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Old 09-14-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 09-14-2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:03 PM   #3
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Hot water with a whisk. The whisk is key!

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:37 PM   #4
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+1 on the whisk, works great!

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:46 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 09-14-2008, 09:58 PM   #6
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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.

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Old 09-14-2008, 10:11 PM   #7
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aerating while your cooking is not an issue.

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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?

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Old 09-15-2008, 03:48 AM   #9
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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!

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Old 09-15-2008, 03:50 AM   #10
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+1 on the whisk, works great!
yeah I use a whisk when making my starters. The DME dissolves very quickly.
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