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Old 07-27-2006, 06:12 AM   #11
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-you arent limited to using 4lbs at a time
I've used 8 lbs of LME in a single brew. Why do you say you're limited to 4?
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:49 AM   #12
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I think he was referring to the 3.3 lb cans...but I could be wrong...
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:13 AM   #13
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There are more fermentables pound per pound in DME than LME.
Don't know if I'll get the math right on this but I've been told that it takes 1.22 lb of LME to equal 1 lb of DME or it only takes .8 lb of DME to equal 1 lb. of LME. The difference is in the water in the LME.
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:28 PM   #14
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I think he was referring to the 3.3 lb cans...but I could be wrong...
Ahhh... no wonder I didn't understand. I don't buy the cans. My LHBS has bulk extract that's cheaper and tastes great.
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:27 PM   #15
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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.
The rock dissolves readily in Boiling wort, so that isn't really a factor.

 
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:49 PM   #16
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I use LME. One, it's cheaper and two, I like it. I don't know about the lighter color of DME...

I like the thought of being able to store DME for long periods. If I come across any sales I might pick some up.

I fill the sink with hot water while things are heating up and just throw the LME (in my case 1/2gal milk containers) into it. Then rinse after pouring into the wort.

Homebrew99, I wonder if LME is a lot better now than it was way back then? I buy the Briess LME. Great stuff.
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:57 PM   #17
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It's hard to beat the price and convenience of LME in bulk from places like Northern Brewer, Austin Homebrew, MoreBeer. And since those guys do such huge volume, you know it hasn't been sitting in the can for a year like the stuff at the LHBS may have been.

DME is great for use in starters, priming, adding a bit more fermentables to a brew (whether extract, PM, or AG), etc. It's much easier to store long term and use in small quantities than LME. I always have DME on hand, wheras before I went AG I used LME often but always custom ordered the exact amounts I extected to use.
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Old 07-29-2006, 04:14 AM   #18
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I don't know about the lighter color of DME....
horribly light in color isnt it

mmmm.... buzz beer....

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Old 08-01-2006, 04:45 AM   #19
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While both work fine for me, I enjoy the DME over the LME for ease, expediency, and less hassle over all. Also, as mentioned by other posters, I get much better color control (through creative use of specialty malts) using light dry malt xtract as my baseline. Lite LME, especially the older stuff, has always yielded me darker beers in general. Hooyah!

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Old 08-03-2006, 07:06 AM   #20
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Certainly one of the pros of LME is that it's cheaper than DME.
Yes but dont forget LME is 10% less potent than DME. Personally I use both and generally am pretty liberal in my use of DME. If the recipie asks for 500gms I will use 750gms to bump up the alcohol percentage but remember if you do that you will need to experiment with different hops to balance the taste. It can be a bit hit and miss but after a while you will start to get a feel for it. You can achive a very similar flavor of your original recipie but with a much higher ABV%.
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