Hi Guys.. I' made a batch of honey blond lager in the spring that worked well and am now trying my hand at an Irish Stout. I'm following a recipe from a local brew supply place and have all the ingredients. I'm going to brew this Saturday but really don't want to screw this up. I've attached the recipe picture below. Would you mind reading this and seeing if I have it figured out right? Thank you in advance.. FRANK! - night before treat 8.5 gallons of water with 2 crushed campden tablets and cover - bring 3 gallons of strike water to 149 degrees - slowly add the grains (mesh bag in the pot) and stir gently so they don’t clump together - keep the water at 149 for a full hour - lift out the bag of grains and let drain over the pot for a few minutes - maybe the water is now down from 3 gallons to 1.5 ? - put grain bag in a colander over the wort pot and pour on 5.5 gallons of sparge water - so 1.5 gallons left in the pot after seeping grains and added 5.5 now I probably have 7 gallons of water - bring the water to a boil and let roll for one hour - immediately when starts to boil add the Target hops - it’s the 60 minute marker - 30 minutes in add the Fuggle hops - after 1 hour of boiling take off heat and put in the pot in an ice bath sink to bring down the temp - let it cool down to between 86-92F as I’m using Nottingham ale yeast and that's the instruction temp - while cooling put yeast into 4 ounces of room temp water for 15 minutes to hydrate - take the OG and record wort temp when range is 86-92f temp and before pitching the yeast - pitch the yeast and stir - pour into carboy with funnel as will help it aerate - put on the airlock, place in a cool place and cover with a blanket to stay dark So how does that sound? Make sense.. My questions: 1 - did I get that right about 3 gallons of strike and then adding a full 5.5 poured over the grains before boiling? Sounds like lots if I’m looking to finish with 5 gallons. Because I have a mesh bag what if I just pour the 5.5g into the pot and then just pull up the bag and let water drain from it for a few minutes and done? 2 - is cooling with an ice bath in the sink ok or to much of a temperature shock? 3 - am I looking for a rolling boil or gentle boil? Seriously, thanks..