Originally Posted by Laurel
Thanks for the input. Willy had it right, since LME has water in it, I knew there had to be a conversion of some sort. Suppose one doesn't care about the color of the beer. Is there a compelling reason to use DME besides color?
Yeah, what Willy Boner said...LME has more twang to it. I use Extra Light DME as a base for all my brews.
That said, if you can I would recommend you switch to DME as soon as you are out of the LME.
Sorry about misunderstanding the conversion. In a nutshell it's:
1 lb of grain = .75 lb LME = .6 lb DME.
Bluedragoon85: Since I only boil 1.5 gals (base wort is: 1.5 gals water boiled with 1 lb of Extra Light DME) I place 4 gal of PUR filtered tap water in the freezer for 4-5 hours prior to brewing and use it to top off to 5.25 gals. I've been doing this for a very long time without any bad effects.
I also have a nylon bucket net that I place on my primary bucket to catch the hops and then I sparge/rinse them with 1 gal of top off water then remove the net...and top off. Most of the time the wort drops below 70F, sometimes colder.
Keeping your base wort down to about 1.040 gravity allows you to use a little less hops in the boil. For my Weizens I only use 3AAs.