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Dry Malt Extract Beer

The malt extract have made beer brewing really simple and affordable. Rather than spending half a day making wort, now you can make it in 20 minutes. Here is a simple recipe to get you started.

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Malt Extract Beer

Maninder Singh
The recipe creates 5 litres of beer which is light, smooth and easy to drink on all occasions.
Beer is more than 5000 years old alcoholic beverage whichwas not only created to preserve food but also recommended as medicine in themedieval age.
This recipe is very easy to brew and does not require anyspecialised equipment and yet retains the freshness and aromas of a craft beer.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Fermentation Time 10 days
Total Time 10 days 45 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine alcohol, beer
Servings 15 pints
Calories 10 kcal


  • Boiling Pot (mandatory)
  • Fermenter (mandatory)
  • Airlock Or Silicon Pipe (mandatory)
  • Mixing Spoon (Preferred)
  • Thermometer (Optional)
  • Hydrometer (Optional)


  • 800 gm Dry Malt Extract (Barley DME) If you are using LME, liquid malt use 25% extra
  • 8 gm Dual purpose Hops eg US Cascade
  • 5-7 gm Beer Yeast
  • 6 Liters Water


  • Warm the 6 litres water in boiling pot and add Dry Malt Extract and dissolve it. (Remember to switch off the heat when adding DME.
  • Bring the Wort to Boil. (This liquid after adding DME or after Sparging in case you are using grain is now called Wort)
  • Add half of the Hops (4gms) to the wort and boil for 20 mins
  • Add the remaining hops (4gms) to the wort and boil for 10 mins
  • Switch off the flame and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Cool down the wort and bring it to room temperature. Do not put anything in the wort from this point until cooled. (you can do Ice bath to cool it quickly or let it cool by itself)
  • Once cooled, transfer the wort to the fermenter and give it a good shake for 2 minutes to infuse oxygen.
  • Add the beer yeast to the fermenter and cover the lid and attach airlock.
  • Ferment for 10 days and then siphon the beer from top leaving the sediments in the fermenter to bottles
  • Condition the bottles for at least 5 days and enjoy your beer chilled.


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This is the easiest recipe for beginners or for those who want to quickly brew their beer without spending a lot of time on the brewing and also without spending a lot of money on equipment and ingredients.
While it easy, it still teaches and uses advanced techniques of dual hopping for bitterness and flavors.
Depending on your yeast, the beer will have alcohol content will be between 4% to 6%.


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  1. which yeast is used for ,alt extract based brew. is it available on your site. please guide.

    1. Mam you can use any of the beer making yeast along with Dry malt extract the list of options is here

  2. which is the yeast to use. i want to purchase the yeast

    1. Mam you can use any of the beer making yeast along with Dry malt extract the list of options is here

  3. Mike Lovatt

    5 stars
    Do I need to add a little sugar to bottles for carbonation

    1. Yes Mike priming sugar at the time of bottling is recommended to get a nice fizzy head in beer. You can refer to this article for details

  4. Noel Menezes

    Will the boil time remain the same, if i scale up to 10 or 15 liters?

    1. with malt extract everything is done for you. you just need to boil cool, add yeast and enjoy

  5. 5 stars
    I really appreciate this simple and concise recipe for using dry malt extract. Most others over complicate it. Thank you again.

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks Hira for sharing

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