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by pcharles
Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Late Addition (Kettle) Function
Replies: 1
Views: 3311

Late Addition (Kettle) Function

Hi All: I notice that with extract I have the option of boil (Kettle) or late extract (Kettle) and that I can specify how long it was boiled. I notice that by switching back and forth between the Boil and Late Addition the estimated Bitterness changes. However, I noticed changing the boil time of th...
by pcharles
Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: I must be dumb...where is the link for the 1.5 beta?
Replies: 11
Views: 9158

Re: I must be dumb...where is the link for the 1.5 beta?

An email was sent this morning but it did not mention anything about an available download. BeerTools Pro 1.5 is in beta testing and will be released to the public in the coming months. We will send an email to announce the download when it becomes available. Thanks! So, no public beta like we had ...
by pcharles
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Gravity Problems with Partial Mash
Replies: 6
Views: 11234

Every brewer needs to determine the efficiency of their system. 75% is just a common efficiency. The two biggest factors influencing efficiency, either up or down, are degree of crush and volume. If you are sparging a partial mash grain bill with enough water for a full volume boil, you're going to...
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: Where do you get your information?
Replies: 7
Views: 22524

Jawbox's list pretty much represents where I go, but I also use:

www.basicbrewing.com

Some CAMRA books I bought in England

Other peoples recipes on BeerTools, brewmonkey, and a few other places.

jawbox wrote:Magazines:
Zymurgy
Brew Your Own

SNIP

Podcasts:
Jamil Zainasheff (excellent resource)

Later,
Jaw
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:30 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Low O.G. -- all the time
Replies: 5
Views: 17566

Re: mixing

is the water you add at the end thoroughly mixed into the wort? the heavy wort sits at the bottom of the carboy, so your readings might be diluted and thus pretty low. (look for a color gradient to see if there is stratification.) If you have diluted to the expected volume, mixing is almost always ...
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Frozen grain=amazing mash efficiency?
Replies: 20
Views: 61723

Re: Formula for mash efficiency.

Even when mashing in this way the MAXIMUM efficiency you can get is 86% . I continuously see homebrewers who state that they have 90-100% efficiency. This is impossible and I can only guess they are getting actual efficiency confused with getting 90 to 100% of what they calculated when formulating ...
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Frozen grain=amazing mash efficiency?
Replies: 20
Views: 61723

Re: Frozen grain=amazing mash efficiency?

OK, i normally get a very good mash efficiency anyway, around 85 - 90%, but for the last 2 brews ive used grain that has been stored in the freezer, i crack it whilst still semi frozen and mash the next day,the results are phenominal as my efficiency has risen by 5% or more, hitting 99 and 97% resp...
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Hop Utilization
Replies: 3
Views: 5259

In the session menu, there's a choice for utilization. Did you check to make sure the utilization formula is the same as what you originally used? Yes, the basic does not have a gravity correction. I've started using the Rager formula because I heard about it on the Jamil Show Podcast. What I would...
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Gravity Problems with Partial Mash
Replies: 6
Views: 11234

Right, 1.081 predicted at 75% efficiency, not 120%. By the way, when I do a partial mash, I measure the volume and take a gravity reading from my combined runoff. This gives me the total gravity contribution I'm going to actually get from my mash. I then calculate how much extract I need to hit my ...
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Gravity Problems with Partial Mash
Replies: 6
Views: 11234

I opened up your recipe, but I am not sure I follow your description of the problem. The recipe shows 1.081 as the predicted OG. What reading did you get when you brewed the recipe? The predicted gravity is 1.081 WITH the maple syrup added, mine is 1.080 without the maple. It should be 1.068 withou...
by pcharles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Gravity Problems with Partial Mash
Replies: 6
Views: 11234

Gravity Problems with Partial Mash

Hi All:

I developed the recipe listed below using Beertools and Ray Daniels book to be a Maple Syrup Old Ale. I mashed the grains with an initial temperature of 154
by pcharles
Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Importing and Exporting BeerXML
Replies: 17
Views: 24162

Re: BeerXML

Can you send one or two of the problem recipes to us? You can use the contact@ address. I am not sure if one of the updates fixed it, but it is working great now. Many thanks if you did something (and even if you did not). Have to say I love this program. It is so much fun to create something on th...
by pcharles
Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Importing and Exporting BeerXML
Replies: 17
Views: 24162

Importing and Exporting BeerXML

I tried to import a couple of recipes from BrewMonkey.com that were in beerxml format and BeerTools Pro refused to open them. The ones I tried were germanchoco.xml (a Bock) and Schwarzbieresque.xml (a dark lager). Any idea what the problem might be? I assume there are plans to add a BeerXML export f...
by pcharles
Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When to Rack?
Replies: 3
Views: 6075

Re: When to Rack?

Help me please. I'm fixin to brew my first batch and i'm stumped as to when to transfer to the secondary fermenter.Nothing i've read says when specifically.I bought a deluxe set-up with two pails and two carboys.I'm hoping to have a couple batches going at a time(or more!!!).So i ask,when to go fro...
by pcharles
Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:37 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: My first pilsner
Replies: 3
Views: 4992

I did a single infusion @ 155 & sparge @170 on a malt bill that was "pilsnerish :o " I used a whitelabs czech budejovice wlp802 I am trying to ferment in a fridge that seems to vary in temp every few days (48-62) :x I think i have diacetal issues But it seems cidery not butterscotchy. I will give i...