I know this is an old topic but I just finished making my first brew of the Oktoberfestivus recipe. Looks good...but I've got a question while I wait 3 weeks for fermenting and 4 weeks (or more likely 6 weeks) for conditioning....
The Oktoberfest Lager Deluxe refill comes with the 1.87 lb can and 8.8 ounces of liquid malt extract (LME-Smooth). The instructions give an ABV of 4.7%. But when I put these ingredients into Qbrew I get 4.2%.
However, the Oktoberfestivus recipe uses the 1.87 lb can but includes 7.5 ounces of dry malt extract (DME-Smooth) along with 1/2 ounce of the Hallertau hops. The Mr. Beer recipe gives 4.2% ABV for this while the Qbrew gives an ABV of 4.1% for this recipe.
I was wondering why I'm 1/2 percent off when I calculate the Oktoberfest Lager Deluxe refill recipe? Either I'm too tired tonight to do it right or Qbrew is off or Mr. Beer is listing an old ABV for the Oktoberfest Lager Deluxe refill recipe.
It has been answered before (RickBeer, etc.) that the LME behaves the same as the DME. But is 8.8 ounces of Mr. Beer LME equivalent to 7.5 ounces of Mr. Beer DME with regards to ABV contribution? The Mr. Beer product descriptions seem to say "yes" but I'm just thrown off by the 4.7% ABV using the LME versus the 4.2% ABV using the DME with the Mr. Beer Oktoberfest HME product.
Yeah, there's a ton of tweaks you can do on it. Once you get it all set it's great. I said that BS wasn't very intuitive. Took me about 5 min to understand q brew, after 3 years BeerSmith can still make me crazy.