So, I am going to brew my beer VERY soon and I have red over the How-To-Brew by John Palmer. I have also read the Northernbrewer. I am just stuck on one part. I have decided to pick up a 7.5 Gallon kettle and want to brew a full pot rather then using 2.5 Gallons of wort and adding in water to make 5 gallons. I was thinking . .
In NB's instructions it says to use 5.5 to 6 gallons in the kettle and to use 15% to 25% less bittering hops (any hop additions during the first 30 minutes of the boil) than called for in the kit inventory - e.g., use 3/4 to 7/8 oz instead of 1 oz; all other boil additions remain the same. Now, is this really necessary? Why would I need to use less bittering hops?
Also, the 15 - 25% less doesn't include the fermentables like the wheat malt syrup or the wheat DME, correct? Its only talking about the additions, like the 1 oz of Sterling that comes in the kit to be added at the beggining of the boil. (60 minutes)