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IBU calculation error
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:53:28 PM »
so i have checked 3 different websites and i got 3 different IBU's (33.2, 48.9, 40.3)
my recipe was an extract milk stout

3.5 gal boil, 5 gal batch
1oz cascade 8% A.A. 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 3.4% A.A. 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 3.4% A.A. 30min

estimated O.G. is 1.053 (wort is to hot to measure actual right now)

can someone please help


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Re: IBU calculation error
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 09:58:55 PM »
Presumably three different correlations. What was the boil gravity? Tinseth gives 30 IBU assuming 1.075 in the kettle.
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Re: IBU calculation error
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 10:04:32 PM »
I did not take boil gravity reading , but my gut feeling is that 30ish should be closer to the correct IBU. thanks for the confirmation, the first site was the 33.2.
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Re: IBU calculation error
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 10:06:42 PM »
All you need to calculate the boil gravity is the amount of extract and the volume of wort. If you added all the extract at the beginning of the boil, the SG was 1.075.
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Re: IBU calculation error
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 10:40:27 PM »
Oh ok, thanks
“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drank, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.