I've been homebrewing for the past few years and have primarily made 5 gallon extract kits and I've come up with a few questions with the process.
At what temperature do you steep the grains to?
Is there a reason that during the boil, only 2.5 gallons are used then later diluted with the other 2.5 gallons? Or is that for cooling purposes?
During the boil, is there a max temperature to avoid?
Also, I recently attended a beer making class and the teacher put his wort chiller into his stock pot about 10 minutes before the boil was done. Is that normal practice?
Is it practical to use a yeast starter for lower abv beers?
I appreciate all the tips or advice.