I have a OCD question for all. I brewed Brewers Best German Alt Beer.
I boiled using WalMart 2.5 gallon bottle drinking water on my electric stove. I did exactly how the recipe calls for, exact temps, exact boil, exact timing for boil.
Boil did rise a little in boil pot but never boiled over. everything went perfect. Cooled right down to 70F within an hour, placed wort in bottle bucket and added bottled drinking water to 5 gallon, put the bottle bucket on kitchen table and ferment bucket underneath I aerated the heck out of it. Took OG, Level was supposed to be 1.048-1.052, I got 1.044. What the??
Pitched Yeast, let it sit in primary for 3 weeks, never touched it.
On bottle day took FG got 1.011, What the?? FG was supposed to be 1.014-1.017
WHY? What causes the low OG and FG readings