I've entered into BeerSmith the Extract version of the Pliny the Elder recipe provided by Russian River. The OG, and subsequently the ABV, as specified by the web page compared w/the BeerSmith computed values aren't even close. The web page says OG is 1.072 and ABV 8.2% meanwhile BeerSmith computes 1.054 and 5.8% respectively.
I've tried entering it a number of different ways messing w/equipment profiles, changing up malt quantities, and the like. I even entered the all-grain version as another recipe just to see if it had the same outcome. The all-grain version of the recipe came closer to the specifications from the web page.
What I ultimately did to bring the numbers between the web page and BeerSmith closer together was to increase the DME quantity from 6.5lbs to 9lbs. While I haven't mentioned the SRM, I brought that from the 9.2 as computed by BeerSmith back to 7.2 which is closer to the web page value of 7. I did this by switching from light DME to extra light DME.
Finally, my questions:
- Has anyone else run into this?
- Should I just brew per the recipe on the web, ignoring the fact that the BeerSmith numbers don't match up?
- Or, do my adjustments seem ok?
- Any other thoughts or ideas would be appreciated?