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Old 06-20-2006, 10:14 PM   #1
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I'm planning on picking up one of those 55 Lb bags of DME, now heres my question...
I was planing on getting extra light and using it as a base for all my recipes and i was wondering if a recipe calls for lets say amber DME can i achieve the same results using Extra light DME and steeping specific grains to achieve the flavor and color. or does the difference in breakdown of different malt extracts mean i must use those malts if i want to stick within the guidelines of a recipe. oh and if grains can be substituted does anyone have a link to a chart or good reference on what substitutions will achieve what, oh and I have thumbed through the conversion of all grains to extracts PDF thats been posted a few times and at first look did not see what i was looking for but haven't had time to give it the thorough read it disserves so i apologize if its in there.

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Getting a box of extra light DME is the same as getting a sack of 2-row pale. You can always use specialty grains. Palmer has an amusing little chart:

To help get your creative juices flowing, here is a rough approximation of the recipes for the common ale styles:
Pale Ale - base malt plus a half pound of caramel malt,
Amber Ale - pale ale plus a half pound of dark caramel malt,
Brown Ale - pale ale plus a half pound of chocolate malt
Porter - amber ale plus a half pound of chocolate malt,
Stout - porter plus a half pound of roast barley.

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I'm planning on picking up one of those 55 Lb bags of DME, now heres my question...
I was planing on getting extra light and using it as a base for all my recipes and i was wondering if a recipe calls for lets say amber DME can i achieve the same results using Extra light DME and steeping specific grains to achieve the flavor and color.
Thats the idea You know you might want to check out some software. I dont know of a chart of what you speak of... there are color guides malts though in books. I hve been playing with ProMash and it gives you an approximation of the color you will get with diffeernt additions of grains. The eval version of ProMash lets you save a few and does not expire after a certain period.. meaning you can use it for different recipes just not save them.

http://www.promash.com/
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Old 06-21-2006, 02:44 AM   #4
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thanks david that helps alot, ill have to take another look at plamers book and see if i can translate it directly into malt types.

as for promash, i have it but find it incredibly confusing im gunna have to curl up by the fire with the user manual some day

thanks for the quick replys guys, if i can break it down into a spredsheat ill post it for the rest of ya

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thanks david that helps alot, ill have to take another look at plamers book and see if i can translate it directly into malt types.

as for promash, i have it but find it incredibly confusing im gunna have to curl up by the fire with the user manual some day

thanks for the quick replys guys, if i can break it down into a spredsheat ill post it for the rest of ya

-jake
Sounds like you did not do the tutorial yet. In the help section there is a cool tutorial that will makes things make a lot more sense.
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