Okay, I am quite a noob here so please forgive me if these are stupid questions.
I am currently ready (I think) to start brewing my 3rd batch from extract and, after mixed results on my first two attempts (IPAs) I have decided to attempt to create something akin to a California Common (or at least something relatively amber in color.)
I have read several different recipes/tips online for making Cali Commons (and general amber ales) and have found that, by and large, people are using either an amber DME with a light/extra light liquid malt or a light DME with an amber liquid malt. I purchased 3lbs of Muntons amber DME as well as a can of amber liquid extract. Will this work? Will my ingredients yield something other than an amber?
Additionally, can someone help me out as to the function of the DME versus liquid extracts? My first few attempts each involved 2lbs of DME with one can of liquid extract. However, now I am noticing that many 'recipes' I have found for extract brewing call for upwards of 6lbs of DME and seem to involve no liquid extract (although these did involve crystal malt and may have been more for PM brewing.) Can anyone give me just a brief overview of liquid vs. dry malt use/need and if my 2lbs of DME in the last 2 batches was way too little or not?
Many thanks for any help you can provide to me. I pretty much was given a kit 3 months ago and have been attempting to piece together all the little do's and dont's of home-brewing ever since (without a great deal of success.) Thanks!!!