Second post here (after introduction post). I have all my equipment ready, and the ingredients for my first brew should be here on Monday. Just had a few quick questions.
I will be making 5-gallons of a pilsner using Muntons Export Pilsner Connoisseurs (3.3lbs), and Briess Pilsen Light DME 2 Lb. I have my trust "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" and am starting with their beginner recipe since I thought it would be best to do a simple, successful recipe to get some confidence under my belt.
I will be placing those ingredients in 1.5 gallons of boiling water for 45 minutes and then following the "standard" procedures for fermenting and such. Does that recipe seem to be ok?
Also, I picked up an ounce of Cascade Leaf Hops and was thinking about seeping them. Being my first time, how much time should I steep them at the end of the brew for a mild bitterness? Or should I not use them at all?
Thank you in advance for the help. It's great to have such a great forum.