Beersmith2 for 15bbl equipment
Is anyone using Beersmith for recipes with a 15bbl brewhouse? I'm looking for some advice in adding the 15bbl equipment to the software so that it will scale recipes appropriately.
I am using beersmith on a ten bbl system. I did use it to upscale some recipes, but because the system is new to me (was) I was fairly lenient in adjustments, i.e. I rounded the numbers out. I set the hop usage at 120%, and went from there. To dial it in you need to keep adjusting the brewhouse settings from your brew log. My system loses seven degrees more than expected (175 to 150 instead of 168 to 150) from hlt to mash tun, and I have not figured out how to set that yet, but I keep it in mind every brew day. After the first few batches, i was able to guestimate the appropriate volumes and temps, although I still can't go by the brew sheet output yet. Someday. I have to say that most of my recipes were designed for 10 bbl, as even though I took copious notes as a homebrewer, I have tried to brew new beers to me in our brewery. Hope this helps. I think brad is fairly reachable for specific help, although I have not tried to email him yet. On my winter list!
Enter the Equipment section of the Profiles tab, and edit the Mash Tun section specific heat setting accordingly.
Originally Posted by panadero
If you've been keeping a record of your estimate vs. actual measurements, it shouldn't be too difficult to figure it out for your specific equipment since you can compare it on your already completed sessions vs. the revised equipment profile.
I use BeerSmith 2 for a 5BBL setup and it is great!
Agree with all of above from Panadero and ChesterBrew.
Need to adjust settings until you are 100% familiar with all the variables of your system e.g temp adjustments from HLT to Sparge Arm.
My system loses about 4 degrees c for instance.
Once you are 100% sure of your own kit it is a great tool.
First and foremost, get your equipment profile setup as accurately as possible and all the figures fall into place.
Oh, and on large scale setups, i.e. not homebrew, the hop efficiency needs upping from 100%.