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Old 05-05-2009, 02:44 AM   #1
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Default liquid or dry malt extract, which is better?

Im a partial mash brewer and I was wondering if theres much of a difference between lme or dme. Do you prefer liquid or dry malt extract? why?

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Old 05-05-2009, 02:47 AM   #2
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I almost always use LME but mainly because that is what is in the Northern Brewer kits. I know the few times I have used DME the big advantage has been that it is easier to get out of the container into the brew

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Old 05-05-2009, 02:50 AM   #3
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I also use LME as well, but it's because I get a good price on it in bulk from my LHBS and I know they go through it fast so it's always fresh.

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Old 05-05-2009, 02:55 AM   #4
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Good question... only because I'm new to this.

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Old 05-05-2009, 03:00 AM   #5
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My vote is DME. Easier to store and lasts longer in storage. I was never able to get a light colored beer with LME but I can with DME.

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Old 05-05-2009, 03:17 AM   #6
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DME - Lighter colored beers, easier to use, more variety, I believe it is said to store longer also
LME - Cheaper

I'm sure someone will post a link with a pro/con write-up here before too long

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Man, if only someone would spend a few hours researching the pros and cons of things like this. Then they could write it all up, edit it, get feedback from other brewers, and then find a mod to sticky it so that it would always be available and conspicuous for new brewers to find.

Oh wait...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/vs-p...alysis-109318/

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Old 05-05-2009, 10:58 AM   #8
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Look past all the "clean treade" deletions to get to this topic in the above link.

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Dry malt extract for me. I can never be sure how fresh the ingredients are so DME has a much better shelf life. Additionally I only use a little at a time so I can easily re-seal a bag of DME, a can of LME... not so much.

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+1 DME. Storage, Freshness, and Ease of addition into the boil are positives. I also like the ability to control color via steeping grains with good resolution which adds variety and character to the beers I brew.

When comparing costs, remember that 1 lbs LME is approx. equivalent to .8-.85 lbs of DME from a fermentalbe sugars standpoint. For example, you'd need roughly 6 lbs of LME to achieve the same O.G as 5 lbs DME.

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