So I made a clone of Sam Adams’ “Old Fezziweg” I found at the link below:http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f37/samuel- ... ne-151047/
I made a couple of the modifications recommended in the comments to that recipe. For example, instead of 3 lbs of clover honey, I only used one. I measured out pretty much everything appropriately. I may have used a tad bit more dark LME than called for, since it was hard to exactly measure out the liquid (it came in 6 and 3.5 lb jugs).
Also, and I think this may be where I made a mistake, I did not do a full volume boil. I did partial boil of about 3 gallons, and then mixed with 2 gallons of chilled spring water to bring the total volume in the carboy to 5. The reason I did that was because I only use the ice bath method to chill the wort down, as my tap water this time of year is way too warm to use my IC properly. This way, my wort was about 60 when mixed with the cold water.
Anyway, the wort after the boil and after I chilled it was extremely thick and syrup like still. Not as thick as the LME from the jug, but still pretty thick. It did get a little thinner when I added the cold water, but it still seemed rather heavy. The OG measured 1.079, which is significantly higher than what the recipe calls for. I saw some break material in the sample, so I am thinking I may not have mixed thoroughly enough before I took a sample so the measurement may be off a little.
I had a 2L starter of the yeast that I stepped up. Within 6 hours I had a layer of foam and bubbling had started. I maintained a good temp around 66 or 67 degrees. I almost had to use a blow off tube. It’s been about 9 days. No more airlock activity but there’s still some movement and floating yeasties in the liquid.
I’m wondering if the thickness of this brew would pose a problem, or do the yeast take care of that as they eat up the sugars? My first few brews were ale kits from NB and were not thick like this when I put them in the carboy. Everything seems to be moving along as normal though, so I’m not overly concerned, just looking for opinions. It sure smells outstanding so far! Thanks!