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I'm about to make 5 gallons of a rather light lager. The recipe calls for 6.5 lbs DME (munton's extra light), but I could only order two 3 lb bags and a 1 lb bag. Would it be a disaster to toss that extra half pound of DME in the boil, or would it probably work out alright? What would the main effects be - darker, higher OG, sweeter?

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If your yeast are in great shape and you are pitching the right amount, then there is no need for concern over it being a little sweet in the end.

An extra half pound will raise the gravity by only 4-5 points for a 5 gallon batch. So go for it.

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Would it (likely) attenuate to the correct final gravity, or would I have to adjust my expectations for both original and final? –  Nate Feb 9 '11 at 14:37
    
You'd need to adjust your expectations, but we're talking maybe a point or two difference at FG. –  brewchez Feb 9 '11 at 15:17
    
I think you'd be hard pressed to taste the difference in FG. –  George Feb 10 '11 at 17:48
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Agree, you probably won't taste the difference. But I would expect the gravity to up tick a couple points at FG. –  brewchez Feb 10 '11 at 19:09
    
okay, because of a whole bunch of life stuff, brew day was pushed back a month, but now I can firmly say - OG was 5 points higher, and my FG was actually lower than the recipe said to expect! –  Nate Apr 2 '11 at 12:22

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