Ron Howard Dawson

Grain freshness

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I'm brewing the American porter recipie tonight, with a robust LME. Right now I'm steeping 2oz of chocolate malt that I had left over from my stickey wicket oatmeal stout recipie. The thing is, I didn't refrigerate the left over grains that I'm using. They have been in the Mr beer bag inside a Tupperware container for more than a few months now. I'm hoping this won't be an issue. My LHBS has literally barrels of grains for sale by weight that aren't kept cold.

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That's good to know. I figured it would be alright, but I thought I should throw it on the forum and see what others think.

slightly off topic, but, I visited a large brewery in San Francisco last week and they didn't have any of their grains refrigerated either.

I would imagine the grains don't sit around too long anyway to get old in their brewery.

They had what he called a "super sack" of Pilsen malt, weighing in at 2,200 lbs hanging from a steel rack. After seeing that, I didn't have the heart to say I'm a home brewer that sometimes uses 2, maybe 4 ounces of malt in my recipies.  

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ive used carapils that was in a lunch bag (paper) stored in a bottom drawer with my brewing equipment for over a year, but uncracked.  it still worked just as well.  youre fine.  if you crushed the grain and let it sit in open air for years I would say ... meh... but you didn't.

 

I doubt anyone's taste buds are so highly tuned that they can taste the difference in beer made with freshly crushed malt vs stuff that came out of a Tupperware from several months ago.

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Crushed vs whole is different, as noted.  Stored in container, in frig, once crushed.

 

2 oz of chocolate malt will be fine, just some flavor and color.

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There are many different thoughts on storing grains.  Some swear by storing in the fridge while others say to never store in fridge.

 

I store my grains in vacuum sealed bags in a sealed bucket in my basement.  I have used crushed smoked malt that was over a year old without any issues.  Uncrushed grains should last for a long time (several years) if kept in a cool dry place.

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seal crushed grain in a ziplock bag and put that in a Tupperware with a lid... keep it in a relatively stable temp with low humidity.  it should last quite a while. 

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1 hour ago, zorak1066 said:

seal crushed grain in a ziplock bag and put that in a Tupperware with a lid... keep it in a relatively stable temp with low humidity.  it should last quite a while. 

I keep mine double-bagged in Ziplock brand bags.  When I add them to the bag I roll them to get as much air out as I possibly can.  Do you think double-bagging is suffice to replace the Tupperware factor, Zorak.  Thanks in advance!  

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