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  1. 3 points
    Yeah, I'm all in as well on Beersmith. I have two different equipment profiles for two different sized kettles and fermenters. It's taken some tweaking to fine tune my boil rate on my induction burner, kettle loss, and trub loss in the fermenter but I'm real close these days to matching my numbers in BS. One of my favs is adjusting my water chemistry to match the type of brew and i always use the same Deer Park spring water as I have its profile and ph stored in BS. I think it's a great program and the scaling feature makes it easy to adjust batch sizes between my kettles and fermenters.
  2. 2 points
    My bottle washing method: drink beer recycle bottle brew beer buy new bottles its more money but a lot less work
  3. 2 points
    Write down everything. Write down everything. Write down everything. 😀
  4. 1 point
    So here's a reinforcement of this principle. Last week I tested my Apricot Wheat FG, a week after adding the 2nd can of apricots. It was right on. So I cold crashed it. And, apparently forgot to write down the reading, or the temperature. Not a big deal, I know it was in the 1.012 - 1.014 range, and would have been 64 degrees. But, this reinforces WRITING EVERYTHING DOWN.
  5. 1 point
    my bottle washing method.....drink beer, rinse out bottle pretty good. put in box in garage. when i feel like washing 50 or so bottles, i use oxy clean free, hot water, a bottle brush and a bottle tree. not that bad. i must say that i haven't washed bottles in a while now.
  6. 1 point
    it can also depend on how strong your boil is. my kitchen stove vs. my turkey fryer burner are 2 different outcomes potentially.
  7. 1 point
    CORRECTION! : I started with 32 cups (2 gallons). After the boil I was left with 18 cups, for a loss of 14 cups. So for 1 gallon I will lose 7 cups, or about .4 of a gallon per hour. Now the figures in BIAB Calculator are almost exactly what @Creeps McLane provided. Almost to the very numbers.
  8. 1 point
    1st of all, if @Creeps McLane told you something, you can take that to the bank! LOL. I believe that the default in BS is .5 gallons per hour for the boil off rate. I would argue that mine is higher, so I agree with you. sounds right. I usually start off with almost 5 gallons (4.7) and struggle to get 4 gallons into my fermenter....trying to leave some of the hop sludge behind.
  9. 1 point
    Thanks, Jdub. I will check into this beersmith and compare the schekel cost against value. Moments ago, I measured my boil-off rate = .6 gal per hour. Does that sound right? So, according to BIAB Calculator, for my 1-gallon batch I will need 1.95 gallons to start and will have 1.25 gallons for the fermenter. This is essentially the same as what @Creeps McLane provided (except that this program says I need a little more water to start).
  10. 1 point
    @StretchNM buy 1 year of beersmith. you'll be hooked! write everything down in the notes tab on BS.
  11. 1 point
    Only one way to check this out. Brew two identical batches side by side and only aerate one of them. Then when both batches are ready to drink, do a blind triangle test with tasters to see which beer is preferred and if they are able to pick out the different beer. I am still going to aerate.
  12. 1 point
    I dont know where youre seeing 2.5 gallon kegs but everywhere i see 3 gallon kegs they're almost as expensive as a 5 gallon one. Dont buy a little one if you are going to want a 5 gallon one someday anyway
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