On the topic of ingredients lmao
I’ve been on BeerSmith a lot today. I’m going to be doing the Northern Brewer Sierra Madre Pale Ale this weekend.
It only comes in 1 gal or 5 gal kits so I have 3 of the 1 gal. I put everything into BeerSmith and I think I have everything for the ingredients correct as far as the grains, hops and LME. But BeerSmith is showing an OG of 1.048 when the kit is saying it should be 1.052. There is a chance I messed something up along the way. BUT…I have .5# of light DME left over from another kit. When I add this in, it brings my OG to 1.054. Is using both LME and DME a bad idea? It’s showing me the following with using both. (Granted I truthfully have no idea what most of this means when it comes to final product)
Est FG: 1.013
Est ABV: 5.4%
Bitter ratio: 0.167
I planned on throwing everything in that came with the kits but BeerSmith is saying to use .17oz on the first 2 hop additions instead of the .37oz of each that I have.
Not sure exactly what to do.
OG is dependent upon how much you reduce the wort during boil. BeerSmith may be estimating OG based on a different boil off rate or time than the kit.
I've been trying to get more consistent with my brewing and a refractometer is helpful for taking measurements during the boil so that you can see if you're on target for OG. That's one item that I wish I'd bought sooner.
I doubt that the DME would hurt the flavor, but you might hit OG without it.
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Sorry, been a little busy lol. I only used what was in the kits and just adjusted the hops a little and it hit the estimated OG right on.