I’ve brewed about 25 extract kits. I have always followed the directions exactly and filled pot with 2.5 gallons water for the boil. Because of evaporation sometimes I have needed to add more water to carboy for top off. This usually reduces my OG. (I usually brew lower alcohol beers and this has sometimes made the beer taste watered down)
I don’t want to do a full boil (and have read some of those posts), but am thinking of starting with 3 gallons (or maybe even 3.25 gallons) for the boil.
BTW, the specific kit I’m brewing this weekend is the Breakwater Apricot Blonde Ale.
Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks!