Yes, my son and I duplicated techniques. We brewed at my house so he had to transport the brew to his house. He doesn’t have a basement so his wort was warmer and fermented more violently than mine.
Only other difference could be he had more trub. This beer was a fun brew tossing in almost 2# of pellet hops in small increments every 5 minutes.
I used my new-to-me Boilermaker with hop blocker. After cooling wort we swirled and let rest for 45-60 minutes. We went to drain the wort and nothing came out at all! Guess 2# hops was WAY too much hops for the blocker. We decided to use my auto siphon and started with his carboy they switched to mine after he had about 3- gallons thinking we would share the trub. OMG - there must have been 4 gallons of trubby/hoppy thick gooey wort that we couldn’t siphon. So next step went and got my strainer bags I use for my hop spider and filtered out most of the gunk. He ended up with a little more gunk than I. Even with all the issues it was a fun brewing day!
I did raise the temp of my wort to 70 deg F. Seems to be bubbling a little quicker.
I also have gravity reading questions. My refractometer is spot on with a hydrometer for unfermented wort. I use BeerSmith and there is an adjustment for fermenting wort using OG. If I do this I get a gravity of 1.016 but with hydrometer 1.038. Any ideas why the difference?