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Those old Brew Your Own recipes are a little vague on ingredients, and hard to figure out. You have an added handicap of being in the Eurozone, it seems. Likely the 3.3 bs. of amber light extract is LME (because in the U.S. they sell it in 3.3 lb. cans and plastic milk jugs), and you can substitute a 1.5 kg can of Coopers Light Malt Extract or the Premium ...
Adding something like fruit introduces additional fermentable sugar to the process. If you do that at bottling time, you may run a risk of creating "bottle bombs". So the sources i've read suggest doing that in a secondary, with the same controls as for a primary fermentation (an airlock or something equivalent).
Stored cool, dry and out of sunlight, DME is good for 2+ years. The main issue is with it picking up moisture, when it then becomes clumpy. But once boiled it's still good and you can use it up to 5 years in small quantities (say 1-2lb/0.5-1kg in a 5 gallon batch.)
From the first item in the search results for "briess dme shelf life": Briess "Product Information & Typical Analysis" sheet for a similar DME [PDF Warning] STORAGE AND SHELF LIFE Store in a cool, dry location. Unopened bags best if used within 24 months from date of manufacture.
DMEmart.com, buy hops by the pound and reuse your yeast. You should be able to brew a batch for under $25/5 gallons. Under $30 if you wanna church it up. I got into homebrewing young, like full grain brewing in high school (parents thought it was ok, long as I didn't get drunk) and gave up the hobby in my 20's cuz I got sick of paying 200+% markup to ...
You're perfectly fine. If the extract has sugar in it, it means it will ferment out, which is safer to do during secondary than at bottling anyways. If not, it just means it will have more time to naturally mix in to the beer during secondary, as opposed to having to stir it in at bottling time. For any sugarless extract addition, you should be able to ...
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