I am brewing a 5-gallon batch of an extract wheat beer (bought the kit from Austin Homebrew Supply).
I followed instructions to a T, but my original gravity reading was 1.037 (actually 1.036 but adjusted based on the calibrated temperature of the hydrometer), while the instructions for the beer say it should be 1.043. Is this difference of .006 going to be a problem? I've done some basic batches before but this is my first time taking hydrometer readings.
My intuition tells me that if I added too much water, it might explain the lower OG. But after boiling/hopping/cooling the wort, the instructions said to fill it to 5.25 gallons w/ cold water, which I did. Wondering if I should have backed that off a little..?