So today I attempted my hand at a non-beerkit. I got all the fixings for a porter style beer. Got my grains, my hops, my liquid yeast and followed the instructions I received from the guy at the shop.
Everything was working great, lots of good smells, good color. But when I finished the boil (after 60 minutes) I noticed there wasn't a whole lot of liquid left. I started with at least over 2 gallons of liquid for my boil. So I didn't think much of it (being a noob) and filled the rest of the fermenter with water. Taking the reading for the specific gravity, my sample looks very... light. And the reading is 1.016 for the starting gravity. Im thinking I did something wrong so here is my process...
Boiled the grains in a pot of water, approx 1 gallon of water at 155 degrees for 25 minutes. Then strained the mix into my wort (that had my hops, malt extract and about 1 gallons of water). Boiled for 60 minutes, adding in irish moss during the last 15 minutes and adding the half of hops after the boil and letting them sit for 10 minutes.
Thats the basics of my process. But the beer looks light, and the reading is really low. Im not one to worry, but something just doesn't feel right. Any ideas?