Switching over to DME - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Switching over to DME

Thread Tools
Old 01-24-2007, 02:55 AM   #1
Jan 2007
Posts: 125

I have done the whole Mr.Beer kit and several LME cans, but I am thinking about switching over to DME.

I understand that they come in very generic types (wheat, amber, light, dark ) so where do I get started with DME? I have been to how to brew , but I would like to find out more info.

Are DME a lot better than LME?
Primary Glass carboy: Hefe Weizen
Bottled: Porter
New to Brewing, I love it!!

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 03:02 AM   #2
Ale's What Cures You!
Yooper's Avatar
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,224
Liked 7719 Times on 5422 Posts

Well, I wouldn't say it's better. It's different. There are definitely some advantages- it comes in extra light, for example. It's more expensive than LME, especially if your LHBS sells LME in bulk. But, you use less DME in a recipe. I can't remember exactly how much less- maybe 80% DME to replace 100% LME? So, for 1 pound of LME, you'd use .8 lb of DME. Someone else will be able to advise if that's correct.

It's easy to store and great for using part of a bag and putting on a twisty tie and then in a ziplock bag. One caution, though- if it gets damp, it's a rock. It must be kept dry.

Really, no differences in your beer. I don't think anyone could tell which was made with DME or LME. It's a matter of personal preference.

Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 03:12 AM   #3
Genghis77's Avatar
Nov 2005
Oregon on the Umpqua
Posts: 531
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Probably the greatest advantage of DME is that you can easily get all the contents out of the container. With LME you have to do a hot water rinse a few times.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 03:16 AM   #4
Jan 2007
Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,046
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I think the math was that if you go from LME to DME then use 17% less, If you go DME to LME use 20% more... It was a wierd how it was explained. But like the guy at my HBS said, it's just malt, you will get a different flavor but it's not going to ruin it, and at 17 and 20 % what's the big difference.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 04:01 AM   #5
TheJadedDog's Avatar
Aug 2006
People's Republic of Cambridge
Posts: 3,316
Liked 16 Times on 13 Posts

I'd argue that there is no difference in your beer. I recently stopped using LME in favor of DME (after experimenting with both for about 5 months) because I find a slight aftertaste in brews that had LME. LME also darkens brews quite a bit.

The one downside to DME is that you have to be very vigilant about getting it all dissolved in your wort.
And now we go AG!

On Tap: Nadda
Primary: Nadda
Planning: Extra Special Bitter

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 04:16 AM   #6
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 132 Times on 99 Posts

Getting it dissolved is no problem once you know how to do it...first...don't boil the water...warmed water works best...second only add 1 lb at a time and dissolve...once all dissolved add the next lb...simple...
HB Bill

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 07:14 AM   #7
For the love of beer!
Orfy's Avatar
Sep 2005
Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,732
Liked 94 Times on 62 Posts

Don't forget the Mr beer kits are prehopped no boil.
You'll have to boil and add hops, you'll then have the cooling issue to deal with.
Have a beer on me.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 07:35 AM   #8

Here are some formulas:

Dry Malt to Liquid Malt: Dry x 25%+= Liquid
Example: 3 (LB. Dry Malt) x .25 =.75+=3.75 pounds Liquid Malt

Liquid Malt to Dry Malt: Liquid x 20% minus= Dry
Example: 6.6 (Lb. Liquid Malt ) x 20% =1.32 minus=5.28 ( Lb.Dry Malt)

Grain to Liquid Extract: Grain x .75= Liquid
10 Lb. (2 row malt) x .75 = 7.5 Lb. Liquid Malt Extract

Specialty Grain to Extract:
2 Lb. (Roasted & Chocolate Barley) x .89=1.78 ( Lb. Dark Liquid Extract)

I found in my extract brews, that they greatly improved when I switched to DME. It may have been the quality of LME that was being sold at my LHBS. I find DME to be a much more stable product and produced much "cleaner" beers.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 07:55 AM   #9
Jun 2005
Surprise, AZ.
Posts: 1,488
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts

Originally Posted by Genghis77
Probably the greatest advantage of DME is that you can easily get all the contents out of the container. With LME you have to do a hot water rinse a few times.
I usually have to rinse my DME bags too due to the steam rising from the pot.

Originally Posted by BoxerDog
Are DME a lot better than LME?

Like LME, turn off the heat before adding to keep from scorching the pot. Also because DME is flammable so keep it away from an open flame.

On Tap -
  1. 3 year old Oak Aged Bourbon Porter
  2. Irish Red Rye
  3. Robust Porter
  4. Russian Imperial Stout
  5. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Citra
  6. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Centennial
Primary - Nada
Secondary -
From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world. -- Saint Arnoldus

Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2007, 06:17 PM   #10
Feb 2006
Winfield, Illinois
Posts: 98

I've been using a combination of LME and DME in my past couple of recipes and I've been happy with the results. One additional nice thing about DME is that it's a lot easier to measure specific amounts of it (for example, if you want to use 6 lbs of LME and 1.5 lbs DME). I would have to agree with everyone else though as far as discernable taste differences and when/how to add to the pot.
Hope that helps

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Switching to AG ThreeTaps General Beer Discussion 3 10-01-2009 10:09 PM
Switching from lme to dme yarghble Extract Brewing 13 07-10-2009 04:32 PM
Switching DME with LME bjzelectric Extract Brewing 4 04-10-2009 01:26 AM
Switching to DTV brauhaus General Chit Chat 1 01-16-2009 09:44 PM
Switching out the LME stevecaaster Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 11-29-2007 06:07 AM

Forum Jump