I brewed my first batch in 20 years. Kids moved out of the house, have some time (not really), but made time today. Wow, I miss that brew smell! Did it in the garage, mmmmm, mmmmm.
Anyways, used the Mosaic kit. First issue I had was I need a thermometer for steeping the grains. Water got above 170 for a bit. Not too concerned about that. Everything else seemed to go ok. When I racked it into the carboy, took the OG reading it was 1.062. The instructions say it should be 1.070.
Still figuring all this stuff out. Am I right in saying the beer will be a lower abv when finished? Taste will still be good I’m guessing?
Could it be I added too much water?
One thing I’m a little confused about is taking the temperature of the wort to pitch the yeast. Right now, I only have a 5 gallon pot, so I only boiled 3 gallons of wort. I put 2 gallons of water in the carboy, racked the wort in when it was about 80 degrees. The water was in the garage, so it was chilled, about 45 degrees or so. I hope to upgrade to a bigger pot real soon, but in the meantime, any suggestions on the temperature thing? Are the stick on thermometers accurate? If so, do you wait until the wort cools to the right temp to pitch the yeast?