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Offline shinny

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"grainfather" brewing.
« on: May 31, 2015, 11:50:46 PM »
Hi all, l am new to all grain brewing and have purchased the GRAINFATHER all in one grain brewing system.  So far l have made a Little Creatures clone which is ready to bottle although my readings are stuck on 1.020 and yesterday l made an Irish Red Ale that should have given me a yeild of 22 litres but l only got 15 litres.  I am still getting the hang of the system and when to do what but l will persist!   Having never made an all grain beer before l am struggling with reading the receipe and using said receipe in the Grainfather.  I am hoping that through this forum l might be able to learn a lot more about brewing of all kinds.   :)

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Re: "grainfather" brewing.
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2019, 11:51:10 PM »
What recipe did you use for the little creatures pale ale? How did it turn out? I've been trying to track down an all grain recipe for this.

Offline BOB357

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Re: "grainfather" brewing.
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 03:01:26 AM »
The same recipe brewed on different systems will yield different results. You and I could both brew the same recipe using the same equipment and not end up with the same results. Using different equipment can greatly increase the differences as well.

The first thing you need to do before using BeerSmith is set up an equipment profile to closely match your system. I believe there is a profile for the Grainfather available using the add on tool. Don't assume that the add on profile will match your Grainfather and your style of brewing. Follow the instruction in this video:   https://youtu.be/QmW7pwQP5mQ
Once you have tweaked the profile as needed, keep notes for the first few brews. You may need to make some minor adjustments to dial it in, based on your results.

If you use a recope found on BeeerSmith you can use the scaling tool to adapt the recipe for your system. If not, you will likely need to make some adjustments in order to match gravity, color and bitterness. Keep in mind that the beer you brew either way may not be the same as the original due to subtle differences in ingredients and your techniques.
Bob