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Old 11-25-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default 4.8 vs 5 lbs extract

I have a recipe calling for 6lbs lme but i bought 5 pounds of dme instead. will it have a noticeable effect if i use it all instead of the 4.8lbs that is 80% of the lme bill

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Old 11-25-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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1 lb LME will give you 38 gravity units
1 lb DME will give you 45 gravity units

6 lbs LME x 38 GU = 228 GU total
5 lbs DME x 45 GU = 225 GU total

In five gallons:

228 GU total/5 gal equates to 46 GU/gallon or SG 1.046 in 5 gallons
225 GU total/5 gal equates to 45 GU/gallon or SG 1.045 in 5 gallons

So, not much difference.

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Old 11-25-2010, 05:55 PM   #3
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5lbs DME = 5x1.2= 6lbs LME right?

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Old 11-26-2010, 01:38 AM   #4
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yeah that sounds about right but i heard that 1lb lme=.8 lb dme. so 6lbs=4.8 dme. but i have 5 do i really have to measure out 4.8 or can i just add it all?

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:44 AM   #5
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Chuck it all in, don't bother measuring for .2lbs. I doubt whoever measured out the 5lbs was careful enough for it to make much of a difference anyway. Enjoy your extra .1% alcohol.

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Old 11-26-2010, 03:05 PM   #6
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If you use an extra 0.2 lbs of DME in your beer the universe will reboot. DON'T!

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:26 PM   #7
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More is almost always better in beer brewing. In your case, the "more" is a small amount, and will not make a big difference.

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