Originally Posted by brewd00d
damn, thats right. i forgot you have to do a little math. it was 1.042 when when i started.
before i bottled it was 1.016.
what could i have done or what needs to be done in the future so it comes out a little higher than what i made?
Hard to say without knowing a bit more info... if it was an extract batch, then more DME/LME = More sugar = Higher starting gravity. (generally speaking, but it may or may not be appropriate per se)
Also, make sure you're using ALL the extract. If it's Liquid extract, put the container in a hot water bath to help get all the LME in your water and/or rise it with some of the hot wort to get all the extract out of the container.
If you're doing a partial boil, don't over-dilute (add to much water after the boil)...