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Old 02-21-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default dry malt vs priming sugar?

I have a fat tire clone that is ready for bottling very soon and it calls for dry malt rather than priming sugar. I have a second batch ready to be bottled in about 2 weeks that calls for priming sugar. I have TONS of extra dry malt and no priming sugar.

Are there any consequences to using dry malt instead of priming sugar? This being said, I do not care if the clone tastes EXACTLY like what it is trying to emulate but I instead I am perfectly happy with good tasting beer.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #2
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You're good using DME. But you'll have to use more. I forget how much more, but look around on here and you'll find it.

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It'll work either way. I had to use table sugar for priming on one of my last batches and it came out great. Here is a good calculator for figuing out quantities of sugar. http://tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

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You're good using DME. But you'll have to use more. I forget how much more, but look around on here and you'll find it.
And it's said it will take a little longer for it to carb up. Only other negative is said to be a possible crud ring around the top of the bottle. You'll be fine with DME though.


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And it's said it will take a little longer for it to carb up. Only other negative is said to be a possible crud ring around the top of the bottle. You'll be fine with DME though.


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I actually like sugars that take longer. I tend to be very patient with my beer and do not mind letting it sit another week or so to get a much better taste.

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Old 02-22-2011, 12:05 AM   #6
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I actually like sugars that take longer. I tend to be very patient with my beer and do not mind letting it sit another week or so to get a much better taste.

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I wouldn't count on the DME to give it a better taste. It's probably not much different; the only blind study I remember reading had corn sugar and cane sugar as indistinguishable, with a couple of people preferring those over DME but most people unable to tell the difference there either.

Unfortunately I can't find the link, but I came away thinking that DME would be my last choice quality-wise, though it likely doesn't make much difference.
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