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Old 09-21-2007, 11:27 PM   #1
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ok...sort of new to brewing (only a few months, mostly kits). so i found a Pale Ale recipe online and it called for like 6.6 lbs of pale liquid malt ext and like 1 or 2 lbs of dry malt ext. then reading around on here everyone seems to go with dry over liquid...i wouldnt mind giving it a try, so can i just say 6.6 lbs of LME is the same as 6.6lbs of DME? sorry, sort of new at this thing

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:34 PM   #2
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I have never used dry. I live real near a home brew supply so I always get liquid. They are both extracts, but the dry has to go through another step. I don't know if the quantities used are the same. Just find a good recipe (lots on this forum) and use what the experienced have used. Liquid is cheaper if you are close enough to pick up, but dry ships better if you have to order online.

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:44 PM   #3
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The quantities change a bit. Since there is some water in the LME, you use a bit more. I think it's 1 pound LME equals .75 pounds of DME. So, you'd use less DME. I'd use 5.5 pounds of DME for 6.6 pounds LME, since they're nice round numbers.

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:48 PM   #4
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When possible, go with DME. There's less of that homebrew "twang" that homemade beer has a reputation for.

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:50 PM   #5
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lme yields a lower specific gravity than dme ( i believe). but i think that mabe the only difference.

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Old 09-22-2007, 03:42 AM   #7
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Everything you ever wanted to know about LME vs. DME and why..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=21168

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Old 09-22-2007, 08:29 AM   #8
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i believe the reason for the 'mixed' recipe quantities is due to the availability of LME in 1.5Kg (3.3lbs) packages from brewshops that are not really full service brewshops and only carry prepackaged extract. Add to this that DME is slightly more expensive than LME, so to achieve the desired OG they will use LME in 1.5Kg multiples and add DME to finish it. Of course at any decent brewshop you can buy however much LME you want or convert to the DME.

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Old 09-22-2007, 02:59 PM   #9
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THanks for all the tips! this site will be very helpful in my future brewing haha

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Old 09-24-2007, 01:16 PM   #10
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yea i just finished my second experimental batch using dme instead of liquid and i gotta say for all my future recipes im going with dme. i had longer active fermentations and clean finishing tastes. granted im new to brewing ive only done 10 batches since this winter but i can't see the benefits of liquid over dry granted i wanted to make big hoppy abv beers and i hate sweetness
for now all my ipas will be dme until i can get an all grain setup constructed this winter in the garage

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