Haha, yeah I was trying something different!
I mashed 90 mins @ 148 using 21.5 lbs of grain with about 6.3 gallons of water, batch-sparged, then did a 90 min boil, yielding 5.5 gallons in the carboy. OG was 1.090, last check was 1.084. I use this refractometer, which I'm starting to get the feeling is garbage:http://www.ebay.com/itm/RSG-100ATCc-Black-Brix-Beer-Sugar-Wine-Wort-SG-0-32-Refractometer-HOME-BREW-/370899538292?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item565b55d174
I have a 60-quart square igloo cooler that I use as a swamp cooler that holds temps pretty well... but I don't have a thermowell so I have to measure the outside water temp instead, hence the pitching 5 degrees so on the cool side. Temp has been at 64 since Sunday.
I've read stories that brewers have found crayons and other kid toys in their carboys, but I have a hose clamp around the carboy clamp to prevent that.