Thank you all for the feedback.
I have not tried this recipe, but I did try the Hula Hopped and I LOVED it, although I failed to put the coconut into a mesh bag during fermentation. Huge mistake.
I tend to go high in volume on my strike water, about 2 quarts per lbs, but skip a full mashout because I’d have to add too much water to get up to 170 - I may add a gallon to 1.5, so net about 7.5 to 8 gallons in my mash tun. I need to recalibrate my pot for volume, maybe i am boiling less than I thought. I tend to hit the kit OGs, but tend to end up right at 5 to 5.25 gallons by draining every drop of liquid into my fermentation bucket. My boiloff rate is also about 1 gallon per hour in summer.
It sounds like I should cut down on my strike water qty, mash out with boiling water addition, and make sure I account for the water lost to absorption.