Graham's Beer Engine

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Graham's Beer Engine

Post by The Epworth Brewer » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:13 pm

I've been quite happily using this for a few years , but now that I'm moving away from the traditional English bitters I find it a bit short when it comes to putting such as honey into a recipe, or even some of the new world hops. Would I be better off using Beersmith? I'm reluctant to give a go without recommendations as you apparently have to pay for it.

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Re: Graham's Beer Engine

Post by guypettigrew » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:01 pm

Hops can easily be added to Graham's Beer Engine. The hop editor allows you to add hops and their AA value.

Honey can also be added, if you know its SG. And you must already know this to know how much to add to your wort.

In fact, anything can be added using the 'Editors' tab at the top of the page!

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Post by The Epworth Brewer » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:50 pm

Thanks for that. Never spotted that button. The honey is a bit tricky as it's a jar of wild honey with no info on the label. Also, it's to be added post boil.

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Post by IPA » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:32 am

The Epworth Brewer wrote:Thanks for that. Never spotted that button. The honey is a bit tricky as it's a jar of wild honey with no info on the label. Also, it's to be added post boil.
It's worth asking Graham himself. He helped me when I wanted to add lactose.
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Post by The Epworth Brewer » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:49 am

Interesting. I thought Graham had decided to 'retire' from the scene. I've used honey successfully before as a priming sugar. I think tomorrow I'll maybe add it post boil, about 80c, running the wort off at that temperature onto the honey. Hopefully it will dissolve OK at that and once cooled down I should get an accurate SG. If the SG is too high/low for what I was aiming at I can adjust the grain bill next time.

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Post by Jim » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:47 am

Graeme's had a few health problems lately and I'm not sure if he'd be up for answering questions on his software. He might be bored though!
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Post by IPA » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:25 pm

The Epworth Brewer wrote:Interesting. I thought Graham had decided to 'retire' from the scene. I've used honey successfully before as a priming sugar. I think tomorrow I'll maybe add it post boil, about 80c, running the wort off at that temperature onto the honey. Hopefully it will dissolve OK at that and once cooled down I should get an accurate SG. If the SG is too high/low for what I was aiming at I can adjust the grain bill next time.
You could of course add a specific weight of sugar to a quantity of water and the same with honey then test the gravity of each and use the result for your calculations.
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Re: Graham's Beer Engine

Post by Dave S » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:03 pm

The Epworth Brewer wrote:Thanks for that. Never spotted that button. The honey is a bit tricky as it's a jar of wild honey with no info on the label. Also, it's to be added post boil.
Also if you are using wild honey it is advisable to pasteurise it at about 80C in some wort for an hour to ensure no wild yeasts survive. You can draw the wort off from your pre-boil volume.
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