Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #377 made 1 year ago
[EDIT: I've dealt with your actual question in the PS :)]

Hello Joel and great to hear from you :peace:!
All's well thanks - since last hearing from you, I'm definitely older, wiser :P and $50k poorer :angry:. I haven't lost my enthusiasm though ;).

Spent a lot of 2016 and early 2017 working full-time on the site. Had some solid help from Sarah and Mikey and a hell of a lot was achieved however bank account ran out about 9/10 months ago before anything could actually be implemented "on site". I'm only now just setting up for another big stint at everything.

What I Thought before the Last Big Stint

I thought the major challenge for turning the site into what I have envisioned would be developing a visually pleasing and intuitive design where the user would find themselves accessing the right info/components/tools for their needs. That's actually a very daunting task, a bit like desigining a mandala.

Mandala Design.gif

I thought that once the design was finalised, it would be pretty much just be writing the content (laying the grains) and, job done!

What I Learned from the Last Big Stint

A mandala is constructed indoors by a dedicated team of skilled monks with steady hands. Our tiny team of three had a lot more challenges; we had to work outdoors, in windy conditions (hundreds of IT challenges being thrown at us); one of the team could only do a day or so a week; we had far more innocence than skill (in IT stuff); and, with Sarah and I on the team, our hands were often unsteady!

Mandala Wind.jpg

The wind beat us - temporarily - sort of.

Before this Next Big Stint

Any spare time I've had over the last few months, I've spent on thinking on what we're really trying to do here.
Over the years, we've actually had many little teams of monks create wonderful mandalas.

Mandala Team.jpg

The end result of any mandala is that it is swept up, in a specific order and then "returned" to nature.

Mandala Dispersion.jpg

The work is not lost - it contributes to something much bigger.

From Mandalas to a Cathedral

[When starting to write this post, I didn't intend to write on mandalas and cathedrals :)
But, did you really want to hear about all the things that have gone on here? (Just today, I've spent on ftp, sftp, html, css, duplicate file finding on 2 1TB discs, "access denied" issues and a hundred other things as part of getting ready for the next big stint.)
I think mandalas and cathedrals are much more fun.]


Slowing down in that spare time over the last few months, has lead to me realising that we are building a cathedral here. I'm quite clear on that now. Once designed, building a cathedral is a bit of a job, but, it really boils down to the efficient collection and expulsion of members' passion/skills/resources.

That will be the initial focus of my personal next big stint and hopefully my last big stint*

:drink:
Pat

* PS: Joel, I would love to be able to just focus on the BIABacus. One of my major frustrations is having that brilliant tool being so daunting for the new user. I do Know how to solve that (and add heaps of other stuff) but I'd have to stop working on everything else. So...
It gets back to my last sentence two paras above - we need to solve that - it takes many coordinated hands to build a cathedral ;)
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #378 made 1 year ago
:thumbs: you and the team have done some great work Pat. Starting out 1.5 years ago straight into all grain biab with limited experience brewing with a neighbor 10 years prior. This site and the members have provided a wealth of knowledge for me and I've been able to make some great beers using the biabacus. I've moved into a 10g breweasy now (Wyoming winters are brutal) and I find the biabacus fits the brew profile perfect. Thanks for all the hard work. :thumbs: FYI, I'll still be doing Biab along with the BrewEasy
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #379 made 1 year ago
Much appreciated Brian :peace:

If you enjoyed my last post, you can thank Microsoft. I've had a mind-numbing week dealing with re-installs etc. Lost a lot of time there so am about to throw up a new "skin" for you. Would have liked to have done a lot more testing first but c'est la vie.

New skin in about two hours.
Pat
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #384 made 4 months ago
[mention]tim_n[/mention] : Great to hear from you Tim and thanks for your post. That is great to hear :thumbs:

[mention]shetc[/mention] : Thanks for that. On the next version, I'll try and add a formula that auto-updates that and a few other things as I always miss stuff like that. I have another version here where I've created some more tools but I've placed them along with the Unit Conversion sheet into a separate file as if all in one, the file size becomes quite large. I'm not sure on this change though and will request some feedback later from Gold Members to see what they reckon. I have to get quite a few articles written before I can get focus back to that unfortunately :smoke:
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #388 made 1 month ago
First impression? Oh crap - a complicated looking spreadsheet!
Second impression? Maybe this won't be so bad but playing with it while at work is probably bad form :lol:
Third impression? Why have I not purchased excel for my mac! It could make my life so much easier probably

Thank you all for the hard work on it! I look forward to playing with it next brew day
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #391 made 1 month ago
@cuthburtb ,

The input on the left side of the screen shows recipe inputs for a recipe of a given size. Hopefully all that is correct. The What You Will Use to the right of that modifies the recipe for your system, and depending on your batch size will alter the inputs needed.

When I was brewing a same size batch it generally would show I can use less grain for the same gravity brew (compared to traditional 3-vessel all grain brewing). Nowadays I generally maximize batch size and go as large as I can and still, with me putting in a larger batch size it tells how much inputs I need of grain and hops at whatever times to match the recipe with my system.

Let me know if unclear.
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #392 made 1 month ago
Cuthburtb -
The recipe you entered in the left column could be the list of grain & hops weights from a source that brewed on a very different scale to what your kettle may permit. Also, the grains values might be entered as numbers reflecting percentages of the total grist (do not enter the % signs, just numbers). With your individual kettle dimensions and your desired OG entered, the spreadsheet will then display What You Will Use in the columns to the right. Those are the weights that you should employ in your BIAB batch. Watch out for possible red warnings that tell if your total mash volume approaches or exceeds your kettle capacity. You can and should check those two values, but the small red letters can be a help.
You need to enter the names of each grain only on the left side; leave the name blank (same row, different column) blank on the same line to the right. There is a way to tinker after you have built up experience. Same goes for hops, but your %AA should match what you bought on the right side. I find it rare that what I buy has the same AA% as on the left - even if it is a recipe I brewed before. Ask for the %AA or buy extra and weigh out what you need. You may have to read up on how to compensate for differences.
If you already purchased grains by weight according to another recipe source and they are crushed and mixed together, good luck. You can still brew it and get beer, but it could be better. If you play with volumes and target OG numbers you can get close, but it takes some guessing and time. Next batch, purchase from the What You Will Use columns.
Granted, it seems complicated but it will eventually all fall into place.
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #394 made 1 week ago
Hello!

I was playing with a recipe, and for the first time ever I decided to adjust the "Volume Loss from Lauter" value in section X and noticed that while it changes the amount of value required (as expected), it doesn't affect the amount of grain needed (unexpected).

If I loss 2 litres of water per kilogram of grain, I'm also losing some sugar there, right? more than if I was losing only half a litre.

Is this a bug?
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #395 made 1 week ago
:peace: cuthburtb - tizoc - Volume loss from lauter is in Section X as you have pointed out. It does not adjust grain weights when one enters different numbers, but it does adjust water volumes in Section K. This leaves your purchased / weighed out grains as you entered them and TWN is increased to account for added Volume Loss From Lauter. I see your point - if TWN went up and grain weights remained unchanged while volume was lost due to lauter, the extracted sugars went out with the latter lauter (damn spell check), but made no difference in expected OG from before you entered the volume lost from lauter. Now that I see it your way, I don't have an answer. I'll see if I can figure it out. :scratch:

There is also KFL = kettle to fermenter loss in Section L. Your interpretation of those KFL units of volume affecting the grain bill is not unreasonable. :peace: That would seem to be similar to a loss from lautering if lautering were a separate step for BIAB. That said, the input of desired Volume Into Fermenter VIF in Section B leads to your Volume of Ambient Wort cooled in the kettle (for this discussion). Starting from VAW to be transferred out of the kettle, If there was any actual KFL enter it in Section L. Your actual VIF in the current batch results from how your liquid-handling technique takes care of spills. It also gets reflected in Section P efficiencies. It is not in Section L that KFL feeds back into grain weights.

Way over is Section K X is the field that deals with KFL based on experience -that KFL value will have an impact on the grain weights. If you have a volume in mind for KFL before weighing out grains. enter it in Section K X and weights will change.
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #397 made 1 week ago
Re-reading my post, it probably wasn't very clear :?
I was playing with a recipe, and for the first time ever I decided to adjust the "Volume Loss from Lauter" value in section X and noticed that while it changes the amount of value (I meant to write water here) required (as expected), it doesn't affect the amount of grain needed (unexpected).
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Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #399 made 1 week ago
The wise searcher will look for posts by Pat or Pistol Patch. :geek:
Search hits for "Volume Loss From Lauter" gave https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.ph ... ter#p60471 where he says. " I've changed the Volume Loss from Lauter to zero because our grist is already wet from our first brew." That seems to indicate that Volume Loss From Lauter is the volume of water that remains on the wet grains in the pulled bag.

A later hit on the list gives the best explanation I can offer at https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.ph ... ter#p43067.

Pat recommends having at least 5 or so batches of BIAB experience at https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.ph ... ter#p47788
before tinkering with Sections W or X. I don't know if that applies to you.

Check the latest (bottom-most) post at https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.ph ... ter#p52774 for some more info on Volume Loss From Lauter. And the mention of pure BIABing at https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.ph ... ter#p47849

OK - here's another link that helped me https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.ph ... ter#p44808
where safebrew222 says after Mally's post, "That figure in Section X is the estimate of the amount of liquid lost to grain absorption. Pat recommended this adjustment somewhere for this version of the BIABacus as a way to keep the volumes in line with the volumes in previous versions of the spreadsheet. I can't find the reference but he said to not get too attached to the adjustment as it will be dealt with differently in the main release of the BIABacus." The BIABacus is a work in progress and there is not a single "main release" other than the most recent on you have.

Clear as mud? :argh: If what I found isn't enough, let me know. If you check the rest of the hit list and find better explanations, you can post them, too.

Re: BIABacus Pre-Release - Your First Impressions

Post #400 made 1 week ago
Thank you ShorePoints! sorry for not answering earlier, I feel like I wasted your time having you go through all those posts.

I looked to a some of those posts (but not all) in the search results before posting my question (because in the past, when I have had some confusion about something I was able to find the answer in these forums).

But for the Volume Loss From Lauter thing, while I found a lot of interesting information (I learned that the calculation turned to be out quite a bit more complicated than what I thought at first), I didn't find what I was looking for, which is more related to the loss of sugars to that grain in addition to water.

My understanding is that it is either one of two things:
- Something magic about how grain absorbs liquid that makes it only absorb water and not sugar (very unlikely)
- BIABacus just doesn't handle this in the calculation because for True BIAB the range is very small and doesn't make a difference (for me the old 0.4 value usually works good, but the default in newer versions is fine too).

Some background on why I was playing with the Volume Loss From Lauter value

Note: not looking for a solution here, I don't want to waste your time, this is just to illustrate the scenario where the volume loss from lauter can diverge from what is normal. The only thing I'm interested in is to know how the Volume Loss From Lauter actually works. And it is not a big deal, just something I noticed when tweaking the BIABacus file for a recipe.

The reason I was trying to adjust this value now is that I'm not doing "True BIAB" now, but instead using two kettles, a big one for mashing, and a smaller one for boiling and no-chilling.

Instead of lifting the bag with a pulley and draining/squeezing it like I used to, I'm instead siphoning the wort from below from the bigger kettle to the smaller one. Since I don't squeeze, and less draining happens (no lifting of the bag either), the result is that more wort stays in the grains and less of it is going to the boil -- to counter this, at the end of the boil I loss far less wort than before (far less trub gets to the boil) and in the end my EIF is higher than it used to be. In addition to that I later squeeze the bag, decant that worth and save the "clean" part for yeast starters.
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