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Old 05-04-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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So I have seen a number of recipes that I'd like to try for summer that call for xtra light malt extract. I can really only get my hands on pale lme but I had heard that by mixing glucose and pale it is pretty easy to create the extra light.

Does anyone have any experience with this or know of a method?

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Old 05-05-2009, 03:19 AM   #2
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Cutting the extract with sugar will bring the color down a bit but it will also affect the body and flavor. Use the pale extract and live with the slightly darker color until you can order some extra light.

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Old 05-05-2009, 03:27 AM   #3
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If you only want to stock one kind of extract, get pale or pilsner. You can always use specialty grains (carapils, caramel, munich, etc.) to darken it up.

If you do take that advice, a 50-lb sack of DME will fit nicely in a pair of 5-gallon pails. Get ones that have lids that seal well, though.

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If you do take that advice, a 50-lb sack of DME will fit nicely in a pair of 5-gallon pails. Get ones that have lids that seal well, though.
I recently found out that 5 lbs. of DME will fit in a 1 gallon zip top bag. For me that's pretty much 1 bag per 5 gallon batch so it's relatively convenient.
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What brand of LME is it? I think pale and extra light are probably essentially the same thing but a different brand. I generally use briess and their "extra light" is called Golden Light, and the next step darker is sparkling amber. Look at the package and see what the color rating is. For the Golden light by briess the color rating is 2.0-6.0 Lovibond, and for the sparkling amber it is 8.0-13.0. Even using the golden light your color isn't going to be super light because LME is just inherently darker. If you want it to be a little lighter try adding half of the extract at the end of the boil.

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