Originally Posted by ohill1981
I am reading a recipe book right now for an easy german style wheat beer. The recipe calls for 6 2/3 lbs of wheat malt extract, but it did not specify whether it should be liquid or dried malt extract. Am i correct in assuming this is just a preference in taste? or is there a good reason to choose liquid over DME or DME over liquid extracts..?
There is a difference in the specific gravity potential: DME is more concentrated than LME, so you can convert to equivalent quantities:
from LME to DME = weight of LME * 0.89
from DME to LME = weight of DME * 1.10
Also, some people mention problems with "extract twang" due to LME that is no longer fresh. As the LME ages, it can produce an off-flavor in the beer. So, some people only use DME to avoid this problem.