I brewed up a 5 gallon batch of American pale ale yesterday which is bubbling away nicely in my fermenting bucket today.
Background, it was a kit put together by my LHBS based on the Brewers Best kit,
The LME was replaced with DME.The owner told me to download directions for the BB kit from their website and I could follow that.
On brew day I noticed he only included 1 oz of willamettes aroma hops and the recipe call for 1-1/2 oz. Not to worry, I just happened to have a 1/2 oz. pack of willamettes on hand so I added it at the appropriate time.
Once cooled I found my OG was a bit low at 1.048 vs the recommended 1.051 to 1.055. I tasted the sample, pretty hoppy.
Now to the questions;
1. Could the OG have been low due to the use of 6lbs of DME instead of the 6.6 lbs of LME the kit would have used?
2. Could the owner have only given me 1 oz of willamettes instead of 1-1/2 be on purpose dues to using DME?
2. will the additional 1/2 oz of finishing hops make much difference and will it be closer to what Brewers best intended or not?
Time will tell on the outcome but just curious about the discrepencies.