haha no problem about the caps lock/voice raise
I appreciate the feedback. I know you are correct, I just don't know why the damn mash was so thick at THAT particular setting. I don't have the space gauge yet, so I can't verify. But When I used the calipers at .05, it pretty much agreed there. Any smaller and I struggle to fit the calipers into the space to measure the distance. I know every system is different, but like I said, this baffled me that it was too finely crushed/too much flower to work when the setting was approx .0375. I will make sure to use the space gauge before my next brew.
I think what I might do is take all of this leftover/extra grain (a little over 1 pound), mill it to a number, and then throw it into my MT with some water to see if it gets stuck... just as a test. I may even use the same 0.0375 to see if somehow I made a mistake in the original mill. Once I get something that actually works, at least I have a baseline to start at. I also think I may want to add some rice hulls to the mash, just to be safe, but that is a topic for another day.