Kiss those DME clumps goodbye

Briess_DissolvingDME_Supplies_72dpiSome home and craft brewers shy away from using DME just to avoid the clumps. You know the ones. You dump a bag of DME into the kettle and it immediately clumps up, so you spend the next half hour of your life stirring and breaking them up. There’s a simple trick to avoid that.

Cold water.

Whether you’re brewing beer from extract or using it to supplement your all-grain beer, add DME only after you’ve dissolved it in cold water. Watch this video  to see how effectively this technique is. When you’re done, which only takes a few minutes, you can add the extract slurry directly to your kettle of hot water or wort.

Why does this work? Briess DME is a natural humectant, meaning it is a very hygroscopic substance. As the steam from the boil rises it is actually caking the extract before it hits the water and creates clumping. That makes dissolving difficult. The best thing to do is dissolve your DME in water 100°F – 120°F, make a slurry and add to your boil. Alternatively, Briess DME will dissolve in tap water.

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About Dan Bies

Dan BiesPrior to joining Briess, Dan gained experience as a chemist and lab leader in several industries. At Briess, Dan is responsible for performing malt analysis, microbiological testing, brewing and R&D projects, including new product development and process improvement. Dan manages the pilot brewing and pilot plant operations and commercialization of new products in the extract plant. Recent projects include gluten free beer, malta, fermented malt beverage base and downstream beer color and flavor adjustment products. He regularly helps formulate recipes for home and craft brewers and has published articles, posters and given presentations in support of the craft brewing industry. Prior to joining the technical service staff, Dan was an analyst in the malting lab.

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