I used this recipe exactly:
A few questions/areas of mistakes that I need some clarification on:
Poured 6 gallons of 165 degree water onto grain. Temp was 140 when I measured, so I added a quart or 2 of boiling water and brought it up to ~150. Then it sat for an hour. I drained 3.5 gallons of wort out. (Here's the second mess up) I figured I need 3 more gallons, so, while waiting the 1 hour, I heat up some more water to ~ 170. I then add that after draining the first 3.5 gallons. I wait another hour and drain off that for a total of 6.5 gallons of 1.04 SG wort.
1. Since I lose 2.5 gallons to grain and dead space, can I just use 9 gallons of water in my Lauter tun and collect the 6.5 gallons to begin with?
2. My Lautre tun has a sparging nozzle at the top, so would it be better to do an hour with the initial 6 gallons and then sparge the additional 3 gallons next? (Or do I need to do 8 gallons and 1 gallon sparge, e.g.)
3. OR, is what I did ok and it was just my initial strike temp was low and my volume was a little high compared to the recipe and that is why my SG is low?
I know this a rambling message, sorry. But, I want to do a different batch in a few weeks before it gets too cold out! Cheers!