Posted this to another forum, but hoping I can get more advice...
I brewed my second batch ever yesterday - it was great, cackling around the kitchen like a mad scientist all afternoon. This morning when I went to work the yeasties were doing their thing, bubbling merrily along. I thought it was coming along quite well.
Then I got home this evening from work, and my wife casually mentioned, 'you know for a lager it seems kinda dark'.
Hmm, now that you mention it, it does. And now that you mention it again....there seems to be a lot of room in that 23-litre FV for what is supposed to be a five-gallon batch.
Yep - I completely forgot to top up to five gallons. The recipe is to boil six liters for an hour with the hops, add 8 liters to the FV, add the wort, then top up to five gallons. I didn't do that last step. As a result, I have about 15 litres of what should be a five-gallon batch.
Soooo - is it too late to anything? The yeasties are bubbling away, so I'm guessing I should just go with it and see what happens - any guess as to how it will turn out? Really really really strong and high alcohol content? Will it be drinkable? Anyway I can add more water to the mix at some point?
Any help greatly appreciated!!