Hi there, New to the hobby, just brewed my first batch and it didn’t go as planned. Looking for any comments to point out what I did wrong, what I could’ve done better etc. Brewed an Abbey Ale kit, all grains Biab. 5.25G Recipe called for Est. OG: 1.062 Estimated FG 1.015 Pre boil vol 6.25G Post boil vol 5.25 Recipe called for a mash at 150, my strike water was high and didn’t come down as expected so I mashed for an hour at 153 after some stirring to bring the water from 160 to 153. Pre boil gravity was 1.045 rather than 1.062. what did I do wrong here? What could I have done to get to the recipe’s 1.062? since my volume was now below the recipe post boil volume, I sparged to bring it back to the 6.5G volume. Boiled for an hour with lid closed and lost about half a gallon. Ended post boil with 6G. As for post boil gravity, I recorded 1.050....way off 1.015 recipe called for. Again, what did I do wrong and what could I have done better? I went from 1.062 to 1.050 is that even possible or is my gravity reading wrong? For full disclosure, I have a refractometer but it never recorded a thing so I used a floating hydrometer. my chiller is DYI 50ft 3/8, I thought it would be great to have it in a closed system, hooked to a pump in a cooler filler with water and ice. The mistake I made was to have the return in the cooler (closed system right?) since we just came off the boil, the return melted the ice in seconds!. I then switched to tap water running through it because at that time the water in the cooler was hot...something no one talks about in their videos on YouTube, lol Live and learn! tap water brought it down to pitching temp in 15 min. pitched the yeast starter and now it’s fermenting. What should I expect when I open it up in a month’s time? Or should I wait even longer? Should I even bother? i know everyone says you should start with extract first but I didn’t want to and here we are...lol I didn’t expect to be successful on my first one. I already have 3 brews scheduled for the very near future. I would like to get better and not mess them up so any constructive feedback you can provide would be greatly appreciated! next batches planned are witbier and Irish stout. Cheers!