The temperature outside has been in the upper 20s and dry. We poured inside our shop space with the truck backed up to our open garage door. When the concrete truck started to dump, the batch looked like meatballs coming down the chute. They were hard clumps of cement and would crumble when squeezed. The truck driver added some water and churned the mix until it smoothed out, and we poured our panels.
Cracks began to form during the curing process. The cracks are strongly correlated with the lines of the remesh. The mix was pretty soupy and easy to pour, so I have some reason to believe that too much water was added in the truck. I suspect cure temperatures in the shop were never much below 45 and up to 60 shortly after we finished.
We are trying to decide whether we should simply chalk our experience up to too much water or do the next batch without the remesh. Also, we planned to leave the concrete in our forms for our testing, so we did not put any kind of release on them. Is it possible that the concrete sticking to the sides of the form caused it to crack as it cured and shrunk? Any thoughts would be appreciated as we try to decide what to do differently moving forward. Many thanks.