Originally Posted by tdavisii
mash lauter tun was the bucket in a bucket. And no my noob self didnt account for water retention. Guess i should brew another batch to keep practicing
Get back on the horse. Your beer will be fine...just not as much.
I usually keep adding sparge water until I get at least 6 - 61/2 preboil gallons. You can always boil longer and bring that volume down.
Last week I boiled a little too long and ended up adding some spring water to the primary to bring it back up to a full 5.1 - 5.2 gallons (I account for yeast sludge I'm gonna leave behind). If your OG can handle adding some water to bring the volume up...why not. I was going for a session bitter so I didn't mind.