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Old 01-22-2014, 03:01 PM   #11
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Thanks for the many clarifications, everyone. It has been enlightening.

Ironically, because i'm in South Africa the only LME I can get which is produced locally (importing from overseas is horridly expensive here) is light LME. So the wider variety in colors and quality is a moot point for me, because I can't get any here.
getting any other LME than the light
So DME it is. Onward!

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Old 01-22-2014, 03:21 PM   #12
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You might want to look at recipes that take light LME plus steeping grains anyway because you get to control what goes into your beer that way. Dark malt extracts will have had that done with someone else's choice of grains.

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Old 01-22-2014, 03:34 PM   #13
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I prefer DME over LME. I had it beaten into me that your paying for alot of water with LME.

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DME, is great to use and very convenient. I do partial mashes with DME and its also nice to have some around if you are doing all grain and you miss your target OG.

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I now make 1 gallon lager batches with only DME, hops and yeast as a way to grow yeast for 5 gallon batches. I was pleasantly surprised at how good these beers taste.

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