Dry Malt Extract (DME) is simply raw grains that have already gone through a process and is ready to use in beer making. Raw grains are dried, the malted, sparged, mashed, and then the water is evaporated from the wort.
Dried Malt Extract benefits from a low moisture content of generally less than 3%. This allows for an extra long shelf life of up to 5 years. If exposed to the elements, or moisture it will absorb it quickly and this will limit its life span substantially. Luckily signs of water absorption are easily noticed and will be visible as forming clumps.
The variety of Dried Malt Extracts are somewhat limited compared to malted grains, but still offer enough flexibility to brew a wide range of beers.
Dried Malt Extract Types
Dried Malt Extract can be found in the following primary styles
- Extra Light
There are many variations within these types depending on the original grains used, and the manufacturer. And generally the wheat varieties are a mixture of wheat and barley. In fact some makers use the same types but will add wheat to every variety, and change the product naming and style.
Dried Malt Extract Quantities
Dried Malt Extract can be found in 1, 3, 6, and 50 pound quantities. Variations of these sizes can be found, and depend on the manufacturer.
Dried Malt Extract Producers
Some of the producers of Dried Malt Extract include: