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Old 04-28-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Last batch I made I had a nightmare getting the DME to dissolve. So I busted out the electric mixer/beaters and beat it in. Is there any problem with that (other than the inherent danger of dropping it in and electrocuting myself)

I really "beats" the wort up pretty bad, but it was a LOT easier than whisking or stirring forever.

The batch is not ready yet, but it smells fine.


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If it's pre-boil I don't see a problem.
You should get most of the air you whip in there boiled out anyway.

Personally I'd take the DME and mix it up separately in a pitcher or something the add the "batter" to the boil when I had to...so I wasn't risking whipping boiling water.


And now that I'm saying this I kind of wish I thought of this when I was doing extracts....


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Old 04-28-2010, 10:18 PM   #3
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Use a Stainless Paint Mixer on a drill, it works wonders for dissolving DME.
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If it's pre-boil I don't see a problem.
You should get most of the air you whip in there boiled out anyway.

Personally I'd take the DME and mix it up separately in a pitcher or something the add the "batter" to the boil when I had to...so I wasn't risking whipping boiling water.


And now that I'm saying this I kind of wish I thought of this when I was doing extracts....
it was during the boil. well actually, as i was bringing it to a boil I added 3.5 lbs. then at 15 mins. i did a late addition of 3.5 pounds...so that late addition i just mixed while boiling. obviously risky, but I didn't get burned and did not drop the mixer.

maybe I'll try mixing in a pitcher next time...it seems safer.

I have been reading about hot side aeration and was wondering if this mixing may contribute to it. the beer tastes fine, but it is not ready yet.

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HSA has been pretty much debunked as a myth. I wouldn't worry about it too much...
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I've never had any issues getting DME to dissolve into a rolling boil. I typically go half and half with mine though, at 60 and 15.
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You really have that much difficulty mixing it in? Weird.

I think an immersion mixer would work best.


You can even use one after the boil to aerate, just sanitize it first.
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You really have that much difficulty mixing it in? Weird.

I think an immersion mixer would work best.


You can even use one after the boil to aerate, just sanitize it first.
I actually broke out my immersion blender the first time i used DME. I didn't figure a couple things quite right so my pot was extremely full so i couldn't stir it in well. The immersion blender worked GREAT.
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I've never had any issues getting DME to dissolve into a rolling boil. I typically go half and half with mine though, at 60 and 15.
really? for whatever reason, my clumps badly when i dump it in. i've tried dumping it slowly, or all at once. i end up with clumps that I have to whisk in.

i have an immersion blender, i'll try that next time.

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I use a large kitchen whisk for stirring in DME. Works good for me. I stir with the whisk AS I'm pouring in the DME. Don't dump it in and THEN stir.

I also utilize near full-volume batches at at rolling boil, so maybe that helps also.
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