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Old 09-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Excess LME

New to the whole homebrew world and just did my first partial grain/extract. Most of the containers of LME that I have found are 3.3 pounds, the recipe calls for 5 pounds of a wheat malt and 2 pounds of a light. I hate to be wasteful, so what to do with the leftover?? Can it be saved, what overall effect would it have if you just used all of the LME?? thanks

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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If you use it all you will have a higher original gravity and probably higher ABV along with a diifference in flavor.
If I am following a recipe I prefer DME, it is easier to store excess, and less worries about age.
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My brew buddy and I tend to follow the rule, more is better. I would add it in. Not a big fan of leftovers.

I do agree that you will get more alcohol and it will change the taste...but I don't mind the little extra alcohol and we aren't pro brewers attempting to get a consistent taste.
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