Newbie here. I brewed a batch or three (and good stuff too) a few years back then let it go.
Anyway I decided to try it again recently.
Went to a local brewstore and picked up a kit of Munson's Premium Lager, some equipment. Got some advice from the nice folks there.
So the kit is a "no boil", but the directions and the brewstore guy said to add extra sugar so I picked up a 1&1/2 lb package of LME. I cooked it up on Monday Sep first. I boiled some water and mixed the can and the LME in the fermenter with the hot water. Topped up to 4.5 gallons with cold water.
OG came out at 1.040 so I didn't add any more water.
Pitched the starter prepared the day before at 76*F, come back < 2 hours later and airlock is already bubblin. Next day and the day after, vigorous airlock activity, temps steady at 70-72 Thursday I come home and nothing. Temp had dropped to 68. I didn't have all my bottling stuff ready until Sunday.
Final gravity read 1.010, too high I think.
So I think I should have boiled the LME before I added it to the no boil kit.
Also I bought another kit after I brewed the first one, Munton's Nut Brown Ale, Connoisseur's Range.
what I want help with is how long should I boil the malt extract (I have another pack of the LME or a 22 oz bag of light dry malt extract I can use to add to this kit). The instructions just say "add 1kg sugar or DME" and in my defense I don't think it mentions anywhere to boil the extract.
Also will dry hopping in the secondary help with the sweetness?
I know most of the bitterness comes from hops added early in the boil and aroma later. But I really want to brew this up tonight if I can and I have no hops for the boil and the brewstore is closed until tomorrow. I don't need bitter and hoppy just enough to tame the sweet.