My IBUs are way too low. Not sure what I am doing wrong??

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  1. Paul Schiele

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    My IBUs are all over the map. Sometimes when I'm creating a new recipe they are what I want. I'm editing a recipe today and my IBUs are way to low. I looked around for a setting to tweak buy can't manage to get them to make sense. I feel like I'm missing a setting in my profile.

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    Example is my current amber ale recipe -
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    Possibly the boil temp needs to be filled in? I don't think you need to put in the utilisation percentage for boil as that should default to 100%, but it may need an actual number, instead of that suggested 212F.
     
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    Looks like the temperature is grayed out
     
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    I'll also add to the above and say to be sure and use the proper bittering units for your hops and not the generic number the software gives.
    I have played around a lot with hop utilization and have gone down to 75% and felt that was a hair to low giving me more ibu's than I wanted. I have since adjusted up to 80% and find that to be a pretty good setting for my brewing equipment. I'm also over 5000 feet above sea level so my boiling point is different and I think that lower boiling point also is a factor in hop utilization, but I could be wrong.
    This is what works for me.
     
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    Are the pre and post boil numbers correct?
     
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    That's way too low for that hop bill. What do you have for altitude in your profile? I brew at around 6,000 feet and before the elevation setting came around, was getting beers less bitter than they should be. Of course, I never missed by the degree yours is missing. What's your boil size - are you accidentally off by a couple orders of magnitude somewhere? Your IBUs look to be off by at least that much.
     
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    I have 0 feet in this profile. It's strange. I send a copy to support as well but have attached my recipe. I played around with adding boil temps and forcing 100% utilization. Probably user error but I noticed this behavior on another recipe too.
     
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    Did you check the hop utilization setting in your My Inventory page?
     
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    I’m digging into this now!
     
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    Can you give me a link to the recipe? When I look into your account, I see this:
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    And in that recipe, there simply aren’t enough hops to get a bigger IBU measurement in an 11.5 post boil size batch.
     
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    Also, in your screenshot you have the hops utilization set for 1%- that’s a huge issue. Take that out of your profile, and it will be corrected.
    Here’s where I mean:
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    Remove that (I’d suggest the default for now) and you should get better predictions.
     
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    I believe so. I mucked around with all the settings i could find and it didn't move the usage at all.
     
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    Yeah, I saw the 1% utilization as well. That's about two orders of magnitude low and as Yooper said, should correct the issue.
     
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