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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / DME vs LME
« on: January 29, 2013, 08:17:33 PM »
I've seen quite a few recipes lately that call for a combination of LME and DME and was wondering if anyone knew the logic behind this. Is there a benefit to combining the two, or using one over the other.

I've been using LME and specialty grains for brewing (roughly 6 or 7 years) and reserving DME for bottling.

Just curious, I guess.

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Thanks for the reassurance. I'll be kegging next weekend if the final gravity is on target. I should have taken a gravity reading when I dry hopped....

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Airlock Activity Stopped After Dry Hopping
« on: January 29, 2013, 07:59:45 PM »
Hello, I'm new to the board and have a concern about an American Pale Ale I've got fermenting right now.

I brewed it roughly 10 days ago and everything went well. The recipe said to dry hop after 7 days or when fermentation slowed. I dry hopped it last night because the fermentation activity had, in fact, slowed way down from a visual standpoint. After I added the hop pellets I got the normal increase in airlock activity for a few hours, but since then the airlock hasn't budged at all. I have beer anxiety. Please reassure me that this is normal for a beer with an OG of 1.053 ten days out from pitching my yeast when everything else went normally.

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