Originally Posted by devaspawn
I gotta say I am kinda stumped. If you got 20 percent efficiency on the mashing of the grains that would account for it. That seems unlikely unless you only steeped. By any chance did you forget to add the DME or sugar? What temp was your hydro sample at when you took the reading. Are you sure your thermometer and hydrometer are properly calibrated. Also, I have found on only a few occasions if I get too much break material in my hydro sample it has dramatically effected my reading. Just spitballing trying to figure out what this could be. You could boil up another lb of DME I suppose and add it. You could just pitch. You will still have beer when all is said and done.
Thanks devaspawn. The sugar definitely went in there. I didn't take the temp of the wort at the time of the hydro sample, but it should have cooled to around 80-85 degrees at that time.
I'm not sure my thermometer and hydrometer are properly calibrated. I tried calibrating my thermometer last weekend, but I'm not sure it stuck. I think its time for another one.
I didn't realize that one could calibrate a hydrometer. How does that work? I wouldn't be surprised if it was off though, my readings on my first couple of batches all seem to be a bit lower than expected.
I went ahead and pitched the yeast. I didn't want to complicate things any more... and figured it would be a good learning case that would help me get closer to my target next time.
...and like you say, the beer will probably be very drinkable.