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Old 11-08-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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Due to the new shipping limitations, I can no longer mail order LME at my location, so I'm thinking about brewing with dried malt extract.

I'd like to hear from someone who has actually done this.
- What if any differences do you notice in the end product?
- What is the ratio to use? (I know to use less DME but can't find that reference in my book)
- Any other notably differences in the brewing process?

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Old 11-08-2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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1. you'll get a lot of opinions on this one.

2. dme = .8lme

3. Not really, just stir hard when you add the dme as it clumps a lot.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:51 PM   #3
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like he said it's much easier to dissolve the liquid extract. you can stir all you want with dry some will always end up floating on the top

 
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:53 PM   #4
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3. Not really, just stir hard when you add the dme as it clumps a lot.
Yeah, and it clumps in the bag if you hold over any little bit of steam.

 
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:58 PM   #5
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DME will store longer, so you can order extra then keep it in a dry cool place like any pantry item, just use a bag inside a bag or a big jar inside a bag or something like that, its very fine powder that can get messy if you're careless.

No difference in beer quality that I can report from my experiences. DME is good stuff.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:11 AM   #6
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I use it, although I would like to try all grain sometime. I like it except for:

1. Cost
2. It's super sticky
3. It clumps up pretty good when pouring it into a boiling kettle (steam)
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:55 AM   #7
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Think about moving to a cheap all grain or partial mash set up. DME is expensive. If you brew a lot you could probably recoup the equipment cost pretty quickly.

 
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:31 AM   #8
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Think about moving to a cheap all grain or partial mash set up. DME is expensive. If you brew a lot you could probably recoup the equipment cost pretty quickly.
Think about moving... period.

 
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:55 PM   #9
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Think about moving to a cheap all grain or partial mash set up. DME is expensive. If you brew a lot you could probably recoup the equipment cost pretty quickly.
Yes, I'm anxious to try all grain and even have everything I need to try the Mr. Beer 1/2 batch (I assume that post is still around and still as popular). Finding that chunk of time to actually setup and do it is the problem. I'm keeping it in reserve until the opportunity presents itself, hopefully some time soon!

DME brewing, here I come!

 
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:22 PM   #10
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Think about moving... period.
Dude, have you ever lived in SE Asia? I have. Stay there as long as you can FSBrewer.

 
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