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"Adjust Mash" vs "Strike/Infusion Temp" tool result differences?

rwright

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I put the following data into the "Strike/Infusion Temp” tool:
Calculation = Infusion Step
Target Step temp = 168 F
Water to Add = 1.65 gal
Starting Water Volume = 2.75 gal
Weight of Grain = 8.75 lb
Initial Mash Temperature = 145 F
Mash Tun Weight = 0.00 lb
Infusion Water temperature = 211.9 F
Water/Grain ratio = 0.50 gal/lb


So the "Strike/Infusion Temp” tool is telling me that if I add 1.65 gal of 211.9 F water under these conditions the mash temperature will go from 145 to 168 degrees F.  From experience and other calculations, this is entirely believable.

Now, I try what I would expect to be the equivalent settings in the “Adjust Mash” tool:
Water Volume = 2.75 gal
Weight of Grain = 8.75 lb
Current Mash Temp = 145 F
Mash Tun Weight = 0.00 lb
Target Mash temperature = 168 F
Water Addition Temp = 211.9 F
Water Addition Needed = 1.08 gal
Final Water/Grain Ratio = 0.44 gal/lb


So now the “Adjust Mash” tool is telling me that if I add 1.08 gal of 211.9 F water under these conditions the mash temperature will go from 145 to 168 degrees F.

I would expect the results to be the same.  Why the water volume difference (1.65 vs 1.08 gal) between the two tools?  What am I misunderstanding?

 

88Q

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I'll take a stab at this...

What I noticed is that in the first example you are "striking", that is adding water to dry grain..... which has one thermodynamic transfer rate...

And in example 2 you are adjusting the already existing wetted mash, which would have a completely different transfer rate...... resulting in a different (lesser) volume needed to accomplish the same temp rise, ultimately resulting in a  Final Water/Grain Ratio of 0.44 gal/lb as opposed to the original Water/Grain ratio of 0.50 gal/lb

Just my guess...........
 

rwright

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I set the starting water volume to 2.75 gallons for the Strike/Infusion so I think that makes it an infusion step (grain already wet).  Am I misinterpreting this?

I'd like to believe this is my misuse of the tools, but am beginning to wonder if this is a bug in BeerSmith.  I have heard that a new version of BeerSmith is under development, so it would be nice to get this sorted out before the next release.
 

grathan

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Having a similar issure here. Did you ever figure anything out? WHich numbers do you use now?
 
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