So today I woke up early, excited to brew my first Scotch Ale. I had pulled the recipe off byo.com http://www.byo.com/stories/recipeind...otch-ale-clone
Everything was going great. I have a large brew kettle, so I did a full wort boil. Chilling went great, down to 75 degrees in 12 minutes. Transferred to primary and went to check the OG when I found out instead of being the 1.074 the recipe called for, it was 1.042. As you well know, a Wee Heavy is nothing without it's ABV, so I was nervous.
This is the second time I have used a recipe off of BYO.com and the OG has come out well short of it's mark. The first time was a an Imperial IPA that should have been 1.08 and came out 1.05.
With my chilled wort in the primary already, I frantically seared the interwebs for a solution to this problem. On the forums I found someone who said you could raise the OG of your beer 45 pts for every 1lb of DME per 1 gallon of wort. I had a little extra DME laying around so I added it to 64oz. of water, boiled it, chilled it, then added it to the primary. I was able to get the OG up to 1.060.
I'm really confused as to why I can't get these recipes up to their stated OG. Is it something that I am doing? I took very detailed notes of my processes so any questions fire away!
Why do the beer gods hate me?! How do I fix my OG problems or is the problem with the recipe, as this is the second time i've had this problem?