Originally Posted by kh54s10
1) Yes, if you end up with too much volume and low OG the beer will be low alcohol and thin.
I assume you are not doing a partial boil and topping up. So you need to lower the amount that you start the boil with or increase the vigor of the boil. Also #3 you want to LOWER your boil volume not increase it.
2) You should get just a little over 5 gallons to end up with 5 into the bottles. A little loss to trub and a little to evaporation.
3) see above.
Lack of a vigorous boil will not keep DMS in your wort unless it is just barely boiling. Covering the pot during the boil will though.
If you start with less wort preboil and end up with the right volume and still have too low OG then you can search elsewhere, but getting the correct volume comes first.
Thanks for the advice. I did an experiment today where I split my boil into two seperate pots. even with each pot only holding 3.25 gallons, i still couldn't reach a good boil. I dreaded having to do this, but i'm going to have to make a heat stick. Making beer takes long enough, i would hate to endure 120 minute boils. Home Depot, here i come.