The BV value is indicated in Brewmate by hovering the cursor over that panel.sounds to me like many are getting confused with the "balance value" and the "bu:gu" levels. Displayed as two very separate things in Brewmate.
A beer with a BU:GU Ratio of .9 for example would be considered quite hoppy, but a "Balance Value" of .9 would be VERY malt driven, and probably not have any where near enough hops.
An example: I have a 100% cube hopped Cascade recipe open in Brewmate at the moment, and the BU:GU ratio is .9, but the "Balance Value" is 2. something.
I dont think the software is way out but I am querying the BV for an Australian Pale Ale.I would think the software was way out.
Anything approaching 1:1 would be too bitter for the majority of styles.
IPA being the exception of course.
Balanced would be around .5 for most styles, with less being more malty, more being bitterer.
Funny, I'm the opposite. Numbers can't tell you what your palate and experience can, any more than they can in cooking. They can give you an indication of preferred levels, a reference point etc but there's no substitute, in my mind for learning about your ingredients and how to balance them or make them work together.Well thank you to screwtop, NickB and others.
After a few years of looking through the gurus recipes, Jamils recipes included, the BU : GU value has been mostly ignored.Its all been about OG , FG, grain bill, temps and yeast ect.
Why dont they specify the balance? Surely its just as important factor as anything else.
It seems alot is assumed if you use their grain bill and hop schedual you will end up as a USA national award winning brewer.
Even BJCP dont consider or publish BU:GU in their detail.
I think its an important componant to recipe formulation and overlooked as a valuable componant to any style.
Yes , I am a go by the numbers brewer. Screwy had me pegged as an engineer years ago, but for me thats how you know whats goin on, for better or worse. Artist I aint.
Give us a BU:GU on every beer I say.Valuable info surely.