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Old 06-19-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I've been brewing with Briess DME which I bought 6 lbs at a time from my LHBS. This time I want to try to buy and stock about 50lbs of DME. At least I can see right away, Briess DME from online is not that much cheaper than my LHBS, but DME from other manufactures like Munton & Fison (UK), Cooper’s (Australia)... are a lot cheaper. Are the quality different? Any expericences with those DME you would share? Thanks.

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Old 06-19-2006, 11:12 PM   #2
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I recommend using the lightest (extra light) DME you can find for your base malts.

From an XL DME base you can add 1/4 lb Chocolate and whatever for coloring and flavor, etc.

I use Munton's.

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Old 06-19-2006, 11:23 PM   #3
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M&F works fine, and is widely available.

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Old 06-19-2006, 11:37 PM   #4
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M&F works fine, and is widely available.
My LHBS does not have it. Austinhomebrew.com does not have it. Only Briess! and it's like twice as expensive as M&F. I think I'll try MF. Thanks.
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My LHBS does not have it. Austinhomebrew.com does not have it. Only Briess! and it's like twice as expensive as M&F. I think I'll try MF. Thanks.
I can't imagine that you would taste too much of a diffeernce... just out of curiousity... just how much more is it? What are you paying for it?
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I can't imagine that you would taste too much of a diffeernce... just out of curiousity... just how much more is it? What are you paying for it?
I paid ~$4/lb Briess DME, while M&F only cost about $2.15/lb.
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I paid ~$4/lb Briess DME, while M&F only cost about $2.15/lb.
For a 1 pound bag... 4 bucks is about what I'm paying too... Not sure of the brand though.... still in the bag though so I can chck later...
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I wouldn't try a bulk purchase of a DME that you heve never tried before. I am pretty sure that all the commonly available DME's are of uniformly high quality, but you can get very different results from switching brands as each manufacturer's mashing process is different.
Try a small amount first. If you are happy with the results, go for a bulk purchase. If you're not happy, either adjust your recipe, or switch to another brand.

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OK, so I spilled a little DME on the counter yesterday and it was concrete this morning. How do you store DME to keep it from soaking up humidity (and don't tell me to put it in water with hops and yeast). SWMBO is far from pleased that I didn't clean it up.

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OK, so I spilled a little DME on the counter yesterday and it was concrete this morning. How do you store DME to keep it from soaking up humidity (and don't tell me to put it in water with hops and yeast). SWMBO is far from pleased that I didn't clean it up.
Yeah, I hate that, too. I just put mine in those gallon size freezer bags, and force the air out of them. It'll get a little crusty around the edges, but the bulk of it stays good and powdery.

I've gotten to where I hate dealing with the stuff. I need to start harvesting yeast so I don't have to make starters anymore.
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