I swear that either the home brew kits exaggerate their alcohol potential or my water is less dense than other people's. Every time I make a kit, my OG is noticeably off. For example, I made MoreBeer's porter kit the other day. Followed the directions to a tee; they say the OG should be 1050 to 1055. Mine was 1038.
I even left it out in the cold to get it down to 60 degrees. And yes, I have tried 2 hydrometers and they concur. So what gives? Do I just need to add more malt extract?
On another note, man I love these smilies!
They crack me up when I am trying to write a post.