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conversion of liquid and dry malt extract


07 Jun

Barley Malt extract is a dietary supplement derived from barley grains and water and  packed with sugars plus some nutrients. After being popular among undernourished children as a dietary and nutritional supplement, it became an important ingredient in homebrewing.

Malt Extract, as an ingredient, is present and is used in basically two forms: Liquid malt extract and dry malt extract.

Liquid malt extract is the form of malt extract that is yellowish brown in color and is free from any adulterants, odour, foreign flavor and impurities.


LME is a natural food ingredient which is responsible for enhancing aroma, color and sweetness in any recipe. It improves and enhances the flavor, palatability, appearance and food value of the final product.


DME is the wort from which almost all the moisture has been removed. If the final product is a dried powder, the malt extract has undergone a complete evaporation process by way of “spray drying”, thus removing virtually all of the water.

The biggest upside to the malt extract powder in India is that, when you add the dry malt extract it ends up floating to the top so the chances of burning are very less. Other than this it stays fresh for a longer period than the liquid malt extract. Also, it is easy to store, easy to transfer into separate containers and easy to clean up any spills too.


People usually wonder, if it matters to use malt liquid extract or dry malt extract?

In general terms, no. Both are the same but you can get different colours of DME and LME ranging from pale to medium to dark for example but pale malt extract is the same whether it be dry or liquid. 

But the primary difference between the two is the amount of water in each. As the two types of malt are different in water content, a pound of liquid extract and a pound of dry extract differ in sugar content as well. Therefore, LME and DME are not casually  interchangeable in a recipe. However, the conversion between the two is quite simple.


Conversion between liquid malt extract (LME) to dry malt extract (DME)?

The ratio for use between the dry and syrup forms of malt extract can be approximated as follows: Liquid malt extracts are roughly 20% water so 1kg of liquid is the same as 800g of dry malt extract. If you want to convert a recipe that lists LME then multiply the amount by 0.8 to achieve the amount of DME required. If your recipe list is dry then divide the amount by 0.8 to reach the amount of liquid extract needed. To explain it better, here is an example:

3kg of LME = 3 x 0.8 = 2.4kg of DME

3kg of DME = 3 / 0.8 = 3.75kg of LME

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