I am only posting this for informational purposes in case someone makes the same mistake I did.
I was in utter shambles about an hour ago. I did my first extract brew (the AHS Bass clone) and followed the instructions to the letter! The OG for this kit is supposed to come in around 1051. When I took my hydrometer reading for my OG, I came in at a whopping 1034.
I paniced and tried the usual tricks...put the tube in the freezer to get the temp down to 60F...shake the tube violently to de-gas it...etc. I think I may have gained another 2 points...that is it.
So what did I do next. I came here and searched for "low gravity". Thank God I found this post:
More specifically this...
"Most of the time if your gravity reading is off in an extract kit you didn't fully combine your wort and top off water."
That is exactly what happened to me. I just took another reading after I had pitched the yeast (i know this is a no-no but it was within 5 minutes after) and I now have a happy old reading of 1051...dead on!!!
Ahhhh..now I will be able to sleep!
Anyway, just wanted this is be more easily found by anyone in the future who has the same issue.