One observation and one question, and then dextrose. Observation - Using distilled water for DME brewing has been mentioned several times in recent forum posts. I have hard water and been using it right along but look forward to making this change to distilled water and maybe improve my brew even more. Flavoring Grains and Distilled Water - Should distilled water be avoided when steeping flavoring grains? Dextrose (Corn Sugar) - What is the most you should use? I like how it dries the brew out and have been using around a pound to 5 pounds DME. This gives me ~5.5 to 6.0 ABV.