Originally Posted by mosquitocontrol
When doing extracts the biggest cause of OG variance is the final volume. That is of course assuming you fully mixed the wort. The extract has a finite number of sugars and the steeping grains should be pretty much negligible. My guess is the recipe calls for 5.25gallons and you only topped up to 5?
Either way, nothing you can do about it now. And it shouldn't make a different at all.
The recipe calls for 5 gal. I'm not worried about it, after all it's only my second batch. It's got lots of hops so it will probably be tasty either way. The thing that puzzles me is that I had a similar result with my first batch, another NB 5gal extract kit. That recipe called for OG 1.050, beer alchemy said 1.059, and that's what I got from my first reading.