Originally Posted by ajeismont
Should I just forget the initial 1 1/2 gallons and boil as much as I can? I figured just adding straight water wouldn't do anything to help my OG problem. I'm looking into turkey fryers and keggles to avoid partial boiling right now.
Yes, in general, boil as much as you can. The beer will be better for it, with less "cooked extract" taste.
Also, consider adding at least half of the extract at flame out, instead of at the beginning. It will produce a lighter colored, lesss "extracty" beer as well.