Originally Posted by allanyork
So by me adding an extra .010 to the original gravity I ruined the beer?
Well, adding the first bit of sugar was bad enough (next time, use malt extract instead of the sugar). I think they tell you to add 1 kg of sugar? That's already too much, to be honest, but it makes the kit cheaper than if you buy more extract.
Then doubling the amount of sugar means that the "beer" isn't even made mostly out of malt- it's not going to taste all that great. It might be a bit cidery in the finish, without a good malt flavor like beer has.
It's entirely possible that your OG reading is incorrect since it's hard to mix up sugar and water and extract that well.
If you made 23 L of this concoction, the OG is 1.053. It has to be- the sugars in the malt extract are fixed, as is the amount of fermentables in the pure sugar. It will be about 6.5-7% ABV when it's done. That doesn't mean it will taste good- but it will have alcohol in it.
Think of it this way. Say you are making spaghetti sauce, but only have one can of tomato sauce (1.5 Kg). But you want a bigger quantity, so you add 2 Kgs of chicken broth. That might make more sauce, but it won't make it better sauce.
The same is true with this beer kit- you can make more alcohol in it, but it will not improve the quality or the flavor. Each "boost" will water it down by adding alcohol and taking away malt flavor (just like adding chicken broth in a large quantity to the spaghetti sauce).
For now, I'd recommend just leaving it alone and make a new plan for next time.