Brewed a batch of Christmas Ale yesterday and had what I hope is not a major problem. I used 1 1/2 qts of water for 1 pound of grains (14.5 lbs) for my strike. Using a new boiling pot, my measuring stick would not work, so I had to guess at my volume. When all was said and done after my second running and boil, I ended up with just a little over 4 gallons. Does this happen sometimes? My absorption rate seemed normal with my strike water, and my sparge water seemed to be enough to get to a 6 to 61/2 gallons, but that didn't happen.
Is this batch going to be ok?
On a side note, this recipe call for adding a pound of sugar or honey at the end of the boil........You got it.........I forgot to add the honey. Is this now a forgotten ingredient or can I add it at a later time. It's been in the primary since last night. Thanks everyone.