Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Newbie help
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-17-2013, 03:23 AM   #1
thudstrum
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 2
Default Newbie help

Hi all- I am wondering if anyone has ever had issue when using DME instead of LME? I've had two batches recently come out somewhat salty and just gross. Without boring you with all the details the most recent was a Indian brown ale DFH clone. I followed the recipe from Sam's book to a T. The OG/FG came out. After bottling it is not carbonated as much and is salty. The only thing I can think went wrong was that I didn't prepare a starter (last time for that). Any advice or input is appreciated.

__________________
thudstrum is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2013, 04:37 AM   #2
jderm
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Posts: 49
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I made a really gross batch of beer a few years back that was often described as 'salty'. This was before I had any sort of temperature control - so i chalked it up to that. What was your fermentation temp like? I think DME is typically better than LME, so i'm not sure that would be the source.

__________________
jderm is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2013, 04:46 AM   #3
homebrewdad
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,131
Liked 343 Times on 252 Posts
Likes Given: 236

Default

I really prefer DME to LME - you don't have the scorching concerns, and it doesn't stale as easily. It's pretty much a given that your salty issue did NOT come from using DME.

I'd look at yeast health and temperature control as your primary culprits.

__________________
Homebrew Dad - blogging about making my own beer and raising a lot of kids.
Check out the priming sugar calculator, yeast starter calculator, and the beer calorie calculator.
homebrewdad is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2013, 04:54 AM   #4
sweetcell
Swollen Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
sweetcell's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Rockville, MD
Posts: 4,224
Liked 711 Times on 523 Posts
Likes Given: 273

Default

could be your water... are you making ay corrections? do you have your local water report?

LME can be better than DMA - when fresh. problem is that a lot of LME out there isn't fresh, so DME is typically the safer way to go. it doesn't stale nearly as quickly.

__________________
.
What hops should I grow? Hop grower's comparison table. Looking for cheap honey?

Drinking: a farmhouse with ECY08 & brett blend, wet-hopped harvest ale x 2, second runnings dark ale with vanilla
Fermenting: (nothing active)
Aging: imperial chocolate stout, sour cherry mead, oud bruin & a few other sours, acerglyn, a BDSA
sweetcell is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
hector
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Last Station
Posts: 667
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by thudstrum View Post
I've had two batches recently come out somewhat salty and just gross.
I had the same result as I used DME for brewing my previous batches .

The problem was that it was the product of an Indian malting Company and contained high degrees of

Sodium Bicarbonates as it was produced for baking industry .

You can also test your DME :

Taste just a little of the powder . If it also contains high degrees of Sodium salt , you feel a bit more on the sides of your Tongue right afterwards and then a little sweetness on the front of it .

Hector
__________________
hector is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
unionrdr
Wannabe author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 30,436
Liked 2198 Times on 1914 Posts
Likes Given: 1645

Default

I use Munton's plain DME most of the time. I like the English malt flavors from it & a combo of English grain malts,like their Pale Malt & Marris Otter.
Cheaper/off brand DME's might contain sodium,but I've never encountered it. What's in your tap water is also of concern. If it doesn't make good tasting beer,all other things being equal,then use some RO water,spring water,or even distilled. See if those taste better.

__________________
Everything works if ya let it-Roady(meatloaf)
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2013, 01:25 PM   #7
Whsoj
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Mountains, NC
Posts: 416
Liked 85 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

I turned a Hefeweizen into a "dunkelweizen" cause I scorched DME so yea

__________________

Wooly Buggers and Beer
Dirt Road Beer & Wine

Whsoj is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie Question re:FG, though I'm not a newbie Moody_Copperpot Fermentation & Yeast 9 02-26-2014 02:34 AM
Few newbie q's Czm Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 0 01-18-2012 12:14 AM
OK, newbie with newbie questions for the first brew CUPilot Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 01-22-2011 01:54 AM
newbie needs help mrx Wine Making Forum 22 11-08-2010 01:11 PM
Newbie from NC! Silviakitty Introductions 12 11-29-2007 02:27 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS