first time poster (long time lurker) on these forums. Hope you'll are doing well.
I am 6 months into this hobby and have brewed 3 Pale Ales which have ranged from disastrous to pretty bad :P
I now am eager to brew a Porter (1 Gallon). All the 3 brews I have done so far have been using the Brewers Friend Windows Software which has stopped working. So I have tried Beersmith and the Brewfather app, must say, I found Brewfather to be much more suitable so I am going to use that.
The recipe goes like this :- BIAB
- Pale 2-row : 980 grams
- Caramel 60 : 90 grams
- Chocolate : 60 grams
- Roasted Barley : 60 grams
- Flaked Oats : 30 grams
Hops include Cascade & Centennial (target - 36 IBU). Pre-Boil Gravity : 1.054, Original Gravity : 1.072, Final Gravity : 1.018
The recipe calls for 3.2Ltrs of Strike water & 3.49Litrs of Sparge water. Is this correct? Beersmith & the Brewer's Friend web-tool show very much different volumes of water mostly due to the boil-off rate. Boil-off on Brewers Friend is somehow stuck at 1.5 Gallons per hour i.e around 6 Litres per hour which does not usually happen on my 10Ltr Stock Pot. I end up losing around 1.5-2 Litres.
I would love for somebody to tell me if I am doing something wrong here because I don't want to end up throwing darts in the dark, again!
Also, the recipe calls for salt additions of Gypsym, Calcium Chloride & Baking Soda to hit a pH of around 5.5. Hope this is correct, as I would be using RO to begin with (don't have a water quality report of my local water here yet).
Any help will be great. Thanks :)