Hi everyone. New to brewing and new to these forums.
I recently inherited an enormous amount of brewing equipment from my wife's step-father. His health is . . . well, he's not doing so well and he's not going to be brewing or drinking any beer at this point. . .and, well, he's not going to be able to drink for the rest of his life no matter how long or short it may be.
Anyhoo - two weeks ago, using this inherited agglomeration of equipment I brewed an Oatmeal Stout. Certain issues notwithstanding, it has been sitting in a dark, cool closet for a week now. The airlock stopped bubbling yesterday, and a hydrometer reading was 1.020. I've been advised to let it sit for another few weeks, while monitoring the gravity, and once I've got a consistent gravity reading, prime and then bottle.
I'm eager to brew my second batch though, and made a trip to my local homebrew store to pick up ingredients today using one of their recipes that I was able to download.
My question is this: the recipe I am using calls for a 4 lb. can of light extract. The store was out of these, however, and one of the gentlemen working there advised me that I could use light Dry Malt Extract instead, but at a reduced amount.
A quick scan through these forums resulted in the suggestion that, in lieu of LME, I could use .6 lb of DME for every lb. of grain used in the recipe. I just want to clarify:
my recipe calls for 4 lb. of LME, and I'm only using 2 lb. of grain (1 lb. Crystal 40, 1 lb. of Munich). using the aforementioned conversion - should I be using 1.2 lb. DME in lieu of the 4 lb. of LME?
Any advice or corrections would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if there is any information that I need to provide in order to assist with answering my question.
Thank you, in advance, for any help.