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Old 02-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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hello again, might be a simple question but I was wondering what the time difference makes on adding LME or DME to the boil?? If I use two cans of LME, 6.6 lbs at the start of the boil, how would that differ from adding 1 can at the start and the other at maybe 5 mins left or at flame out???? does that have an effect on the flavor maybe??? the same goes for adding honey or maple sugar or even chocolate???
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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The longer DME or LME are in the boil, the more caramelization will take place. As you boil, the wort will get darker and darker. I don't know if it changes the flavor or not. If you want to make a really light colored beer, adding the last of the LME or DME at the end of the boil will help.

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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When i do extract i always do the extract late method i think the beer comes out lighter in color esp when your using lme.Lme always seems to get like a concentrated twang ...at least in my exp.

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Yeah,adding only about 1/3 of the extract at the start of the boil makes for lighter color & cleaner flavor. It can elliminate or greatly reduce that twang & darker color. I use DME in the boil & all the LME at flame out.
In my PM ales,the fresh wort makes up 50% of the fermentables,so I use that for all hop additions. Then add the extract at flame out. Works well for lighter colored better tasting beers. Try it & see for yourself.

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I have switched to mostly making my own recipes/modifying recipes I find online, and using DME instead of LME. More cost, but the beer has been much better, so far. I add 3lbs dme at start, and 3lbs dme at 15 minutes left. if using less than 6lbs dme, I add 3 at end and whatever else at beginning, more than 6lbs, I use 3lbs to start and rest at 15min. I tend to use just extra light, unless making a wheat beer. Specialty grains are where I build my flavor/color.

But, I think its time for a Partial Mash set up. I can get my costs down to near LME levels without the twang. DME doesn't seem to give any twang, so far.

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DME has always brewed pretty clean for me too. I have a 5G (20 QT) SS stock pot I use for both AE & PM beers. A paint strainer bag & a 3.5 gallon boil work well for me. I mash 5lbs in 2 gallons of water & sparge with 1.5 gallons.

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