I am relatively new to home brewing (just did my 7th batch on Monday).
I had a quick question regarding gravity.
Each one of my brews I measured, had an incredibly high OG. Much higher than I anticipated or the BeerSmith calls for. Initially I thought I just hit the mother load, but I think I have discovered a flaw in my measurements.
I basically add the 3 gal of wort to the bucket after cooling and then top it off with 2 gal of water, with a good amount of aeration that occurs.
When I take my measurement though, I tap a sample from the spigot at the bottom of the bucket, which is probably not well mixed with the water, thereby giving the effect of a much higher reading.
My question is this: Is there still a way to guestimate/calculate a more accurate OG?
Any insight will be most appreciated!