I made my first all grain batch on Tuesday and after a few mishaps in the brewery things went well. Because i was using my bottling bucket with a heating element in the bottom
I ran low on sparge water. I also used 13 pounds of grain and about 5 ounces of hops
. After the 90 minute boil my kettle had about 5 gallons of wort. After running about 3.5-4 gallons through my counter flow chiller it stopped draining
. I looked in the kettle and saw about 1 gallon of total trub. Part of this is due to 5 ounces of hop PELLETS not in a bag (I don't know why i keep using pellets instead of whole) and other reason is because I did not recirculate the mash enough. After 3 quarts I thought is looked clear but I was wrong. After sparging a gallon into the kettle it got really clear. Now I know what 'clear' means. So should I top off to 5 gallons in the secondary or just let it go at a bit less than 4 gallons?