I hope someone may be able to help me out. I have had beersmith 2 since it's release and I have never been able to fully setup my equipment profile properly. I have all the basics in there ie. the weight , the gallon, dead space etc, but what eludes me is the specific heat. I use a 10 gallon round rubbermaid cooler and if I understood correctly my SH should be set to .3 but at that setting I have never hit my strike temps EVER. I always just ignore my brew steps and am able to hit pretty close by experience alone. All this said Beersmith ROCKS !!! I know it's something I'm not entering correctly so I have been messing around and this is what I came up with and I want to see what others think first here is the basics - MLT temp -72 deg, Grain temp- 72 deg, - MLT weight- 12lbs, Grain weight- 11lbs. Now without using Bersmith I know I need my strike water to be 180 degrees to account for lose to the cooler and with the grain I hit 152 on the nose. With the SH set at .3 it tells me to add like 14.61 qt of water at 168.2 deg but, that's not even close enough and that is with the box to adjust for equipment flagged. When I change my SH for the cooler to 0.98 it calculates with the adjust for equipment flagged to exactly 180.1 degrees which is exactly what I know I need. Does this mean my coolers SH is .98 ? I appreciate any input given thanks in advance.