When you prime with DME, there is a bit of break material formed when you boil the DME. How to brew mentions this, but doesn't say what to do about it or if you should care. Do you strain this material out?

I recently primed with DME for the first time and did get a wee bit of break material, but I'm not sure a seive would have even caught it. Is cheese cloth the answer? Or do you just dump it into your bottling bucket?

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I just dump.

[Edit, thanks to TinCoyote]

When asking these sort of questions I always think about the proportions (or dilution rate). Pitching a few tens of ml into 19,000 ml won't even register on your tongue.

  • Dean's succinct answer is entirely correct. There will be lees in the bottle from natural carbonation anyway.
    – TinCoyote
    Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 15:44
  • Doesn't a cup or so of DME dissolved in two cups of water make for about 700ml, not a few tens? The values are still very disparate, but not quite so much.
    – JackSmith
    Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 17:59
  • I thought you were asking about the break material. Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 19:40
  • Oh, I thought you were talking about the entire priming solution. I get it now.
    – JackSmith
    Commented Mar 11, 2010 at 13:32

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