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Should I even bother with this kit?

I would certainly make it if I had it around. I would get a fresh pack of dry yeast. It has the shortest shelf life of the stuff you have, and is the cheapest to replace. There's probably enough ...
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LME Sour Recipe Suggestions

Sour brewing doesn't mean all grain brewing by any stretch. Sour beers start with wort just like anything other beer; how you get your wort doesn't matter. Of course all-grain affords you more ...
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How to keep extract from caramelizing during the boil?

'Is it simply a matter of stirring continuously?' Pretty much, especially with DME. Once it's dissolved fully, though, there should be no further need to stir. So really 'continuously-until-it's-...
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Alternative malt extract for Northwestern Gold LME

Based on Northwestern's website (http://www.northwesternextract.com/brewing/malt/), their Gold LME is equivalent to light LME (not extra light) from other companies. It falls right in between their ...
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Mixing dme and lme

(1) Yes, you can use a mix of DME and LME in your recipe, but it will affect your recipe. You would be better off using all Bavarian wheat DME. The classic recipe book, Brewing Classic Styles, calls ...
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All Liquid Malt Extract without boiling

Boiling extract achieves a few things. Most important it kills many bacteria and wild yeast that might have made it's way into the wort. Even with properly sanitised equipment there is a risk that ...
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Substituting Dark LME with Amber LME in a Stout

You can kick up a fuss you'd be justified as it is not what you ordered. But, I'd just throw in some extra Dark Patent Malt and Roasted Barley, may be an extra .5lb of each to try and pull back the ...
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How to keep extract from caramelizing during the boil?

Couple tips for DME You just want the water warm when adding it. 100°F is fine. What you don't want is boiling or any steam, or it will clump before even touching the water making mixing a pain. ...
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Can any LME be used for Mr. Beer kits or is it suggested to only use theirs?

You can use LME (or DME) from any provider, they're all basically the same. There might be slight differences in sugar content, flavor, color, quality, &c., but LME is LME.
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LME Sour Recipe Suggestions

If you're limited to LME you may want to just use lactic acid to sour a beer. This can be done post fermentation to taste. You can use traditional bacteria with an LME beer but it would need to be ...
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How to keep extract from caramelizing during the boil?

Along with the stirring it helps to turn off the heat before adding the extracts. Preheating the water helps get extract to dissolve faster. If you are using a gas stove top just turn it off. If ...
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Breaking down liquid malt extract

I wouldn't dilute the extract, for a couple reasons: First, the extract doesn't need to be sterile when stored, because it contains so little water. Add some water and things will start growing. ...
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All Liquid Malt Extract without boiling

You should get the water to at least 160 for a few minutes to pasteurize it. Another reason to heat it up is to help thin out the thick and syrupy LME. Also, if you want to extract any bitterness from ...
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