Yep, another first batch-brewer with some questions about unexpected hydrometer readings.
Went the the brew store, chose a Mirror Pond clone recipe. The place was closing, so their inventory was low and they tweaked the recipe a bit. What I ended up brewing was this:
6 lb light malt syrup
1 lb dry light malt extract
1 lb great western 2 row pale malt
2 oz cascade (bittering)
1 oz cascade (flavoring)
1 oz cascade (aroma)
3 gallon boil
2 gallons cold in the carboy.
In the "first brewing" excitement, I pitched dry yeast before a hydrometer reading. The OG was 1.037. After the initial foam went down, I found I was a little low in the carboy, probably 4.75 gallons total.
It's now 4 days later, and I busted out the hydrometer again. 1.015. (It tastes nice.)
I've been reading the forums and Papazian's book a lot the last couple of days, and I'm not sure what to think about those readings. Are they right?
And thought-evoking tips and comments would be great.