Originally Posted by Brewmaster_n00b
I don't have a hydrometer yet, I'm brewing by the seam of my pants as it were. I purchased an AG cream ale from NB and it didn't come with a recipe, only times to pitch. so I had to Google, youtube, and HBT everything else. I thought 6 gals would become 5 not 4 so I didn't realize the power of reduction.
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I'm still pretty new to brewing, just about a year. Maybe my comments will kick up some other more seasoned members.
Going straight to AG is pretty ballsy especially without a hydrometer. Get one soon because you'll want to check our FG to make sure your efficiency and fermentation all worked out before bottling. If something is off on the FG, you'll want to think through your brew process to identify what needs to be improved on. Without the hydrometer, you'll be shooting in the dark for 30-45 days only then to know if it's going to be anywhere close to good. But it's more than that. The attenuation between the OG and FG steers the flavor.
As far as adding water....I've read that some think it's okay but you'd want to boil and cool it to the ferment temp.
BUT for your first batch, I'd leave it alone and learn to leave it alone. It'll just be a bit stronger of a beer...maybe even better than you'd figure.