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Adjusting gravity with DME

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majorvices:
I don't see any reason why it is cheating. It's just a tool to use. Some times on higher gravity brews I will add a couple pounds light DME just for convenience sake.

hopfenundmalz:
Doing a high gravity beer recipe of mine at a local brewpub, the brewer added a bag of DME to 7 barrels. That is standard procedure for him, as they max out the mash tun for big beers. We also added some sugar and a gallon of molasses to this one, a Baltic Porter. Turned out pretty good!

denny:

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--- Quote from: denny on January 18, 2013, 03:22:27 PM ---1 lb. of DME will get you 9 points in a 5 gal. batch.

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What do you think of this process?  I had to do once recently, and everything seems to sork out.  But it kind of seemed like "cheating."

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IME, adding a lb. or 2 of DME to an AG batch is pretty much undetectable.

Jimmy K:

--- Quote from: micsager on January 18, 2013, 04:00:45 PM ---
--- Quote from: denny on January 18, 2013, 03:22:27 PM ---1 lb. of DME will get you 9 points in a 5 gal. batch.

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What do you think of this process?  I had to do once recently, and everything seems to sork out.  But it kind of seemed like "cheating."

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Great beer tastes great no matter the process. Bad beer tastes bad regardless of process authenticity. Besides, we've all chosen to let others do some of the work. Rarely do we grow grains and hops, malt and kiln barley, culture our own yeast, etc. The line is in the middle of a big gradient.

rob_f:

--- Quote from: erockrph on January 18, 2013, 07:29:58 PM --- I have decided to make some adjustments to my process, however. I'd much rather overshoot my gravity and add topoff water than undershoot and have to add DME.

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Diluting your gravity also dilutes your IBUs.  Noted hophead Mike "Tasty" McDole intentionally undershoots and adds DME to every brew.  He buys DME in 50-lb bags.

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