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Old 09-07-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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I've been brewing long enough I should know better and for that matter probably have this answer but I don't. I have to make a starter for a Bohemian Pilsner I am brewing tomorrow and I need to make a starter this morning. I go to grab my 5 lb bag of DME and it's like concrete. yeah moisture got to it. so I have a hard lump of dme...... question is #1 do I just scrape it use a chisel and use it as is or is there a better method ? I use DME so infrequently that is why this happened and I guess my other options though I never used it before would be to use priming sugar for the starter. IDK what are everyones thoughts ? I don't think the DME is bad per say just Rock at this moment and is obviously getting boiled anyway. thanks.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Had the same problem recently. The advice I was given and seems to work was just take off what ya need crush it as best you can and use like normal.
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yeah kind of figured that was it or go out and buy a new bag. off to scrape I go I suppose.
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I wonder if you could use the blender or food processor.
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I wonder if you could use the blender or food processor.
Probably could break a chunk and run it through the modes until its powdered down again but all said it will dissolve in the water anyways.
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What came to mind first was rock hard brown sugar. Micro waving the sugar will soften it, but brown sugar has molasses. May not work for DME. Use a hammer or hammer and chisel to get the weight you need. Put it in a pot with your water and dissolve it at a low simmer.

Hard rocks in a processor will destroy the machine.
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yeah I watched a few youtube video's and it seems that a spoon or fork just running it back and forth will break it up or I could use a hand grater.
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