Hi all! After a 2-1/2 year hiatus from home brewing (I know, I'm awful. But I have continued my AHA membership!), I have returned. In the last two weeks, I've brewed three beers and kept coming up with the same problem.
I started with some extract kits to get back into the swing of things before I move on to AG, but I've noticed something: after I transfer the wort from the kettle to the fermenter and add some water, the target OG and the final volume are not what I think they should be. From what I remember, most recipes are for a standard five gallons unless otherwise stated. I've been hitting the OG, but the volume is just over four gallons. I think that it would be better to be at the OG rather than the volume. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?
Thanks for any insight!!!