Originally Posted by jknapp12105
Let's say you make a 5 gal batch, All grain. How do y'all get your 5 gallons? Do y'all steep your grains with 2.5 gallons of water, then add 2.5 gallons to cool? How do y'all do it to get a true 5 gallons of wart?
There are two basic ways to do AG. One is the traditional way, and one is brew-in-a-bag (BIAB). These have some variations, too, but the basic idea is the same.
In the traditional way, you mash your grain with about 1.25-1.5 quarts of water per pound of grain. So, if you have a 10 pound grainbill, you'd use 12.5-15 quarts of water in the mash. Then you sparge (rinse) the grains with clear water, to get up to your boil volume, usually about 6.5 gallons total for a 5 gallon batch. You don't add water once you are finished, you boil down the 6.5 gallons to 5 gallons of finished wort.
I don't do BIAB, so I'm not that familiar with the method so someone else will have to answer that!