Maybe my question is too simple for the regular Forum because no one answered, so I will try it on this beginner Forum:

If I read correctly, I should mix 1 gallon on water (8 lbs) to 8 lbs of sugar. First I am supposed to boil the water to kill any bad stuff in the water (supposed to keep the syrup from spoiling as quickly?), let it cool to 140 degrees and then mix the sugar into it. Sound right? How far ahead of using the syrup so you mix it up? And what kind of container do you keep it in for easy pouring? How long will the syrup last in a sealed I need to refridgerate it?

Thank you!