I'm still new to the homebrew world, but for my next batch I am planning on experimenting with raising the gravity (adding more alcohol).
I picked up the Northern Brewer 'Bavarian Hefeweizen' kit today, which includes
-- 6 lbs Wheat malt syrup split addition (60 and 15 min)
-- 1 lb Wheat dry malt extract late addition (15 min)
-- 1 oz Tettnang Hops (60 min)
-- WYEAST 3068 WEIHENSTEPHAN WHEAT.
Under advice from the store associate, I added 1 lb of Belgian Candi Sugar (blonde), an extra 3 lbs of malt syrup and an extra lb of dry malt extract. I also grabbed another oz of hops and an additional packet of WYEAST.
Basically, I am doubling the recipe except for the syrup. The thought is that it would help better balance the sugar, and add more fermentables for my two yeast packets to feast on.
My question, is does this sound like a bad idea? On my way home from NB I started doubting how well this will work. The guy/girl at the store both think it's an 'interesting experiment.'
Am I about to waste $50 in ingredients or should I give it a go?