So I brewed a batch last night "Cinco De Mayo" Brew My og should have been 1.045 - 1.052. It turned out to be 1.022
3.5 Ib LME
1 Ib DME
1/2 oz hops last 3 mins of boil
the reading was taken after the boil, wort was put in 5gal & water added also.
The kicker is I had already cooked the wort by time I remembered I broke my thermometer after the last batch so temperature was unknown Id say in the range of 70F - 80F
Maybe next brew I'll try no to so much before I cook LoL, do you think I didn't have it mixed well & had a watered down reading. I try to stay out of my beer to reduce risk of contamination but do you think i should check it today?
Based on your extract additions, your OG should be 1.033 in 5 gallons.
You would need >7 gallons to dilute it down to 1.022. You probably didn't mix the top off water well causing an inaccurate hydrometer reading.
To hit 1.050 you would need about 6 lb LME + 1 lb DME
Assuming the 1.033 OG and good attenuation this batch should be about 3% ABV.
Sorry I'm a complete noob. This is my 4th batch that's basicly american light 20 min boil kit but I went to brew store to get the ingredients seperate this time. One batch was 1.045 and I had another at 1.055 from identical kit. The yeast is different from the kit its sae05 american ale I think. I cooked the wort for 30 mins after 3.5 galons of water was boiling took it off heat added the lme & dme put on for 30 mins added whirfloc tablets after 15 mins and tossed in pellet hops last 3 mins.