Okay, so I’m baffled. I got the process going fairly well. I may have siphoned the liquid from the grain a little too fast (so it’s a little cloudy) but the mash temperature was perfect, and the iodine test showed that all the starch had been converted.
So why was my gravity half of what it could have been? in other words, my “brewhouse efficiency” was 50%, when it’s more normal to be 65+?
Egads. Anyway, I’m learning a lot. It’s boiling away and the plan is for it to boil a few gallons off. That’s good, because the gravity will rise. However, it will still be lower than I expect. I may add some DME, but I might just ride it out and call this a strong ale.
It’s all about learning, right?