Originally Posted by aeviaanah
My first 1 gallon batch was an all grain ipa, it came out awesome
My second batch was a 1 gal all grain american wheat, it came out watery
My third batch which i am doing now was a 5 gallon extract with partial grain...It was a 5 gallon kit but i ended up with 6 gallons. I think I may have diluted it too much...I started with too much starting water. Didn't lose as much as planned during the boil. I used calculators to figure starting boil which was 6.5 gal, possibly I need to boil more aggressively. OG came out 1.043 and Test1 gravity at 11 days is 1.014. Im going to give it a few days to finish up but another disappointment. Ill keep trying!!
You say your OG was 43, what was the recipe OG value?
Some recipes will give you an expected pre-boil gravity baed on batch size (all software-based recipes will) which is a very useful tool for getting the kettle volume correct.
It is also helpful to take the time near the end of your boil to do a gravity reading and see how it compares to your target. If you are low just keep boiling or add a bit more DME, if you are high, add some water and keep going.
EDIT: This is a little tricky if you are going partial boils...much easier with full boils.
Give that beer a chance, it is very early in its fermentation.