I've been pretty much lurking here for the past month, long enough for me to get the bug, buy a starter kit and start brewing. I have an amber a week from bottling that I bought from More Beer. I also bought a Blond Ale kit for the second go which is going as I type.
From every thing I read a full boil is better than a partial boil, so I stopped by a home brew supply store on my weekend road trip and bought a chiller. Well I just got back from the trip and started the batch. I figured I would lose around a gallon in the reduction so I started with six gallons of water. What I didn't take into consideration is the 7lbs of LME which was around a gallon. So now I'm starting with close to 7 gallons of liquid.
My question is, should I reduce the wort to around 6 gallons before I add the bittering hops, or should I add them now and boil till 5 gallons is achieved? My guess is that I only want to boil them for an hour.
Also, if the recipe calls for 1 oz bittering hops for a partial boil, How much should I add since I am doing a full boil. My goal is to have an easy drinking brew for the wifey that isn't too bitter so she is as stoked as me with brewing good beer.
Thanks for such a cool place to hang with a good beer