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When I made my first batch of West Coast Ale, it came with a bag called Booster or Alcohol Booster. Now I have a can of the Mexican Cervesa and I saw in the recipes section, a recipe that calls for booster. Is this just pure sugar? If so, does anyone know how much is in the bag? I dont need to purchase the recipe kit because I have everything else required. FYI, it is that Chili- Lime recipe.

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information at mr beer.com.says booster is corn syrup solids they don't recommend using cane sugar it will give your beer a dry taste and leave a cider after taste that will take longer to condition out .most here recommend using the brew max lme softpack.

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You said that you were in agreement with RickBeer but he said to use a 1/2 lb of LME and you said DME. Now im confused  :....(

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I brewed the West Coast pale Ale with the booster and even after 8 weeks in the bottle, it still had a mild cider like taste. As others suggested use a DME (dry malt extract) or a LME (liquid) I would use one pound of light  DME for more body and flavor. Not sure of the conversion from dry measure to liquid, but I guess 8 fluid oz of LME would be a good addition rather than booster.

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DME is dried LME.  Or, LME is wet DME.  The conversion is:

1 lb of DME = 1.25 pounds of LME.

1 lb of LME = 0.8 pounds of DME

DME stores great.  LME, if you buy it in a can, stores great.  Once you open it (or if you buy it in bulk), it goes bad eventually.  I buy bulk LME for several recipes at once and refrigerate the remainder for 3 - 4 weeks or so with no issues. My LHBS will fill my containers with any amount, so I can get a bunch of 0.5 lbs, or one full of 7 pounds.  Whatever I want.

I add a pound of LME to all Mr. Beer batches, but I like malty beers and don't care if I skew the flavor profile.

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As a foot note:

If you store opened LME, put a thin layer of vodka on it. That will keep any "bugs" or other stuff from getting to the LME and allowing it to last longer. Just say'n

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I'm gonna start brewing of Partytime Pilsner tomorrow, so I have all ingredients but you guys recommend to use a DME instead of a Booster.. If I put a 1/2lb pouch of Mr.Beer LME Smooth (yeah, already I have..) instead of a pack of Booster, can I get better result?

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Yes, either LME or DME will give you a better result than booster.  The Smooth LME will be darker than Pale would be, but personally I think I would prefer its slightly richer flavor. Best of luck with it!

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Foothiller// appreciate your reply!

What a useless item a Booster is.. ( at least for me..) I'm gonna enjoy the effect of Saaz hops and the Smooth LME :laugh:

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I'm not going to throw out my inventory of booster since I don't think it's useless, but I'm still working on finding its best uses.  One thing I'm hoping is that a partial bag can work like maltodextrin for head retention, while LME or DME give the beer most of its character. 

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A great way to boost your ABV without adding any flavor profile is using Agave nectar.  It is 1.4 times sweeter than sugar and as far as I can tell leaves no flavor or color influences.  Also works great for a bottling primer.

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Can't argue with that, but I've never been one to trash Booster.  It fits sometimes.

Also, don't put your nose up on good 'ol cane sugar.   Within slim ratios, it's a good kicker.

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