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Old 01-16-2013, 08:36 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by freisste View Post
I hate LME for that reason. Maybe tare a scale with a ceramic bowl on it, add LME to the bowl until you get the correct weight, and put the entire bowl into your boil. Alternatively, you could use boil water to rinse out the bowl.
As far as mixing goes, I assume it's like putting any heavier substance into a lighter one: mix it in smallish amounts gradually adding water and then into the pot. No lumps that way.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:39 AM   #22
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No matter what I end up with big globs of LME in the kettle. They eventually get smaller and smaller and then disappear. I've never had an issue with them not disappearing, though.

Also, if you didn't already know, make sure to turn off the heat when you add LME. You don't want it to scorch on the bottom.

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Originally Posted by rob211 View Post
BTW, what are good techniques for measuring and managing LME? It's a messy business even if using the whole container (bags in my case). I have a scale, but every transfer loses a bunch when stuck on containers and such. Would heating it in a water bath first help?
When emptying a pouch, I roll it up from one corner in folds - maybe 3/4" each. Squeeze out each fold. When finished, it looks like very little left. I also tried pouring some of the hot wort back in and sloshing it back and forth in the pouch. Wasn't as happy with that method, but it might be worth a try.
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