Originally Posted by BendBrewer
You need to BEGIN with the end in mind and use the correct amount of water to begin with. It would be better to be forced to boil longer than an hour than less than an hour to insure proper hop bitterness. And don't be afraid to use a little top off water to hit your volume if your gravity reading permits it.
Are you saying I should begin with my final target volume of 5.5 gals of water, then boil, add ingredients, etc., until I'm back down to my final target volume again of 5.5 gals... adding top-up water if needed in order to meet the required boil time?
I understand that it's OK to boil a little longer than the recipe states in order to boil off some of the volume if needed.
I'm still contemplating the gravity numbers vs. volume statement you made too.
Sorry for the n00b questions. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this.
Thanks for the help!!!