Another (stupid) question here. Is it ok to add about a gallon of water to my carboy a day after the brew day? I JUST remembered that I forgot to top off my carboy up to 5 gallons after my boil and the wort has been in the carboy with air lock since about 7m on sunday. I would do it now, but it's not at my house. So my question is:
Is it ok to top it off on monday at about 3m? or is it too late and did I just make this ale too strong?
That didn't take long for me to mess something up (second batch)
1.050 isn't especially high for an OG by any stretch. You're probably looking at an ABV of ~5.25%...hardly any cause for alarm (for comparison, remember that Bud is 5.0%).
You can add water if you wish but you have to be sure that it is sterile. Either add bottled water that you purchase or boil your tap water for at least 15 minutes. Make sure the water you add is the same temp as what's in the carboy. Add it with no splashing (or as close to no splashing as you can).