PeeBee wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:42 am
Excuse the repeat images in the last post: Trying to edit a picture posted in this forum is really pox!
PeeBee, it seems that in Mash Made Easy you have forgotten to set the "Base Malt DI_pH Selector" drop down cell (lower right) to a compromise setting falling between your two base malts. Since this feature is unique to MME, this critical setting is commonly overlooked by those first using it. If a suitable compromise can't be settled upon so as to relatively average between the characteristics of your two base malts, then enter manual deionized water mash pH values into the manual override column for both base malts. This option is useful for those who actually test their lots of base malt for deionized water mash pH. And ditto for all other grist malts, unmalted grains, flakes, etc... As the old saying goes, if you don't know where you are, it's much harder to get where you're going. For the case of not knowing the actual deionized mash pH values for each component of the grist, you are forcing the software to make guesses for you that may not be correct for your individual lots of malts. Follow the color coding seen within the "Key" to find all of the user adjustable cells. Mash Made Easy is highly end user adjustable so as to adjust it to match your actual mash pH monitoring experience.
Also, I've been working hard on improving it it, and I just advanced MME to version 8.30 as of today. It's always best to use the latest version if/when possible.
Did you notice how with MME you didn't have to "hunt and peck" to find mash pH solutions as for BW? That's one of the "easy" features. Another is that you enter minerals at full gram quantity rather than in often quite difficult to juggle units of grams per liter or grams per gallon. Another is that you don't tell MME how much acid or base to add to move the software toward your chosen mash pH target, but rather it tells you. Isn't that why people use such software to begin with?
PS: I've tested several lots of CaCl2 in my day, and it has been my experience that it is never anhydrous. 94%-96% pure when first opened is about as good as it gets, and it goes down hill from there as it absorbs moisture from contact with air.