Imagine this scenario. Not that I know anybody who's done this. Let's say it's hypothetical. You're brewing from extract. You cool your wort, transfer it to your fermenter, add your top-off water, and take a gravity reading. You discover that your OG is much lower than you expect. You shake the fermenter a bunch and take another reading. Still low. So you look at the recipe. You see it called for:
- 2.75 lb DME
- 6.6 lb LME
It's then that you realize that you brewed with 2.75 lbs of DME and 2.75 lbs of LME. You curse yourself for buying "fresh" DME that came in a bucket from the shop instead of just buying two 3.3 lb cans. You want to blame the bucket, but in the end you know you're just dumb.
At this point, with the wort chilled, transfered, and topped off to 5 gallons, but the yeast not yet pitched, would it be OK to bring, say, two quarts of water to a boil, add the other ~4 lbs of LME you forgot, boil it until it's fully dissolved, cool it, then add it to the fermenter? This seems like it would be a sort of late addition, albeit a really late addition. Would you do this? Should I have done this? I panicked... I mean my hypothetical character panicked and never thought of doing this to correct the OG until just now. It's too late now, obviously, but if I'd have done this would it have done more harm than good?