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ipscman 09-14-2008 07:31 PM

Clumpy DME
 
I read somewhere that DME mixes better in cold water. While steeping the specialty grains, I mixed 3 lbs of DME in a pot with 2 gallons of tap water. Didn't mix well at all so I used an electric mixer. Mistake. Way too aerated.

What are you experiences with this? Have you found a "best way" to mix DME in water?

Thanks!

Stratotankard 09-14-2008 07:59 PM

I always use hot water and add slowly, like really slowly. The clumps will eventually dissolve. Just be sure to stir vigorously if you're adding it on a burner or the clumps might scorch on the bottom of your pot.

Terje

Chello 09-14-2008 08:03 PM

Hot water with a whisk. The whisk is key!

brewerdad 09-14-2008 08:37 PM

+1 on the whisk, works great!
:mug:

jay4e 09-14-2008 08:46 PM

Hot water will disolve sugar better than cold and dme is just sugar so I don't see how dissolving in cold would be better. Only issue I have with disolving in hot water is the steam causing clumps as the dme is poured in but that's minor. The whisk sounds like a better idea than a spoon though.

Also this is one of the advantages of full boils. Real easy to disolve all the dme in 5 gallons.

ipscman 09-14-2008 09:58 PM

whisk
 
Doesn't using a which aerate the wort quite a bit? My understanding is that we want to avoid aerating hot wort (above 80 degrees). Am I missing something here?

Great ideas, BTW.

Waboom!! 09-14-2008 10:11 PM

aerating while your cooking is not an issue.

ipscman 09-14-2008 10:39 PM

re whisk
 
so it only matters AFTER you turn off the heat until done with the wort chiller? Is it just during that period you want to avoid aeration?

Newbie

Bob 09-15-2008 03:48 AM

Yup! Oxygen introduced before or while boiling is driven off by boiling.

Forget you ever heard about hot-side aeration. It is a great big bogeyman. You have to work really, really hard to hurt your beer by hot-side aeration. I've never seen a home-brew setup capable of it.

So RDWHAHB! :D

Bob

Bytor1100 09-15-2008 03:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brewerdad (Post 850553)
+1 on the whisk, works great!
:mug:

yeah I use a whisk when making my starters. The DME dissolves very quickly.


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