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Old 10-24-2005, 07:23 PM   #1
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Just wondering, I see people mention it a lot, but what is DME?

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Old 10-24-2005, 07:25 PM   #2
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DRY malt extract (as opposed to LME; LIQUID malt extract.)

Basically LME with all water removed.

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Old 10-24-2005, 07:29 PM   #3
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It's also, on rare occasion, referred to as "spray" or "sprayed" extract, due to the fact it's made by spraying wort into a hot drying chamber.

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Old 10-24-2005, 09:13 PM   #4
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I was looking at Bulk DME and found bulk Diastatic Malt Extract
Can any one explain what that is please?

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Old 10-25-2005, 10:46 AM   #5
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Diastatic malt extract is a liquid malt extract which still retains some of the enzymes responsible for converting starch to sugars.

If you are doing an extract brew with crystal or chocolate malt (and some other grains which I can't remember off the top of my head) then regular malt extract will do for these brews as these malted grains already have their starch converted (?).

Extract brews which contain wheat, oats and certain types of malted barley need a diastatic malt extract and a partial mash process in order to create sugars.

I'm no expert (only one extract brew under my belt) so others may be able to give you a clearer answer.

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