Hey guys. Today I brewed my first home brew ever. It was a 5 gal. Caribou Slobber kit made with the essential starter kit from NB. To my knowledge, everything went well. There is only one thing that I was worried about throughout the whole process. It took FOREVER for my pot to come to a boil. The instructions said to steep the grains for 20 minutes or until it reached 170 degrees. I would check about every 5 minutes and my boil only got to around 140 degrees at the 20 minute mark. So I took them out. Not only that, but my water took probably another 20 minutes or maybe more to boil. It felt as if the bottom of the pot was boiling, but the top showed very small bubbles.
I finally got the whole pot to boil, but then I added the extract. Removed the pot from the heat and added it. Again, another 15-20 minutes for it to start boiling again. It started visibly boiling on top around 115 degrees but it really never got any hotter than that. I always thought that water boiled at 120 degrees, but I could be wrong there. Do you guys think this could potentially be a problem?