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Old 07-20-2012, 02:46 PM   #11
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I hate DME and haven't bought any for at least a year.
I have a 2lb bag that's been in the pantry for a few months now. I freeze leftover wort for starters these days, so I don't have to mess with DME.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:02 PM   #12
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I have a 2lb bag that's been in the pantry for a few months now. I freeze leftover wort for starters these days, so I don't have to mess with DME.
That is a damn good idea. I need to start doing that.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:13 PM   #13
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I've never messed with DME, I always used LME when doing extract batches....It's just as messy though....Thats some of the stickiest stuff I have ever messed with.

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Old 07-20-2012, 06:39 PM   #14
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I've never messed with DME, I always used LME when doing extract batches....It's just as messy though....Thats some of the stickiest stuff I have ever messed with.
You should try the dry stuff some time. It's great how it clumps up and sticks to everything it touches, plus it gets airborne
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:48 PM   #15
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I take the 50 pound bag and cut the top totally off. Then I roll the top down and put the bag inside two large trash bags, the ones that are for like yard waste. I twist up the tops of each bag separately and secure with a rubber band. Then I put the whole thing inside a sturdy box. I open it all up and use a plastic bowl to take out enough DME for the recipe, weighing it as I go. I work quickly and seal it all up when I am done weighing it out.

Buying it in bulk saves a lot. Up here it is about $4 per 500 grams in bulk and $7 in individual bags.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:08 PM   #16
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That is a damn good idea. I need to start doing that.
There's usually always enough sugar left in the grains to sparge out an extra gallon or two for making starters. If the gravity is low you can always boil it down to a good starter gravity. I don't worry about tannins, flavor or anything else since it's just for building starters. Of coarse, this is only useful to all grain brewers....
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:04 PM   #17
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There's a reason the LHBS charges that much!

Ours is roughly $4.50 or $5.00 a pound (can't remember exactly, we just had a price increase). We used to buy it in bulk and portion it out, but as you discovered, it is a PIA to work with. We now buy three and one-pound bags pre-portioned...we just got tired of having a sticky mess twice a month! You saved yourself some jack tho -- like a true home brewer, well done finding the best deal.

Here's an idea though: Go all grain. You'll more than save your money if you're brewing enough to need 50# of DME! And the grain is easier to store and portion out!

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PS. @Stauffbier: You can can leftover wort for starters as an alternative to freezing it if you don't have the cold space.

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@Stauffbier: You can can leftover wort for starters as an alternative to freezing it if you don't have the cold space.
Yeah, I intend on doing this someday. I have way too many purchases I still want to make for my brewery that take priority. The pressure canner is at the bottom of my list for now... I have a huge upright freezer, though. So, no worries on needing the space.
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