Originally Posted by sanigav7
To be honest, I didn't use a recipe. I just kinda jumped right in following the books I'm reading and going straight from the cans (since it was already hopped).
And to be honest, I already know what I'm going to do next...use unhopped and steep my own.
Oh right, you did say you used a pre-hopped extract. Well, I'm sure the beer will turn out fine and the difference in gravity readings was probably water and wort not mixed 100% (don't worry ~ it's really difficult to mix water and wort perfectly to get an accurate reading).
If you're planning to use unhopped extract next time to brew your own just make sure you have a pot big enough to boil the volume you want! A lot of kits are scaled at 2.5 gallon boil and add water to 5 gallon, with hops according to that volume. The reason for this is the utilization of hops changes with the amount of water you have. If your kit is to boil 5 gallons of wort and you choose to boil 2.5 gallons, your beer will not be as bitter as the recipe calls for!
Either way, enjoy your beer!