LME+DME conversion

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Skins_Brew

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How do you figure out how much LME equals DME? For example, a receipe calls for 8 pounds of DME. I want to use LME because its cheaper, do i just order 8 pounds or is there a conversion? Thanks.
 

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I'v always heard that 1lb DME = .8lb LME where the other 20% is the water thats left in the LME. So you need more LME to match the same amount of DME.
 

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Chello said:
I'v always heard that 1lb DME = .8lb LME where the other 20% is the water thats left in the LME. So you need more LME to match the same amount of DME.
I'm new here, so I'm not sure... but can someone please confirm that the above quoted second post in this thread is actually backwards? Don't want noobs messing up their brews. You need more LME because of the water in it, not less... right?
 

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Well, I've been drinking, but I read him to also say you need 20% more LME to equal the same amount of fermentables as in the same weight as DME, which is contradictory to the first part of the statement.

Always remember that you need more LME by weight than DME because the LME has some water in it. DME is spray dried malt extract, with the water removed.
 

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A quick chart if you don't feel like doing the math :)
Pounds of Pounds of Extract

Grain Liquid Dry

1.0 0.75 0.6

1.5 1.13 0.9

2.0 1.50 1.2

2.5 1.88 1.5

3.0 2.25 1.8

3.5 2.63 2.1

4.0 3.00 2.4

4.5 3.38 2.7

5.0 3.75 3.0

5.5 4.13 3.3

6.0 4.50 3.6

6.5 4.88 3.9

7.0 5.25 4.2

7.5 5.63 4.5

8.0 6.00 4.8

8.5 6.38 5.1

9.0 6.75 5.4

9.5 7.13 5.7

10.0 7.50 6.0
 
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