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Old 09-24-2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default Brewing Rules of Thumb & DME vs. Yield?

I've always been under the impression that when brewing you use one standard 3 lb. bag DME of per 2.5 to 3 gallon yield. For example, for my first batch, I used two 3 lb. bags of DME for a 5 gallon yield. I've made two "half" batches where I used fewer hops and just one 3 lb. bag of DME for a 2.5-3 gallon batch.

Is that correct for a rule of thumb or does it vary by the recipe or the ingredients used? I'd hate to be making smaller batches with one bag of DME if it weren't necessary.

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Old 09-24-2007, 11:01 PM   #2
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It depends on the style you are brewing. That amount of DME will give you an average starting gravity to get an ABV of about 5%. if the style is lower, use less. If you were doing, say a barleywine at 10% ABV, you'd use about twice as much.

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Yeah, I would say it depends on what OG you are trying to hit, which in turn depends on the style and your preferences.

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Okay, thanks for the explanation. So, for the sake of argument and I know this question would require a rough answer, but what's the greatest liquid volume yield a person could get from a 3 lb. bag of DME without the quality of the beer suffering (read: watery, tasteless beer)?

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again, the more extract you use, the more flavor and alcohol you will get from it.

if you used only a 3 lb bag of, say, wheat dme to make a hefe, you wouldn't probably want to make more than 3 gallons or it would be watered down and the alcohol would be too low.

you should read up on specific gravity and how to determine alcohol content

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