Originally Posted by beer4breakfast
Yes, you have to add more water to compensate when mashing.
What does that mean? Water to the kettle? Water to the top off? It doesn't matter at this point, as I stated in my post I only had a couple of hrs till brew time. I got no response so I went ahead. I added more water to my kettle and upped it to 2 gals. This is my third batch and I have to say batch # 2 went a whole lot smoother. The finished wort was like syrup. Everytime I tried to get a temp reading my thermometer was gunked up with thick wort.
I finally got it into the fermenter but even after using top off water to swish in my kettle trying to get all the wort out I still couldn't get it all. It was kind of like pouring extract from the can.
Well it's in the fermenter and now the wait.
My LHBS said that with the Oatmeal stout you want a concentrated wort thus the minimal water. Even though I added more water that bad boy was "thick."
About a hundred other things went wrong also.
I forgot to remove my bittering hops as well as my flavoring hops. When it got stuck in the funnel I remembered
So I ended up cooling my wort with the hop bags in there.
It would have been nice to get a reply before I started brewing. Actually it would have been nice to get a reply at all really.
Now it's wait and see.