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Old 06-14-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default "Homebrewer's Recipe Guide" book - is extract liquid or dry?

Does anyone know if the recipes in the "Homebrewer's Recipe Guide" book are assuming dry or liquid extract?

I'm going to try my first non-kit beer, using the Saison recipe from this book. The book says an O.G. of 1.05, but I'm not sure if the measurements are liquid or dry extract...

I tried putting them into the "Brew Pal" iPhone app, and the closest I can get to an O.G. is if I use liquid extract, but even then it's high at 1.057. So that brings me to a separate question which is specific to that app and maybe I'll ask elsewhere - if I add 2 lbs of Crystal 40L to the grain bill, does that assume I'm going to actually mash them (or whatever it's called), cuz I only plan on steeping them. So maybe that's why I can't match the 1.05 of the recipe?

Here's the recipe:

3 1/3 lbs light malt extract
3 1/3 lbs amber malt extract
2 lbs crystal malt (40L)
1/2 lbs flaked barley

hops, yeast, etc...

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Yes it assumes you're going to mash them in Brew Pal.
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That would be LME, and I agree that you would probably get more than 1.050 if you are doing a batch < 6 gallons. (I get 1.062 for 5g with promash
The crystal doesn't need mashing, just steeping, but that looks like a very large amount of crystal. Also, the flaked barley does need to be mashed with some base malt. All you will get out of it in that recipe is starch.

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That would be LME
So I don't have to ask again next time, was there something in the recipe that made you know it was LME instead of DME?

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Two things.
1. 3 1/3 lbs is an unusual value for DME, but equals 1.5 Kg. (the standard size for a can of LME).
2. The gravity would be about 1.070 with DME

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