Originally Posted by Yooper
1. I'd start with about 5.5-6 gallons since you don't know what you're going to boil off the first time. You can still top off to 5 gallons if you boil off more than you think, but you can't take it out! When you get a rolling boil going, add your first hops and set the timer for an hour and finish the boil at the right time. The hops are what are timed, so that's the important thing. Or you can do a test boil- boil water for an hour and measure how much you boiled off. Your boil off will be the same with wort or with water, so then you'll know how much to start with.
3. Yes. Put them loosely in the bag, so that they are not packed in. Use more than one bag if you need to.
Got my 11 gallon stainless steel pot and drilled a hole and installed the bulkhead and spout. Got my propane heat source, and I'm ready to go!
One question: I understand that it's the timing of the addition of hops that matters - but I've read a couple of threads on the forum that suggest that the amount of hops used in a partial boil recipe needs to be altered for a full-boil method. Less hops, I believe, to avoid making the beer too bitter. Would the Beersmith software allow me to convert partial boil extract recipes to full boil extract recipes in terms of adjusting the amount of hops used?
EDIT: Ah, never mind; you answered the question here
. Thank you for your help.