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Old 02-13-2008, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default LME vs. DME

I have done the search and couldn't find a topic on just LME vs DME. Probably cause I am looking for it, but i WITH THE PRICES GOING UP (I just paid $30 for 6.5lbs of Muntons LME at my LHBS) I wanted to see what everyones opinion is on the 2. Can I get the same results with both and is DME cheaper? I thought about buying in bulk but have heard horror stories about storage. What does everyone else do?


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Old 02-13-2008, 04:22 PM   #2
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You get a few more gravity points out of dry. I have found it more difficult to work with because of clumping.

For storing most vacuum pack or some type of air tight container.


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Old 02-13-2008, 04:59 PM   #3
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Stay away from LME if you are concerned about lighter color beers.

Buy DME in bulk, it'll be cheaper.

As for clumping...add only 1 lb at a time and dissolve it all in before adding the second lb.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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I had a lumping problem but then I started using a whisk to stir the DME in and it works wonders.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
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I had a lumping problem but then I started using a whisk to stir the DME in and it works wonders.
+1 on the wisk, they work great
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:37 PM   #6
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$30 for 6.5 lbs. of LME seems a bit steep to me. You can buy 3 lbs. packs of Munton's DME from Midwest for roughly $11.

Other than that, +1 on the whisk as well as staying away from LME if color is a concern for you. Also if the LME you are buying isn't really fresh you could start getting the lovely "extract twang".
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:28 PM   #7
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I've used both. If the LME is super fresh, it makes fine beer. But if it's less than fresh, I noticed that it can give an extract-y taste. I prefer DME. It stores fine in an airtight container (ziploc bag) in the cupboard. If it's cool and dry, it doesn't clump and it's easy to measure and use for starters.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:48 PM   #8
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I had a lumping problem but then I started using a whisk to stir the DME in and it works wonders.
+1. Definitely use a whisk with DME. I just discovered this technique last week and it's incredible how well it works.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:34 PM   #9
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It's so darn sticky! I'll use only DME, but it is the cause of all of my messes when brewing

Definitely going to try the whisk next time as well, though my clumps are dissolved in under a minute so it doesn't really bother me.
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+1 whisk...coming from a food service background thats all i'd ever think to use.


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