First time post and have questions. I was a long time all grain 5 gl batch brewer but gave it up a couple years ago and sold all my equipment. Now I got pulled back in but want to down size to 2.5 gl extract batches which will give me more room and a quicker brew day.
I’m thinking of just basically cutting 5 gl batch recipies in half but I want to boil the whole 2.5 gl, use a chiller, ferment in a 3 gl carboy and keg in 2.5 gl corny. Here are some questions.
How much water should I start with for a 60 minute boil and is it even nessessary to boil that long? I was thinking 3.5 gl.
Will hop utilization be more or less with the lesser amount of wort boil?
What about mix matching light, amber, dark and other extracts instead of steeping grains? Sounds like extracts are a little better than they use to be and there is more detail of they’re ingredients.
Thanks for any tips