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Old 08-15-2009, 02:49 AM   #1
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Default Gotta Be A Better Way of Getting DME Into a Flask...

So I bought 2 five Liter Erlamyer Flasks about 3 weeks ago and have done 2 staters with them. Damned nice to have a step eliminated as far as transeferring the Wort from a Pot into a 1 Gallon Plastic Jug. But, I am at a bit of a cross Roads here. I can not find a way to get the DME into the Flask with out using something. And whatever I use, I always wind up with wet DME on the item I use to pour the DME into the Flask with (Funnel, Paper Tube, Aluminum Foil). Then I wind up adding about another 1/2 liter of water into the flask to get the rest of the DME that is stuck to the Funnel (what I have chosen) into the flask. Hence, my staqrter is not where I want it to be as I am now 1/2 liter over in the water department. What am I missing here? How do you add your DME to your Erlamyer Flask?


BTW, yes I do take the Flask off the heat prior to adding the DME.

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Old 08-15-2009, 02:50 AM   #2
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Try mixing the DME and water in an open container with a whisk and then pouring it into the flask.

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Old 08-15-2009, 02:54 AM   #3
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+1 on the simplicity of using an Erlenmeyer flask for starters.

I just pour the DME through a funnel into the flask while it sits on a scale so I'm measuring at the same time. Then I pour water through the funnel into the flask to pick up the DME still clinging to the funnel until I'm close to my target volume. Shake, shake, shake until it's dissolved (more or less), then top off to my target volume.

Sometimes I need to poke the DME through the funnel to get it to flow through, but other than that, it's pretty straightforward.

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Old 08-15-2009, 03:06 AM   #4
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Try mixing the DME and water in an open container with a whisk and then pouring it into the flask.
I mix DME and cold water in a pitcher, then pour into the flask.
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:17 AM   #5
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Try mixing the DME and water in an open container with a whisk and then pouring it into the flask.
...and that is exactly what I will do next time. Thanks!!!
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:49 AM   #6
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Um, not to sound too douchey here, but since you always end up adding that 500mL of water at the end, couldn't you just go 500mL short on the liquid, so after you add the 500mL, you're straight?

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+1 on the cold water whisk method

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I make sure the opening to the flask is bone dry and then pour the DME onto a paper towel, fold the paper towel in half so that you can use it like a funnel and slowly pour the DME into the flask. Add the water to the flask and swirl it up a bit. If your not using foam control I highly recommend it to prevent boil over.

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I found the same problem too, and found a quick solution. Fill a plastic cup with 1/2 to 3/4 of your total water, put it in the microwave for 1:30 min, and then mix in the DME. The hotter water will dissolve the DME faster, pour the mixture in the flask, and then you can just add the leftover water to the flask. That easy.

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noone else boils there starter? i usually boil the dme/water in a pot, cool, pitch, and pour into flask. am i doing it wrong?

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