I just got finished cooking a one gallon batch of pale ale that should have had an OG of around 1.51 but I ended up with a reading of around 1.030.
So why could this be and how can I prevent this in the future?
I did my mashing in a pot on the stove and the temp got pretty high in the very beginning by accident. Then I brought it down pretty well to the 146-152 range. I mashed out and dumped it into a strainer then spared with 170 degree water several times. I started my boil with about a 1.7 gallon volume and ended up with a little extra. Maybe 1.1.
So what could be the deal? What can I do to prevent this in the future?
Is it more about my temp control problems? If so, are there any tips on how to better control it? I've read about people getting coolers and pouring the mash in there when it hits the right temp. If that works it sounds like the easier way to go.
Anyway, sorry I'm such a newbie butnim a little frustrated.
Thanks for the help!