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Old 12-29-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Why not use dextrose/beer enhancer?

I'm playing around with taking a cheap, lightly hopped LME and turning it into something. Geographically and financially speaking LME is the easiest fermentable to get my hands on, don't want to get into all-grain at this point.

I'd posted something about it before (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/help-adventurous-noob-287426/) and Yooper mentioned I shouldn't use dextrose or "beer enhancer", so what could I/should I use for increasing OG and eventually the finished body of my beer?

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Old 12-29-2011, 02:21 PM   #2
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You can use dex all you want. Just make sure you have enough base malt in there. Craigtube uses it on every batch because of the cost of malt extract in Canada. It will just be thinner and possibly taste a little less body and dryer.

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Old 12-29-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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As an alternative, use more LME. More LME = higher OG, plain and simple.

But that's only part of the equation.

Consider using some steeping grains, if you can get your hands on some. Steeping a half pound of light colored crystal malt, for instance, should provide a little more body and a little more color to boot to your finished product.

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Old 12-29-2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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As an alternative, use more LME. More LME = higher OG, plain and simple.

But that's only part of the equation.

Consider using some steeping grains, if you can get your hands on some. Steeping a half pound of light colored crystal malt, for instance, should provide a little more body and a little more color to boot to your finished product.
Any chance I'd find something I could use as a steeping grain in the baking aisle?
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Any chance I'd find something I could use as a steeping grain in the baking aisle?
i'm guessing no. you'll find steeping grains at a HBS.
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A cheap way to do this could be to use the LME and order in some pellet hops from somewhere, and possibly a few pounds of medium crystal malt to keep as stock. Then experiment with different aroma and flavouring with hops and adjust crystal. Many permutations available to you.

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Any chance I'd find something I could use as a steeping grain in the baking aisle?
Where do you plan to get the LME? I'd expect that you'd find the steeping grains at the same place.
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If you find extract prohibitvely expensive, you really should rethink your switch to AG. It cut the cost of my big recipes in half. Not to mention with AG you can but together something like a simple wit for $10-15. On top of that, there are a few places who will ship for a flat rate, so if you buy a few batches at once you'll more or less negate the cost of shipping.

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If you find extract prohibitvely expensive, you really should rethink your switch to AG. It cut the cost of my big recipes in half. Not to mention with AG you can but together something like a simple wit for $10-15. On top of that, there are a few places who will ship for a flat rate, so if you buy a few batches at once you'll more or less negate the cost of shipping.
I have never seen a 'decent' shipping rate in Canada. Our postal system is really expensive so quite often the cost of shipping is more than the cost of the supplies.

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Well that stinks, I suppose the $5 UPS/FedEx rates don't cover Canada either?

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