Could my hydrometer be wrong????? I read all these recipes in books and online which call for, IE 5.5# of LME and a pound of grains with OG's of 1.050.
My standard brew is a brown ale, "working man's brown" I call it. It's 8.5# of Light LME, 1/2# carapils, 3/4 pound of crystal (40L to 60L) and sometimes 1/4 of 120L Crystal. Hops are usually pretty liberal......5-6 ounces of varying types. My OG's almost always come in around 1.054 +/- . Does that sound low? I am taking my readings with wort, pre pitch, cooled to 60F. FG ends up around 1.010 - 1.020. Yeast is 1056 American Ale.
Are other peoples OG's overstated???? What do you think?