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Old 10-18-2012, 02:06 PM   #21
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ElyIrishBrew - if you can't find a 3lb bag of DME, but can find a 3.3 can of LME you can use that instead they are close in total sugar points. A typical extract beer will have about 6lb of DME or 6.6 lb of LME or similar. Specific recipies might call for more or less, but usually about 6lb is a good rule of thumb as a basis - at least until you start looking at other recipies. Your first beer concentrate on good sanitation.

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Old 10-18-2012, 02:13 PM   #22
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If you're going to get a whole 'nuther kit when you go, you might as well try to get one that has hops as a separate addition (not already included in the extract) and steeping grains. Neither adds any significant complication to the process other than that you have to watch the clock and temperature a bit more, and will get you better beer at the end. My first brew was a kit with steeping grains and timed hop additions, and I was certainly not overwhelmed, even though I applied a (not recommended) "brew first, ask questions later" approach. Beer still turned out fine, and I had better questions to ask afterwards since I'd already fumbled through it once.
I may indeed do that. It's a direction I intend to move in anyway as I get more experienced and want to customize recipes. Figured I'd keep it as simple as possible for the first couple of batches, but using a full brewing kit is pretty simple stuff as long as a few things are closely controlled. This trip I'll buy the malt extract if they have it, and will only buy another recipe kit if they don't have the ME.

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ElyIrishBrew - if you can't find a 3lb bag of DME, but can find a 3.3 can of LME you can use that instead they are close in total sugar points. A typical extract beer will have about 6lb of DME or 6.6 lb of LME or similar. Specific recipies might call for more or less, but usually about 6lb is a good rule of thumb as a basis - at least until you start looking at other recipies. Your first beer concentrate on good sanitation.
Thanks, I'll remember that!

Nother question. What kind of ballpark alcohol content will I be looking at if I use DMR or LME to bolster the export pilsner recipe I mentioned in the original post? How would that compare with adding straight sugar?
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #23
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Picked up two 3-lb bags of DME. Both are Muntons Spraymalt Extract. One is plain light, with a 10 EBC (this will go in the nut brown). The other is plain extra light, with 7 EBC, for the pilsner. Thanks for your help, everyone.

Gott check my schedule for the next several days, but I'm getting kinda excited and think I'll be brewing this weekend.

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Old 10-19-2012, 03:52 AM   #24
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Ely - off hand with 3lb of DME and 3.3 of LME you should end up with an OG about 1.045 and and FG about 1.011 (these are rough numbers, I might be off by a point or 2 on either) Anyhow, with that you should have a ABV about 4.2% (maybe upper 3.9 to 4.5 as a range)

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