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Old 02-25-2009, 04:39 PM   #1
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Any technique of minimizing the dreaded dough balls when adding DME to the wort? Some of them get like concrete. I try to add little by little with aggressive stirring, but still a PITA.

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Old 02-25-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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Remove from heat and wait till steam stops pouring out thus hitting the DME before it gets a change at the boil pot, then just pour slower and stir harder.

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Old 02-25-2009, 04:50 PM   #3
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What works for me is this:
1. Grab woman.
2. Put spoon in her hand.
3. Make her stir.
4. Pour DME in a little slow.
5. Take your spoon back.

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Old 02-25-2009, 05:00 PM   #4
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Great response. But you left out:

Have woman open you a brew.

Seriously, though, I stir in the DME with it off the heat. It happened more with a stout that I just finished. I think the gravity of the boil wort may have something to do with it's solubility. I wonder if a drop of de-foamer at this point would rectify this phenomenon. I usually add it anyway, probably wouldn't hurt it at this point.

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I haven't tried it yet, but I have read here that a whisk helps with this. I am looking at stainless stell whisks when I am out and about, but haven't seen anything that strikes my fancy yet.

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The whisk works great. If you're using a spoon, make the switch.

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+3 Whisk it.

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Old 02-25-2009, 06:32 PM   #8
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I'll use the whisk. Had one sitting right next to the stove all the time Doh!

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