Thanks for all the good feedback. I'm letting it percolate and see what happens:)
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The first time I used LME, I just dumped it into the boil and stirred after I got everything out of the can... Which means there was a lot of that LME sitting at the bottom of the boil kettle getting scorched by the burner.
I started to see little black flakes coming to the top of the kettle and started straining them out wondering what they were. Once I figures it out, I was very sad, but I let it ride.
from my newbie palate, I didn't detect any off flavors, but still to this day, I get requests to "make that one Oktoberfest with the really different but good flavor, please". The batch turned out great. I wouldn't worry about it too much!