A new brewer here, hi all. I’m planning to make my first batch soon, and I bought the BCS- book and would like to try some of the recipes from it. I know I’m not the first one to ask about the batch sizes in this book, but even after searching through several of older posts, I’m still not sure what I should do with the batch size, that is how much water should I put into my kettle when I start?
the recipe says pre-boil volume is 7 gallons. If I start with 1 gallon where I steep the grains for 30 minutes, then should I top all the way to 7 gallons when starting the boil, and add the extracts there? Then I time the 60 mins and add hops and cool down etc.
I have a large 13 gallon kettle so I can do a full boil, it’s just that I don’t have a wort chiller, so I was thinking that doing a partial (half) boil would be easier to chill. But if I do a partial boil, should I then top the fermenter up to six gallons when I’m done?
I really feel that the closer I get to the brewing day, the more confused I get with all of this.