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Old 07-26-2006, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default LME vs DME -- pros and cons?

The first three kits I brewed used all LME, the last one had some LME and some DME. I was surprised at how much easier using the dry stuff seemed; no need to preheat, no sticky mess dripping on things, no burning my fingers trying to get all the liquid out of the can, etc.

Anybody have any insights or opinions regarding liquid vs dry extract? Different taste, color, clarity, whatever?


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Old 07-26-2006, 09:42 PM   #2
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I'm pro DME. Easier to measure, stores well, better color control.


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Old 07-26-2006, 10:00 PM   #3
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True, but if you can any moisture at all in DME, it turns into a solid rock. I can't store it in the basement, only in the kitchen.

I actually prefer the DME but the LME is handy for keeping in the basement until I need it. The cans are pretty easy to deal with, since I put the can in hot water while I simmer the grains. Then when it's time to pour in the LME, it pours right out into the pot. A spatula gets the rest. I do turn off the stove while I pour, since I don't want it to scorch on the bottom but I do that with DME too.

As far as flavor, I haven't noticed any difference at all. But the color gets darker with LME, even the "light" LME. Not a problem for me, though. Some of my recipes called for some extra light DME and a can of light LME. It seems about the same to me, but I'm no expert.

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Old 07-27-2006, 12:21 AM   #4
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Most of my mini-mash and extract batches use LME, but I keep DME around for starters and topping off a batch that is a little on the low side. I also like to put DME in my morning cocoa when it's really cold out.
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:37 AM   #5
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I also like to put DME in my morning cocoa when it's really cold out.
Hard core...I will have to try that.
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:41 AM   #6
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Hard core...I will have to try that.
that is pretty hard core...
except for the "morning cocoa when it's really cold out" -- that part sounds sissy-like...

but eating beer ingredients for breakfast sounds tough...
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:02 AM   #7
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I just made my first batch, and for now I am going for LME since it is only $3.76/750 ml (1.3 kg or 3 lbs) CND at my LHBS.
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:23 AM   #8
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Certainly one of the pros of LME is that it's cheaper than DME.
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:57 AM   #9
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I haven't used LME since 1994. And don't plan on ever buying/using it again.

Personal preference for all the cons stated above, except I store several 55 lb boxes (I have 6 boxes) of it with no problems what so ever.
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Certainly one of the pros of LME is that it's cheaper than DME.
There are more fermentables pound per pound in DME than LME.


DME
-is easier to work with
-not sticky or tar like
-easy to weigh
-floats on top of the water while it dissolves
-almost impossible to scorch
-you arent limited to using 4lbs at a time


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