Originally Posted by ArcaneXor
There are a few possibilities:
1.) The wort was not well-mixed when you took the OG reading, or you didn't temperature-correct your reading
2.) You overdiluted the wort
3.) The kit shorted you on extract
Post a complete recipe, and we can check if #3 is the problem.
1.) I check my original gravity after it's been aerated by pouring it though a mesh strainer or siphon w/ holes punched in it
. If that doesn't mix it properly then I need to change something. I don't think it's the temperature correction and I checked the calibration of my hydrometer.
2.) I don't add any water at the end of the boil. I start with 7 gallons and end up with around 5, all of which goes into the fermenter.
3.) Here's the outline for my latest, the Travelin Man Ale (details omitted because I'm not sure on the rules for posting someone else's recipe)-
8 lbs Ultralight
13 oz various grains
2.5 oz assorted hops.
I know I loose some liquid when I pull the steeping the grains from my brew-pot, but I didn't think that it was this much. How much liquid do you need to lose before it affects the gravity?