Originally Posted by JesseL
Thank you for the help! Another question: As I'm used to boiling 3-4 gallons and then adding water to get 5 gallons before pitching my yeast, I'm uncertain what starting volume I should aim for before the boil. Some sources say 5.5 gallons, others say more. It's hard to predict how much is going to evaporate away during the boil. How much wort should I start with?
When you start with 3-4 gallons, how much do you boil off? Is it the same pot?
Generally, planning on boiling off about 1 gallon an hour is a good guess, and figure about .5 gallons to trub losses and deadspace. When I brewed on my stovetop, I started with 6.4 gallons to end with 5.25 gallons. With my bigger system, I boil off a bit more.