I created a Hopville recipe with it, http://hopville.com/recipe/1239051/witbier-recipes/zymurgys-blunder, turns out 1.035 is what I should have expected with that grain bill. So .005 would be explained by poor steeping practice. My oats clumped together and I didn't do enough to break it up. After reading up on Carapils I don't expect it to convert any of the starches anyways.
As far as my readings, I confirmed the accuracy of my hydrometer before I started brewing.
Given all of the starch in the beer I'll probably to dump it. Perhaps I can cold crash and collect the yeast. Then I just need to re-buy the grains and I can do a round two.
Whenever I hear someone putting ice into beer to cool it down it makes me cringe.
Why is that? If he doesn't have a chiller it's the best option.
The idea behind that is that ice isn't clean, whether from your freezer or a store. I tend it believe that given my freezer conditions and reports I've seen on commercial ice. OTOH, if you can assure the sanitation of the ice, it's a great idea.
ice that you buy at the store has been sanitized via UV light. it's pretty safe, I used to do that alot before I had a chiller when I was doing extract. store bought ice should be perfectly safe.
don't dump it! at least taste it first. worst case scenerio is it gets infected but much more likely it will just be really clowdy which, for a wheat beer is not a big deal.
I can guarantee it is stratification. Whenever I hear someone putting ice into beer to cool it down it makes me cringe.
FYI CaraPils does not need to be mashed at all. Carapils is lightest of the crystal malts which makes it already converted technically. Also their is no difference in mashing and steeping. Keeping grains at a certain temperature with water is mashing whether you call it a steep or a mini mash. the only difference is whether you sparge or do not sparge. That has nothing to do with conversion of starches or not. The flaked oats are their to add body so no need to convert since you want the starch their. The technique is fine. That is why it went past the editors because it is correct.
Mashind v. steeping is more than just a temp/time issue, it is also an enzyme issue. carapils is goign to have little or no enzymes and flaked oats will have none so no starch will convert, had there been an additional .5lb of two row or something in there then that would be a different story, it would be mashing. as is no conversion is possible so it is steeping.