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Old 08-01-2007, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default Convert Plain Malt to Extra Light Malt Extract

Most of my recipes call for Muntons Extra-light Malt Extract. However, I have Muntons Plain Malt Extract. Is there a conversion factor so that I end up with a similair gravity/SRM? The recipe I want to use calls for 6lbs of Extra Light Malt Extract. I am interested in making a German Helles Beer. Currently, I have an octoberfest in the fermentor, I was planning on brewing the helles, transferring the oktoberfest into secondary, then putting the helles on top of the Bohemian Lager Trub at the botom of the fermentor. Am I close?

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Old 08-01-2007, 05:04 AM   #2
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You could use the same amount of pale extract as you would have if it were extra pale. Your gravity should be right on, but the beer may be a touch darker.

Alternatively, there should be a way to use some pale extract, and some corn sugar to keep the color in line too. I dont have ProMash here, but some one with the program could figure this out.

I would use the extract that you have, and not worry too much about the color.

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EDIT: It sounds like your plan to pitch the new wort on the old cake is spot on.

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My 2 cents: There is always going to be a "next" brew...use the plain in a future brew and grab the xtra light for your current recipe if you want to keep your color. If color is not that much an issue, use it.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:12 PM   #4
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The different varieties of Muntons just refers to color and if memory serves there is not a huge difference between the extra light and the pale. Unless you are trying to brew to style or really hate having a darker beer, I wouldn't worry about using it.
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