How to Convert LME to DME

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Homebrewers can be divided into two main groups: all-grain brewers and extract brewers. Extract brewers use liquid or dry malt extract in lieu of mashing and sparging numerous pounds of base malts. When drafting your homebrew recipes --- or adjusting existing recipes to fit your ingredient list and brewing style --- it's important to know how to convert liquid malt extract (LME) measurements to dry malt extract (DME) measurements.

Things You'll Need

  • Homebrew recipe
  • Calculator
  • DME
  • Digital scale
  • Bowl
  • Determine how many pounds of LME the homebrew recipe requires.

  • Divide the number of pounds of LME required by 1.25.

    For example, because 1 pound of DME equals 1.25 pounds of LME, a recipe that requires 8 pounds of LME would require 6.4 pounds of DME.

  • Use the digital scale to measure the appropriate amount of DME needed for the recipe. Place the DME into a bowl and add it to the kettle at the same time LME would be added, per your homebrew recipe.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are a variety of homebrewing software applications available for both Mac and Windows users. These applications can do the conversions automatically.
  • Instead of converting recipes that use LME to DME, explore the various kinds of LME available, like light, pilsen and amber, and see how the use of LME affects your brewing style.

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