Just brewed the partial mash Surley Bender kit from NB. First time brewing partial mash. Anyway, according to the instructions/forums I’ve seen, OG should be around 1.060. I hit right around 1.051. Now I know this isn’t super low, but wondering why I didn’t get closer to what the recipe says I should have gotten. I have a couple thoughts:
- Brain fart moment- after the mash/sparge, I only filled the kettle up to 3 gal instead of 3.5 or 4 to account for evaporation- ended up around 2.25 gal and had to add a good amount of water to get back to 5
- ground up the grains about a week before I brewed- could I have lost some effectiveness because of that? (don’t think so)
- First time sparging- maybe I screwed up? Poured sparge water over grain bag but definitely didn’t hit it 100% like i would have liked to.
Any thoughts? Overall, feel like it was a successful brew day- had a great time doing this partial and think I’d like to go to full grain as soon as I can.