Views: 10388

I think my post was misunderstood -- I'm in full agreement with Bill. The default should be set to 20 minutes. However, it should also be adjustable so that brewers who don't agree with the 20 minute assessment can change it. 8)
by just-cj
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: First Wort Hopping and BTP software
Replies: 8
Views: 10388

I did an all-first-wort-hopped beer, and it had very mild bitterness. If I calculated for my usual 80-minute boil, the IBUs were something like 41 -- if I set that to 20 minutes, the calculated value was more like 24 IBUs. It tasted much more like 24 than 41 (maybe even lower than 24) -- so having t...
by just-cj
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Temperature descrepancy in mash schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 16289

I don't know about you guys, but those temps also look all wrong to me. Look at the final temps: After decoction, 161.2F Adding 0.95 gallons brings it up to 169.8F Adding 2.87 gallons (of 157F water! ) brings it UP to 170.8F? I think that's what he's focusing on -- it doesn't make sense that the tem...
by just-cj
Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: FIRST WORT HOPS
Replies: 14
Views: 14359

Bill, the simplest answer is "because that's the way I've always done it and I'm comfortable with it." 8) To expand on that a little, in my system, fly sparging works and works well. I use the sparge time to get other equipment ready, weigh out hops, eat breakfast, check message boards, etc. I have ...
by just-cj
Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:03 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: FIRST WORT HOPS
Replies: 14
Views: 14359

Different sparging -- I fly sparge for 60-75 minutes, so I'm not really delaying anything by holding the temp for 30 min before cranking up the burner. I might add ~5 minutes to my wait time. If I was doing batch sparging, I'd probably do it different. 8)
by just-cj
Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:40 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: FIRST WORT HOPS
Replies: 14
Views: 14359

Whenever I FWH, I make sure that the hops steep in the hot wort for at least 30 minutes (usually longer) before I crank up the boil. When I collect the wort, it's 160-170F, so I just let the hops steep at that temp. Once 30 minutes have passed, then I turn on the burner, and it usually takes another...
by just-cj
Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: FIRST WORT HOPS
Replies: 14
Views: 14359

From what I've read recently, analysis shows that first wort hops add as many (or a bit more) IBUs as your bittering hops, but the taste is much different. Most people agree that the taste is like 20-min hops, so that's what I use for calculating my first wort hops contribution. I haven't done it in...
by just-cj
Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: shopping list
Replies: 7
Views: 7432

And the three Goldings additions are all listed at different alphas, which could cause a problem with inventory deductions.
by just-cj
Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Cannot register v1.5 on a Mac
Replies: 15
Views: 15092

Re: Cannot register v1.5 on a Mac

I downloaded version 1.5 today but cannot register with my registration number (purchased May 14, 2008) . I've been careful to type the names/numbers in exactly, but to no avail. Any ideas? Thanks I just downloaded and installed mine, no problem. Did you type in all I and O (letters) instead of 1 a...
by just-cj
Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Final water amounts
Replies: 9
Views: 8959

Re: re: water

slothrob wrote:(as all right thinking people should, of course :wink:)
Where's that "flipping off" smilie when you need it! :mrgreen:
by just-cj
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Final water amounts
Replies: 9
Views: 8959

Re: re: water

Well, with fly sparging, you don't have to keep liquid over the grain bed when you get near your target volume, but until the last gallon or so, you do. As for which is easier, batch or fly, it really depends on the system. In my system, I've tried batch sparging a couple times and it has taken long...
by just-cj
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:21 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Batch Sparge Schedule Question
Replies: 32
Views: 43577

On a Mac, to get a screenshot, hit Command+Shift+4 -- the cursor will change to a crosshair, click and drag the area you want to make a screenshot of, and a picture will show up on your desktop. Easy as pie! (If you want a picture of the whole screen, hit Command+Shift+3). The picture will be a .png...
by just-cj
Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Final water amounts
Replies: 9
Views: 8959

Re: re: water

...but there is always some runoff you don't collect. There shouldn't be, other than your dead space. Put your dead space in your vessel description, then you can always set your residual volumes to '0'. Any wort you leave behind is a drop in efficiency. You should plan your mashes to drain fully a...
by just-cj
Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:25 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: License Key woes
Replies: 25
Views: 23511

I remember some software having the Register button dimmed until all fields are input correctly, but like you I don't think I've ever run into one like this that dims as soon as you type something. You're right -- it's not very intuitive and it certainly is confusing.