Anyone use Beersmith and find that the “Adjust Temp for Equipment” doesn’t seem to give the best results for heating strike water / hitting mash temps? Anyone have a better solution than adjusting the specific heat value in the equipment setup?
I am brewing an iipa, and beersmith said to heat the strike water to 175 for a mash target of 157. I was busy with other things, and the water was 190… impatient, I only let it cool to 180-182 before adding it to the tun, followed by grains. When I checked my temp (thermapen!), it was 157 on the nose.
I’ve futzed with the specific heat value (igloo cooler, 0.3 → 0.5) in my equipment setup, and adjusted my mash tun & grain temps downwards a bit, arriving at a beersmith-calculated strike temp of about 180. I suppose this is what needs to be done… but I’m curious how anyone else does it, or if anyone else has experienced this problem.