So I just did my first extract brew (well I did one about 3 years ago but this is the first one since then) and I have some concerns. I'm making the extract White House Honey Ale kit from Northern Brewer with specialty grains.
I started with 6.2 gallons of water but due to boil off i actually ended up around 4-4.5 gallons. My OG was 1.065 and I was targeting 1.062 but I'll attribute the higher OG to the boil off. I'm worried that after I rack off the trub I'll only have about 3 gallons of beer. Should I still rack to secondary or just bottle after 2-3 weeks in primary? Is the low volume something to be worried about?
I'm also worried about all the junk that ended up in the carboy. During the boil I noticed a lot of chunks floating around after I added the DME, LME, and hops and now its all settled in the carboy. I'm also worried I steeped the specialty grains incorrectly and maybe that's causing it. The instructions said to leave them in until the temp reached 175F. so I did that but they seemed mushy and I'm worried I just got unconverted starches and those are just floating around now.
Thoughts? Will it still turn out OK. Everything else seemed to go pretty well.
Primary: Sour Brown
Secondary: West Flanders Red, Golden Sour, Saison Brett #2 with Brett custersianus and Brett naardenensis, Saison Brett #1 with Brett bruxellensis
On Deck: 100% Brett IPA, West Flanders Red #2 with ECY BugFarm