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Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« on: May 17, 2014, 09:17:59 PM »
My last batch came in low.  It's sitting in the fermenter right now.

I know I can add sugar to bring the gravity up to where I want it.

Can I add DME to the fermenter?

I've added sugar straight in and am thinking of doing the same with DME.

Thoughts?
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014, 09:31:53 PM »
not sure how well it would dissolve. If you dissolved it first in some boiled water it should work.
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2014, 09:56:17 PM »
Isn't it pretty much just sugar?  I would think the yeast would tear it up like they would plain sugar.

Maybe not, though.

I'm tempted to try.  I'd rather not add more water.
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014, 12:14:49 AM »
I see two possible issues. Sanitation and DME clumps.

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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2014, 06:10:22 AM »
I think you're right. It clumps like mad.
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2014, 06:25:36 AM »
I think if you dissolved it in a small amount of boiling water to break up lumps and cooled that it'd work ok. Is it fermenting yet ?  If not you'd be able to mix it pretty uniformly and not worry about aeration.
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2014, 07:06:50 AM »

I see two possible issues. Sanitation and DME clumps.
i agree, it will certainly clump up big time, I'd boil it up in the smallest amount of water possible, cool and add it
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2014, 07:10:20 AM »
Add extra DME to compensate for the new water addition as well.
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2014, 07:51:45 AM »
It's fermenting now. I'll wait a day or two until it slows and add the dme in the smallest amount I water possible.

Big kraesen already so I'll just let it go for now.
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2014, 04:34:24 PM »
I added a pound of DME to 3 cups water.  Big time clumping.  It was a humid night, too, so it was clumping before it even hit the water.  Glad I didn't try to add it straight to the fermenter.
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Re: Low OG - Can you add dry DME to the fermenter
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2014, 03:29:30 PM »
I usually mix up a cup of light dme in a quart or two of water. I would boil it for 10 minutes, cover it and let it cool down. Then I would pour it into my secondary before transfering from the primary. I also and a few pellets of hops for good measure doing the boil.
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