I am in the middle of my first attempt at all-grain brewing. I'm using the Dry Dock SS Minnow Mild kit from Northern Brewer's Pro Series. It is a total of 7.2 lbs. of grains, which pushed the limits of what my strainer could hold on top of my kettle as it was draining and as I did the sparge.
I took a preliminary gravity reading before the boil started. According to Brewpal, at the 4.25 gallon volume my boil started at, I should have gotten 1.045 as my gravity. I actually measured 1.062 (temp corrected). Apparently, my efficiency was better than Northern Brewer calculated for.
Here's my question:
How much extra water should I add (beyond the 5 gallon target volume) in order to get to my 1.037 target OG? After I chill it and top it up to 5 gallons, I'll take another gravity reading before making any final decision to add more water. But I just wanted to throw this question out there before I get to that point.
I'm using a 6.5 gallon carboy, so there is a little room for evening things out before I get nervous about having enough headspace.
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