If I convince my SO that we should do a new brew straight after this one then I'll take some DME out of its, but it's unlikely that we'll have the time (Storage of a new bag would be a concern considering the way this one turned out).
Originally Posted by Ravenshead
I can't see how it won't have the same sugar content. It just absorbed some water out of the air so the sugar hasn't gone anywhere. Unless of course it absorbed some wild beasties along with the water. That's what I'd be a little worried about--only a little though.
Also, DME is really hydroscopic compared to more common sugars. If you leave it out here in Houston for more than a few hours it will look like yours did. Even in your environment, I'd store it in vacuum sealed pouches in the refrigerator.
Given that, it's much easier to use corn or table sugar for carbonation, plus DME will leave Kraisen material in your bottles.
It's the idea of wild beasties eating some of it that worried me about the sugar content. The volume it occupies is lower (see the rim around the side), but perhaps that is just what happens when it's ..gelled up.. rather than in dry powder form.
I've never thought about that with Krausen and using DME - All i've heard is that it makes for more compact bubbling in the long term. Sounds a bit icky! But i'll have to give it a go at least once.
Edit - It has darkened in colour and no longer smells as sweet as it did.
I am going to avoid the risk and get some more DME, while testing storage methods. I've read up on them through searching older posts on the forum and think I have a good plan for storing DME.
Thank y'all for your help