Brewed my 4th batch last night, Honey Kolsch (extract kit). Followed the recipe and instructions to a “T”, chilled my wort, placed my carboy in my cooler and filled with water and ice (standard beer cooler that immerses the lower half of my 6.5 gallon carboy). Aerated, and pitched yeast when wort was at 60-62 F. Immediately after pitching yeast, I realized I forgot to grab a sample to read my OG. Was able to insert my thief and not disturb the yeast. Pulled a sample and it read 1.030 (@ 60 F), which in my mind, is significantly lower than the 1.048 that the recipe suggests. I have calibrated my hydrometer and it is reading 1.000 in water at 60 F.
My questions are:
Any chance that since the lower half of my carboy was immersed and chilled to around 60 F, that the majority of the sugars in my wort had fallen to the lower, cooler half of my carboy and giving me a inaccurate reading of the batch as a whole?
Any suggestions on additives to bring my gravity up? Or should I just go with what I have?
I’m not terribly worried about the ABV. At the end of the day, I am looking for a nice crisp Kolsch that has great taste. If adding something to raise my gravity will compromise the taste, I would rather just have a good tasting low ABV beer. Any advice, insight, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.