For my third attempt at this, I'm going to try an imperial choc. stout. I found a nice easy extract recipe, I just have a couple questions about the directions. There are steeping grains, and after the 30 minutes in the water the instructions tell me to "rinse them back into the pot with hot water". I was under the impression that was a no-no, because of dirty tannins. The second question is whether or not I should transfer to a secondary. I didn't think it was necessary in the first place, but the directions call for it. Finally, when adding the water to the fermenter to get to 5 gal., it actually tells me to add enough water to get it to 5.25 gal. That seems off to me because I thought if you were making a 5 gal. batch, why would you want 5.25 gal. in the fermenter? Probably no brainer's here but I'm not all that confident in my process yet. Any help is greatly appreciated.