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Old 02-05-2007, 04:26 AM   #1
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Went to a friend's to watch the "Big Game" tonight and he popped out with an old True Brew kit (Amber ale) from when he did the whole HB thing, 6 or 7 years ago. Part DME part LME, I am assuming the can is still viable, that the hops are junk and the yeast could go either way (I'll get new yeast unless someone here says to give it a try). What I am wondering about is the DME. It's hard as a rock and has formed into the shape of whatever it was near in the box (the can). It is usable still? Is the only thing this kit is good for the can of Amber malt?

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Old 02-05-2007, 04:29 AM   #2
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I might use the LME. I would trash the DME if it is caked. I would definitely dump the yeast.
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Old 02-05-2007, 04:30 AM   #3
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I'd use the LME in a stout or a porter, 'cause it'll be dark.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:47 PM   #4
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I'd trash the whole thing. How much money are you really saving? 10 bucks for a can of LME? Lifes too short to drink and brew bad beer
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:48 PM   #5
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Ive used some old LME before and WAS NOT Pleased with the results. I would say the DME would offer better results. (If you want to break out the hammer and chisel.)
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Old 02-05-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
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I would keep it simple and chuck it. Why chance it? Would you eat food that old?
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:21 PM   #7
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I was given a couple of cans of hopped LME that are 2 years old. I was going to use it as starter feed for grins and see how it comes out.
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:54 PM   #8
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THROW IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

I wasted an afternoon and a bunch of other ingredients, just to use up an old can of LME.


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