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View Poll Results: Which one produces better beer, DME or LME?
DME is better 24 35.29%
LME is better 9 13.24%
I don't taste any different between the two 29 42.65%
Other - post your explanation. 6 8.82%
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:31 PM   #11
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Funny, I like working with liquid better. The dry stuff seems to go everywhere (my clumsiness may be a factor). I pour out the liquid, rinse out the can with hot water and get every bit of it in the boil. Dry, I am constantly spilling.

Taste seems to me to be a non-issue. I've never noticed any difference.

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Old 05-31-2006, 05:52 PM   #12
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I've never noticed a difference in taste. Of course, I always add at least 2lbs. of specialty grains in all of my batches and I guarantee that's what's giving the flavor. Not so much the extract.

I like the DME because it's easier for me to work with. Large volumes of hot liquid, making a whirlpool, and slowly pouring from the bag are my tricks. I never get clumps that way that stay together for more than a moment.

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Old 05-31-2006, 06:20 PM   #13
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I've never noticed a difference in taste. Of course, I always add at least 2lbs. of specialty grains in all of my batches and I guarantee that's what's giving the flavor. Not so much the extract.

I like the DME because it's easier for me to work with. Large volumes of hot liquid, making a whirlpool, and slowly pouring from the bag are my tricks. I never get clumps that way that stay together for more than a moment.
Interesing poll results so far, it seems like most of people don't notice any different in taste, but if one does, he/she probably says DME is better!
There are also liquid-people and dry-people (who like either to work with L or D
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:33 PM   #14
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I like the DME because it's easier for me to work with. Large volumes of hot liquid, making a whirlpool, and slowly pouring from the bag are my tricks. I never get clumps that way that stay together for more than a moment.
Wow that seems like a lot of work to me I cut the whole top off the bag and dump it fast before the steam from the water makes sticky clumps on the edge of the bag. I think it's cool to watch the big wad of DME stuck to the spoon dissolve
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:35 AM   #15
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Interesing poll results so far, it seems like most of people don't notice any different in taste, but if one does, he/she probably says DME is better!
There are also liquid-people and dry-people (who like either to work with L or D
Since making starters I always buy DME. Lets face it... opening up a can of LME to make a starter and attempting to save the rest of the LME for the brew in two days can be REALLY MESSY.
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:38 AM   #16
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thanks for telling me about the DME i hated the fact that it clumps up...i'll have to start adding it before the water gets too hot...by the way i'll never turn my back on my kettle again..i had another boil over last night..thank god i have a ceramic stove top and no wife to answer to anymore...

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Old 06-01-2006, 09:09 PM   #17
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I've used both and haven't noticed much difference. Maybe I'll feel differently after I've made more batches, though.

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Old 06-01-2006, 09:21 PM   #18
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:29 PM   #19
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it depenmds a lot on what you do with it.

DME can be used in small quantities for starters, priming, correcting an AG brew that comes in below the target gravity, etc. LME would be a poor choice for any of these things because it's hard to use small quantities and then store the rest.

DME is also easier to measure accurately.

I've made some very good extract batches with both, although one of my LME batches that used LME from a can definitely tasted like the can.

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Although I prefer DME for all the reasons stated previously (I don't know about taste, though), I do like to save the empty cans that the LME is packaged in. Makes a nice storage container, or just to display.

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