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Old 10-13-2006, 01:08 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 10-13-2006, 01:12 PM   #2
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It should not cause any problems, I substitue DME for LME in recipes all the time. Figure .8xlbs LME for DME in the recipe.

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Old 10-13-2006, 01:21 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 10-13-2006, 04:03 PM   #4
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why decrease the weight of the DME to 7lbs from 8.5lbs?

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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8.5 LME equals about 6.75 DME.

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