I just did a Belgian White Partial Mash kit:
-3# of grains
-4# of wheat DME
I did a partial boil and added top off water at the end in the carboy.
I mashed at 155 for an hour in 2 gallons of water. I sparged at 170 for 10 minutes in approx. 1 gallon of water.
After adding my top off water, the carboy shows darker coloring on the bottom and slightly lighter in the middle to the top.
I took a gravity reading off the top of the carboy after adding my top off water using a turkey baster and it came in ridiculiously low, 1.031 and the sample looked much lighter in color than the entire carboy. The kit says you should be around 1.048.
Did a search on another forum and found this thread on a similar experience: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f37/way-off … ing-46868/
My question is, does the extract sink to the bottom then get mixed during fermentation? I am used to my old Coopers fermenter with a spigot at the bottom for taking OG readings.