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Old 02-04-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default Dry Extract vs. Syrup extract

So, I have (2) 3lb bags of dry extra light malt, powder. I've never used it before, do I treat it the same as I would a can of malt extract?

I'm making a steam ale.



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Old 02-04-2011, 01:04 AM   #2
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Yep, take it of the burner and stir it in slowly (so it doesn't clump up).



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Old 02-04-2011, 01:06 AM   #3
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I see, so I just pour it right it and stir it. Gotcha. Thanks.

Is one better then the other? Is there a flavor difference?

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I think 6 lbs of DME equates to 7.2 lbs of LME. I prefer the DME myself; not for any reason related to performance, just personal convienence.

others prefer LME........ you'll develop your own preference as well

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i just started using DME for starters and to add to LME to boost gravity

its super sticky so be careful not to get too much dust and try not to get too much on your hands

i found using a whisk helps eliminate a lot of clumping

others suggest adding 1/2 or so towards end of the boil (last 10-15min) to keep the color lighter

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DME will clump together, but won't scorch. LME is much easier to add to the boil, but it can scorch & harden on your kettle. It's just a personal preference on which to use. You'll get the same results.

Have a stirring spoon in one hand & your bag of DME in the other. Slowly pour the DME in while stirring because it will clump together if you add too much at once. In my experiences, leaving it on or off the burner didn't make much of a difference on reducing clumping if you're already at a boil.

+1 on adding half at the end of the boil if you're looking for a lighter color.

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+1 on adding half at the end of the boil if you're looking for a lighter color.
By making it a lighter color, will that make the beer thinner?
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By making it a lighter color, will that make the beer thinner?
I'm pretty sure the body stays the same, its just a visual difference. People say that since the extract was already heated once during its dehydration at the manufacturer that boiling it a second time for our homebrews carmelizes the sugars more and cause them to darken. That's why you'll see a lot on here about late extract additions for lighter colored styles. One of the differences between dry and liquid extracts is that DME can make lighter colored beers because its processed differently and actually sees less heat than LME. I use both on a regular basis. Just whatever the recipe calls for but every one has their preferences.
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