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Old 03-10-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
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i was perusing through my homebrewing for dummies book whilst on the can today and he said he uses two cans of extract per 5 gal batch. anyone do this? i always used one, kinda seems like overkill to me.

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Depends on the size of your cans. Most of them at my LHBS are 3.3 lbs and that won't give you much on it's own in a 5 gallon batch.

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That's exactly what I was going to say! For a 5 gallon batch, you should use two cans. Otherwise, you're making "near beer" or using corn sugar to boost up the ABV.

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There's only one rule for this:
Use as many cans as it takes to get the right gravity for the recipe you're making.

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Old 03-10-2009, 01:42 AM   #5
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Depends on the size of your cans. Most of them at my LHBS are 3.3 lbs and that won't give you much on it's own in a 5 gallon batch.
Right. It all depends on the recipe; a Scottish 60 or a really mild bitter or stout could be okay with about 1 can or a bit more.

Even an ESB, Kolsch, or Pale Ale probably needs about twice that in a 5 gallon batch (let alone a barleywine, Belgian strong, imperial IPA, RIS, etc).
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I just brewed a stout in where I used 3 3.3lb cans. Everything depends on your beer style and gravity you're shooting for

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now i gotta buy twice as much... le sigh...

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now i gotta buy twice as much... le sigh...
Buy DME in bulk and you'll save money.
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Coopers kits contain 3.75 lb. malt, but they need more.
...but what should you add? ...and how much?
6 different options:
1. None - Maybe you plan to purchase something special, or you already have something to use.
2. 2.2lb Dextrose - Lowest "finished beer cost." It makes a extra-light-bodied (thin) beer.
3. 2.2lb Brew Enhancer 1 - Blended dextrose and maltodextrine. Makes light-bodied beer.
4. 1.75lb Brew Enhancer 1.5 - Blended Malt Extract and Dextrose. For moderate strength and body.
5. 2.2lb Brew Enhancer 2 - Blended Malt Extract, dextrose, and maltodextrine. Moderately full-bodied.
6. 3.3lb Malt Extract - This makes stronger beer, with the richest flavor and fullest body.

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Old 03-10-2009, 10:18 PM   #10
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It depends on what you are brewing. I use three cans of extract in my Imperial Stout. SumnerH is right though, you'll save a lot of cash if you start using DME instead of canned extract.

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