Originally Posted by SpanishCastleAle
+1 and remember that if you account for the lost volume it will affect the OG, regardless of whether you add water to make up for the lost wort or just boil-off less. So if you made two identical worts but one had a bunch of whole hops and the other didn't, the one with the whole hops will have a slightly lower gravity at the same volume.
Thanks for the replies guys. Right now my kettle is only 3 gallons...just bought a fridge and will buy a Corney setup in the next couple weeks. So the brewing budget is a bit tight now. Going to get a larger kettle and propane burner asap!
Next batch with my current equipment, I think I'll try what I mentioned in the OP. I figure the less LME to get stuck/soaked up during the hop boil the better. It'll be a while, but I'll post back to let you know how it goes.