Bitter Bummer: My First Homebrew Failure?

After successfully brewing my first three batches of beer using pre-made kits, I wanted to make my fourth batch from scratch using a recipe from one of my homebrewing books. Because this was my first time making beer on my own, I decided to make something simple and cheap. I eventually settled on a recipe for Ordinary Bitter, a light English style. After finding a recipe to try, I scaled it down for my fermenter (around two gallons), ordered the ingredients online, and got ready to brew. Thankfully, the brew day went by without any major issues. However, when I went to measure the original gravity (sugar content) of the finished wort, I discovered a big problem.

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