3/24/2013 -- I am looking for pricing and availability of Pilsen DME. Do you carry it and please provide pricing and availability. I would like to place and order.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The term "Pilsen DME" is simply light, or extra light dry malt extract. Just a different name for it. The extra light version is often dry malt extract mixed with a portion of rice malt extra (to keep it very light in color).See the products linked below.
3/6/2013 -- Is there any difference in flavor between light, amber, and dark DME?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, some. The amber and dark dry malt extracts have a more "roasted" flavor due to the addition of roasted grains (usually chocolate malt and/or roasted barley) prior to mashing.
10/17/2010 -- I have 6.5 gallons of fermenting cider in my primary right now. This is my 3rd year making hard cider conditioned in the bottle. This year I would like to have some sweetness/maltiness in the finished cider. I talked to one of your employees and he recommended using malt extract for priming which leaves some unfermentable sugars. I do enjoy some maltiness in my cider; favorite cocktail is whiskey and fresh cider. What type of malt extract would you recommend for this purpose and if I add some lactose when would I add it? I am worried about selectively enriching my cider for lactic acid bacteria with lactose, which could potentially blow up my bottles. Thanks guys and love the store.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I have successfully used amber dry malt extract in a cider. Actually, I used about 1 lb at the beginning of the fermentation, and then also used about 1.5 cups when I primed the 5 gallon batch.If you use some lactose, I would add it at the end of fermentation, prior to bottling. I don't believe that lactic bacteria would be an issue.
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order is (800) 850-2739
9/12/2009 -- LOVE YOUR KITS!! HAVE PURCHASED A FEW FROM YOU. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT -- KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! WHAT IS THE AVERAGE ABV OF KANGAROO TAIL ALE? AND WITH THIS PARTICULAR BEER, WHAT INGREDIENT(S) DO YOU RECOMMEND TO INCREASE THE ABV? I LIKE BEERS IN THE 7+ ABV RANGE.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks, we like them too!Kangaroo Tail Ale falls right on 5% alcohol by volume (ABV). Getting to 7% will alter the flavor some, but it's not hard to do. Try using 1.5 lb of light dry malt extract, as well as 1.5 lb corn sugar to the boil.That takes care of the ABV, but you might find it a little light in hops (used to offset the sweetness of malt). To correct for THAT, try adding about another 1/4 oz of hops to the beginning of the boil. Not too important what KIND, but New Zealand Hallertauer Pellet Hops would work well for this.
8/16/2009 -- I would like to use DME for priming. I would prefer to add the DME to each of my 12oz bottles. How much should I add to each bottle?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't advocate bottle-by-bottle priming. It's hard to be consistent that way, but if you must, try about 3/4 to 1 tsp DME per 12 oz bottle.
7/17/2009 -- Im a new Brew Master, the kit I received is Muntons Gold (British) It says to add "Light Spraymalt" to the bottles. Whats that in english? (so to speak). Your web site is now the bible in my favorites...Thank You
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That is the Brit word for dry malt extract. Same thing. The term comes from the drying process used to produce dry malt extract. It is actually sprayed in a vacuum chamber to take all the water out.
7/15/2009 -- I have used White Pure Cane Granulated Sugar for the additional 2 pounds. Can I use that with this Malt or would you recommend Corn Sugar?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would definately recommend using1) Dry malt extract, or 2) corn sugarfor the additional 2 pounds. Either one will improve your beer. Dry malt extract (DME) will add a richer, malty flavor. Corn sugar will be lighter in color, but not as malty.For my tastes, I go with malt extract. Especially with an IPA which has lots of hops to offset the malt.I would NEVER use granulated white (cane) sugar. It imparts a "cider-like" taste to your beer. It's that "tang" that people point to when they object to homebrew beer. It was common to do that long ago, but there is no need to make bad beer. Make good beer instead!
6/7/2009 -- New to this... What's the difference between using the dry malt extract (much cheaper) or the liquid malt extract?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They are fundamentally the same products, it's just that the malt extract syrup has about 20% water content, and the dry malt extract is well...dry. It is used in different proportions as well. If a recipe calls for 7 lbs of malt extract syrup, you can substitute about 5 lbs of dry malt extract to make the same beer.
3/19/2009 -- In your opinion which is better LME or DME? I've done a few of your kits (they're great!) now I want to try a recipe beer from scratch...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: LME (liquid malt extract syrup) and DME (dry malt extract powder) are exactly the same (in terms of quality), in my opinion. The only real difference is that LME contains about 20% water. Any recipe can be "adjusted" accordingly to obtain the same starting gravity.LME can also discolor somewhat with prolonged storage. DME does not. This shouldn't be a factor as long as you aren't using really "old" LME. We don't sell that. The only reason I bring it up is that some folks have tried to brew a quality beer using a few cans of LME that has been in "uncle Earl's" garage for years. Bad idea. Especially if the cans are bulging...
10/17/2008 -- Some recipes call for malt syrup, some for dry extract. If a recipe calls for 7 lbs of malt syrup but I have dry extract I want to use how much should I use? What is the conversion factor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I this case, you would use about 5.5 lbs of dry malt extract. Use about 20% less dry malt extract compared to malt syrup.
9/26/2008 -- I'm trying to follow a recipe and wanted the equivalent of 7.6 lbs of LME in DME. Would this be about 6 lbs (with a bit left over)? It also states that the SRM should be about 8.0. I was thinking the Amber DME would be the closest, or would the light be closer or a combination?Thankyou!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, six pounds would be about right. I would go with the light DME however. OR try 3 lbs of each (light and amber)!
7/22/2008 -- What is the lovibond of the light DME?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Approximately 1.5 to 3 lovibond
6/12/2008 -- Ok so I would need to add 2 cans of this extract to get the proper amount of fermentables?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No; unless you want a particularly hoppy beer. This product is a hopped extract. You want to add an UNhopped extract for the balance of the fermentables. I suggest 3 lbs of dry malt extract. Light, amber or dark...it doesn't matter much because it will be a very dark beer anyway.Here is a link to that product:http://store.homebrewheaven.com/Product425
5/16/2008 -- What is the preferred storing method for the DME? What is the shelf-life?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: DME (dry malt extract) is really a pretty stable product. Dry malt extract should be stored just like grains. As long as the DME is dry, and sealed away from oxygen and moisture, you can buy in bulk, and use it for up to about 1 year. This assumes you keep it away from sunlight and maintain the temperature between 50 deg F and 70 deg F. If moisture is present, DME can actually "harden" into malt chunks, but even then, if can be used for brewing.
1/26/2008 -- I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9109 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Here is a video of our shop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1a5fKvv8XIHeck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
11/5/2006 -- I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9109 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on SaturdaysHere is a video of the place:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1a5fKvv8XITake a look around!
1/21/2005 -- If I wanted to use malt for priming, what product would you suggest I use?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would use light dry malt extract. Here is a link to a one pound bag:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Product=424
11/17/2004 -- Are glass carboys in any way superior to plastic carboys for wines or meads?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I think so, but there are those who would agrue.I believe that glass "attracts" more sediment to the bottom. It seems to be "stickier" or perhaps its an electrical attraction, but I invariably get more sediment to fall out in glass than in plastic. Plastic is fine for the primary fermentation, but for the secondary, or for long term (bulk) aging, I see glass as superior.
10/5/2004 -- I understand DME is 20% more concentrated than LME, but what are the percentages to an all grain batch.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That percentage is more difficult to determine. Some brewers are very "efficient" when doing all-grain brewing, and get higher extraction that others. Generally speaking, they get 60-90% of the available malt sugars from the grain, but that varies widely. Different equipment, different brewers/techniques, different temperatures, different grains...they all play into the starting gravity.For example: for a 5 gallon batch, an all-grain brewer may use 10-11 lbs of grain. To get the same gravity you might use 7 lbs of malt extract syrup, or about 6 lbs of dry malt extract. These numbers are VERY approximate, remember!
5/30/2004 -- What is the difference between the dry malt extract and the bulk malt extract?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Dry malt extract is a powdered product. Bulk malt extract refers to a syrup form. Dry malt extract is about 20% more concentrated than syrup malt extract.
2/20/2004 -- What are the advantages of Dry Malt Extract over Liquid Malt Extract? Dry seems that it would be easier to handle and store, but I have always used liquid...is there any reason not to use DME for my next homebrew?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely none. It is really the same product, with all the water removed.Dry malt extract is easier to use and store alright. You can use less, as well, because all the water has been removed. It is about 20% more concentrated than the syrup type, so if you use say 7 lbs of syrup, only about 5 lbs of dry malt extract is required. Saves $$ on shipping, too!
9/5/2003 -- Do the dry malt extract products contain amylase enzyme? Could you use these malts to help convert raw grains?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the enzymes have been used/destroyed in the extraction process. They cannot be used to help convert raw grains. A small amount of amylase enzyme powder will help do the trick.
7/4/2003 -- How much dme does it take to equal 1 lb. of bulk liquid extract?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: DME is about 20% more concentrated (by weight) than liquid malt extract. So:0.8 lb DME = 1 lb LME or,1 lb DME = 1.2 LME
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