What is malt extract? According to the American Homebrewer's Association, malt extract can be defined as “concentrated sugar extracted from brewing-grade malted barley.” Malt extract comes in both liquid or dry form.
When used as a sweetener, malt extract is a functional ingredient that serves as a source of antioxidants, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and is made with whole grains. Malt extract is a rich source of soluble fiber, which helps improve digestion by optimizing good bacteria and minimizing bad bacteria.
DME—To keep Briess CBW® dry malt extract (DME) from clumping, dissolve it in hot but not boiling water (100-120°F) to make a slurry, then add the slurry to your boil. Standard homebrew recipes yield five gallons. Prior to brewing, use a permanent marker or tape to indicate the five gallon level on your fermenter.