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Old 11-02-2007, 10:36 PM   #1
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Hey I know the answer is here somewhere, i've even read it myself but can't find it now. I've always used lme for my extract brews and am wondering, if I wanted to use dry malt extract what is a good ratio to use dry vs. liquid?

Just a noob asking a noob question.

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Old 11-02-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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80% I think with out looking.



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Old 11-02-2007, 11:00 PM   #3
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You are correct 80%
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:31 AM   #4
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Dude,

Use 20% less D.M.E.


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Old 11-03-2007, 01:28 AM   #5
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Cool thanks guys!

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Old 11-29-2007, 12:38 AM   #6
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Rather than starting a new thread, I'm going to use this one- since it's about the same darn thing-
I just don't know what LME VS DME is all about.
I would like it if some one would explain to me why we use one as opposed to the other for the majority of our extract ingredients. Does one ferment better than the other?
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:20 PM   #7
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If you ask me, it's about ease of use.

It's a lot simpler to portion out fractions of a package of DME - every try to get a half-pound of LME out of a Munton's tin? You can just snip the corner of a DME bag and tap out enough powder into a bowl.

Liquid yields also less fermentable product per pound than dry, if your storage space is limited.

Finally, liquid extracts don't have anywhere near the shelf life of dry.

According to Palmer:

The freshness of the extract is important, particularly for the syrup. Beer brewed with extract syrup more than a year old will often have a blunt, stale, even soapy flavor to it. This is caused by the oxidation of the fatty acid compounds in the malt. Dry malt extract has a better shelf life than the liquid because the extra de-hydration slows the pertinent chemical reactions. *
I prefer dry simply because of ease of use, but that paragraph should give syrup users pause. Many LHBSs don't turn over enough inventory to avoid long shelf storage; make sure you check the package carefully.

* HowToBrew.com Chapter Three.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:27 AM   #8
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So does DME seem to make betterbeer?

is it lme < DME < AG?

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Old 11-30-2007, 07:52 AM   #9
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lol, i think it's like this:

lme < DME < AG

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Quote:
Originally Posted by BobNQ3X
If you ask me, it's about ease of use.

It's a lot simpler to portion out fractions of a package of DME - every try to get a half-pound of LME out of a Munton's tin? You can just snip the corner of a DME bag and tap out enough powder into a bowl.
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Many LHBSs don't turn over enough inventory to avoid long shelf storage; make sure you check the package carefully.
I find working with DME irritating as it starts to clump up and stick to everything the instant it is exposed to air. I realize that's just a personal thing though. I never have to weigh out the LME as I just buy what I want for the recipe and the LHBS weighs it out for me into the bucket.

Any LME that is canned should be pretty safe from oxygen. Any LHBS worth it's salt should be flushing their bulk LME barrels with Nitrogen.


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