Originally Posted by Xcuzme
Per the instructions...I started out with 2.5 gallons to steep, mix the extract, and add the hops. The only thing I didn't do is add water over the grain bag at the end of steeping which would of added roughly 2 quarts or so. After cooling and adding to the fermenter, I mixed it with another 2.5 gallons and aerated. So, a total of 5 gallons minus what you lose to boiling (which surprised the hell out of me!). Would yall recommend using a little more more water for both the boil and the mixing in the fermenter??? If so, how much more??? Thanks again for the feedback!!!
What you really want to do is boil, and then top off to 5 gallons. As you stand right now, you're looking at 3.5 gallons of beer. It'll have more alcohol in it than you probably expected as it is more concentrated, but that's ok. Who doesn't like alcohol!
Think of it as making a 5 gallon concentrate and then adding to the appropriate level.