I have read many post here and watched video on You Tube trying to clarify a few things. I am new to the hobby of homebrewing but already totally addicted. I brewed my 4th batch this morning, NB Cream Ale. My first was a Coppers Wheat that I added raspberry extract too which turned out rather yummy :cheers: . I have a NB Irish Red and a Coppers IPA conditioning in kegs.
Ok, that’s enough brackground now to the questions: Reading the recipie it says to start off with 2 1/2 gallons of water, is this something that you need to accuratly measure? In the end you top off with tap water to 5 gallons so does it really matter that you start off with just 2 1/2? I am not getting the logic behind this so that is the reason for the question. Along the same lines here… Do you boil the wort for 1 hour with a lid or without a lid on your pot? Obviously without a lid you will lose some water but nothing really tells you which way to go here.
I want to go all grain as soon as I get my technique down and feel I really understand the in’s and out’s of what to and what not to do. Thanks for any and all advice.