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Old 02-25-2005, 05:21 PM   #1
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For extract brewing do you use liquid or dry ?

Which is better and why ?

When I first started I used kits which had liquid and dry extract in them. Once I started making my own recipies I started buying dry in bulk to save money. But my final gravities never go below 1.018. So I am tring liquid extract only right now.

One brewstore owner in town says that liquid vs dry makes absolutely no difference. The other brewstore owner says that dry has more unfermentables in it and therefore the gravities won't drop down as low.


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Old 02-25-2005, 06:15 PM   #2
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For extract brewing do you use liquid or dry ?

Which is better and why ?

When I first started I used kits which had liquid and dry extract in them. Once I started making my own recipies I started buying dry in bulk to save money. But my final gravities never go below 1.018. So I am tring liquid extract only right now.

One brewstore owner in town says that liquid vs dry makes absolutely no difference. The other brewstore owner says that dry has more unfermentables in it and therefore the gravities won't drop down as low.
I use dry only, unless I happen to come across a kit w/ a can in it. I've never had any problems with them, personally. I mean, I'm no purist, or anything either. If you're concern is the lack of a lower gravity because they may be too sweet, I'd maybe toss in more hops or something...


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Old 02-25-2005, 06:33 PM   #3
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But my final gravities never go below 1.018.
What are your yeast pitching (strain of yeast, dry yeast, liquid, smackpack, starter usage, aeration of wort, etc.)and fermnentation practices (temp, time)? Both of those would have a larger impact on your final gravity than the type of malt extract used. Also, if you are starting from a relatively high gravity, the normal attenuation of your yeast strain might only be expected to get the gravity down to the range of 1.018.
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I prefer dry. I tend to find that liquid has far more unfermentable sugar in it and off flavors. So, go figure. YMMV.
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Old 02-28-2005, 06:15 PM   #5
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I use dry since I can buy it in bulk (without the water weight). The sparging of the grains has already been done for you.

Liquids tend to brew darker.
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Old 03-01-2005, 05:45 PM   #6
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i havent been brewing long, but i've stopped using liquid just because of having to clean the containers. its a lot easier and faster to pour the powder.
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I just thought I'd add that dry extract definitely has as many or more fermentables as liquid. Liquid is more likely to have unfermentable sugars from caramelization.

Another downside of liquid is that it continues to darken in the can. So you will have more luck making lighter colored beer with extract. Always try to get the freshest liquid extract you can if you must use liquid. It will continue darkening in the can forever.
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Ive just started and been using brewer's best kits.
The 3 ive done so far, continental pilsner, american light and americna cream ale all had both dry and liguid.
The liguid in all three was very dark brown.

Could I use the ingredient list from the old kits, and lets say if i wanted to do another pilsner, and buy all the components and replace the liguid with the dry?

I assume you have to use more dry to replace the amount of liguid?

Do you guys weigh out your malt or do you just figure a cup weighs a certain amount?

Why would these kits like im using have a liguid extract, sounds like a lot of negatives compared to positives?

Im currently trying to figure out why these 3 beers have looked darker than i expected, the light was pretty clear but the ale and pilsner were a tea color and not clear. SO now im wondering if it could have been clearer with dry extract only? At least it couldnt hurt?

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The only diff I have found is that with the liquid it burns on the bottom of my pot, the dried just floats till it desolves unlike the liquid that sinks.

Also try liquid yeast especially if you don't think you are getting a full fermentation.
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The only diff I have found is that with the liquid it burns on the bottom of my pot, the dried just floats till it desolves unlike the liquid that sinks.

Also try liquid yeast especially if you don't think you are getting a full fermentation.
My fermentation so far has been a piece of cake and right on time.
The clarity is only thing i question so far.


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