Originally Posted by CDGoin
It had a lager style yeast, the kit said you could do it both ways (So maybe there is a yeast that can work both ways..?) This is the kit I used
Could I have kept it at the 1.075 range at 5 gallons and been OK. I was concerned the OG was too high.
Depends on the dry yeast. Something for a california common could go either way but still you're talking cool ale temps for best results. A true lager yeast is best kept in the 50's.
Kits tend to be about 80% of what you need to know to make drinkable beer, without a lot of equipment or a book of procedures. For example, most people here would not recommend pitching dry yeast directly into wort (though many do, and I have). The next level of details you can get on this forum, like what to expect from 2lbs of honey in the boil. Might dry it out.
OG is style related, but also personal preference. If you like it, drink it. If you are brewing for competitions, follow styles. So, 1.075 is somewhat up to what you like. It will ferment, just be sure you can add enough oxygen for bigger beers and use yeast pitch rate calculators.
Worst case, you lose some ingredients, and change things for next time.