Liquid versus Dry malt extract..What are the differences?
Firstly, the conversion between DME and LME (by weight):
LME x .8 = DME
[LME is 80% malt extract and 20% water...]
Dry Malt Extract
Easy to handle. Weighing portions is simple and exact.
Fresh and consistent in color, which is very important to brewing your beer to the proper style guidelines
You'll get more fermentable sugars because it will not sink like LME and burn
"Clumps together"...if you don't pour slowly and stir to dissolve before boiling...
Slightly more expensive than LME.
We prefer dry malt extract at Barley Haven. DME is simply a better malt extract in all terms of quality..better shelf life, easier to use for brewing, and DME gets better results.
Liquid Malt Extract
Marginally less expensive than DME (when calculated for weight conversions).
Weighing portions is very difficult, due to 'sticky' nature of LME.
The older LME is the more inconsistent in color it will be for brewing beer..
Easily sinks to the bottom of your kettle and caramelizes..losing fermentable sugars