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scottmc 10-13-2006 01:08 PM

I have a recipe that calls for 8.5lbs of light LME, I have extra light DME from a previous batch. Will substituting the LME for DME result in any off flavor or color? The batch I wanna make is a Dogfish Head clone 60min IPA.

2nd Street Brewery 10-13-2006 01:12 PM

It should not cause any problems, I substitue DME for LME in recipes all the time. Figure .8xlbs LME for DME in the recipe.

the_bird 10-13-2006 01:21 PM

It might be a *little* lighter, but no big deal. LME tends to be a little bit darker (even "light" LME), but this won't impact flavor. I know DFH 60 isn't a terribly light beer, but presumably you're getting color mostly from whatever specialty grains are called for in the recipe anyway.

Use about 7lbs DME and you'll be all set.

scottmc 10-13-2006 04:03 PM

why decrease the weight of the DME to 7lbs from 8.5lbs?

the_bird 10-13-2006 04:08 PM

DME's more concentrated (doesn't have water in it).

Walker 10-13-2006 04:09 PM

yup. take 7 lbs of DME and add 1.5 lbs water and you have 8.5 lbs LME. :D

scottmc 10-13-2006 04:42 PM

Ah ha, you guys are great, thanks a bunch.

the_bird 10-13-2006 04:49 PM

As 2nd Street said, it's about a 20% difference. I can't remember if technically you use 20% less DME than LME, or you use 20% more LME than DME (the math works out slightly different when you do the conversion) - in any case, change it by 20% and you're close enough.

Walker 10-13-2006 05:03 PM

20% more LME than DME.
17% less DME than LME.

This is based on:
2.75 lbs DME = 3.3 lbs LME


homebrewer_99 10-13-2006 08:59 PM

8.5 LME equals about 6.75 DME.;)

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