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Old 01-19-2007, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default Dry vs. Liquid Malt Extract

I feel kinda dumb asking this but is there a difference between dry and liquid malt extract (I know one is dry....). Can they be used interchangeably? Is one better than the other?

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Old 01-19-2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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Dry is, well... dry. So, use 20% DME if the recipe calls for LME, and 20% more LME if the recipe calls for DME.

LME tends to be darker, so if you want to make a really light beer, extra-light DME is your best bet. LME tends to darken over time, so you have to be careful about how fresh it is.

When I was doing extract, I preferred DME, it was a lot easier to measure out and to handle generally. But, it's a lot more expensive. You can buy both in bulk if you are going through a good amount.

Both make good beer.

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I agree with the_bird. I started out using liquid extract, but after I swtiched to dry, I noticed a difference and never went back. Now I'm all grain, but I still use the dry extract to make yeast starters.

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Some people talk about extract having a "twang" generally, and it seems to be more common with LME than with DME. Can't say I've ever been able to pick it out specifically.

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I've tasted it. It probably has more to do woth the age of the product. Get the freshest LME you can find.

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Grain - 1 lb equals
LME - .75 lb
DME - .6 lb

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Grain - 1 lb equals
LME - .75 lb
DME - .6 lb
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