New to brewing and have a few extract kits under my belt which has raised a few questions for me that i was hoping this amazing (and seriously helpful) forum could help me with:
- Per instructions boiling ~2.5gal but i seem to have a little trouble getting a good rolling boil on my rather weak stovetop. i have been wondering:
- will a “lighter” boil like this impact the brew?
-if so would it make sense to boil a bit less water (say, 2 gallons) and what if any impact that would have?
Have tried to dig around on the forums and believe I’ve read that water amount can impact IBUs, how the hops are utilized, etc but havent been able to find anything that has made sense to me yet on this point. I plan on getting a turkey fryer to brew outside and do full boils/partial mash eventually but for now this is what i gots.
- Yeast starter - anyone just pitch two yeast packs and skip the starter or alternatively buy two packs and measure out appropriate amount per the online calculators? curious if there is a distinct advantage to starters besides saving some money.
Much thanks -