So last night as my dad and I were preparing our holiday brew, we noticed something odd about the wort, as we added in the hops, they remained very thick and soupy. As we were transferring it to the carboy, we were only able to get roughly three gallons rather than the five that one usually gets from the kits. The siphon kept getting clogged because it was just so hoppy, so we sorta had to ladle the wort through a strainer to keep the rest of it from getting too much sediment.
At the three gallon mark, we reached the maximum specific gravity, and so we were wondering if because there's less liquid, should we use less yeast? We just have the one standard packet of Ale yeast that comes from the BrewersBest Kits, and the kit we used was HopNog 2011.
Any tips would be appreciated, thanks!