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I will be doing a partial mash in the near future. Since I live over 60 miles from the nearest LHBS, I need to find the best option on storing the grains. I will be buying grains for 3 or 4 batches and since I do not have a grain mill at this time, the grains will be milled at the LHBS, I know this is not the best thing to do.

Is it best to just put the grains in plastic bins and leave at room temperature or should I find a way to put it in the refrigerator or freezer? And how long can I leave it?

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"k9dude" post=388963 said:

Get this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000U5NZ4I/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've been using one for over 2 years now and have made AG 5 batches with it. Milled grains have a shelf life of around 1 month and you should only freeze them if you have a vacuum sealer.

+1 to that Victoria/Corona style mill. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. Then you can buy all the unmilled grains you like and store at cool room temps for a year or more.

BTW, before I got this mill, I was storing my milled grains in a tight plastic container in the freezer, after double wrapping them in plastic bags. Even after 6 months or more, they all seemed to work out okay, giving me satisfactory OG's and no rancid smell or taste that I could tell of.

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"Joechianti" post=388970 said:

"k9dude" post=388963 said:

Get this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000U5NZ4I/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've been using one for over 2 years now and have made AG 5 batches with it. Milled grains have a shelf life of around 1 month and you should only freeze them if you have a vacuum sealer.

+1 to that Victoria/Corona style mill. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. Then you can buy all the unmilled grains you like and store at cool room temps for a year or more.

BTW, before I got this mill, I was storing my milled grains in a tight plastic container in the freezer, after double wrapping them in plastic bags. Even after 6 months or more, they all seemed to work out okay, giving me satisfactory OG's and no rancid smell or taste that I could tell of.

Thanks k9dude and Joechiachi. I will order the Victoria/Corona style mill before I start my first PM.

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I've got that exact mill...works like a champ. And you can remove the handle and put a bolt in there, then put your cordles drill/driver to it with a socket adapter and it really tears through the grains.

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If you're going to be using grains on a more regular basis, I'd recommend getting a vacuum sealer. You're not always going to be using exactly a pound of grain in a recipe, especially when it comes to specialty grains. I can only buy by the pound at my LHBS, so when I have a recipe that calls for, say, 1/2 pound of chocolate malt, or 1/4 pound of Crystal 60, I use what I need and vacuum seal the rest. It keeps more or less indefinitely.

But I second the grain mill. I crush my own grains, and wouldn't have it any other way.

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I finally picked up a corona mill and I'm glad I did. Before that I crushed grains with a small ninja blender but I think it mashed them too much. Just invest in a proper mill. Only about 50 bucks.

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"FedoraDave" post=389009 said:

If you're going to be using grains on a more regular basis, I'd recommend getting a vacuum sealer. You're not always going to be using exactly a pound of grain in a recipe, especially when it comes to specialty grains. I can only buy by the pound at my LHBS, so when I have a recipe that calls for, say, 1/2 pound of chocolate malt, or 1/4 pound of Crystal 60, I use what I need and vacuum seal the rest. It keeps more or less indefinitely.

But I second the grain mill. I crush my own grains, and wouldn't have it any other way.


I do have a vacuum sealer. I have been sealing the specialty grains that I have extra. Does it make a difference if i store the sealed grains at room temp or would putting them in the frig or freezer be better?

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I don't think there would be any advantage to taking up fridge or freezer space. Look at it this way: How are the grains stored by the supplier and the LHBS? They're not refrigerated the way the hops and yeast are. If they don't do it, why should we?

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I, like Dave, can only get specialty grains by the pound so I have to vacuum seal the leftovers.

Vacuum sealing is the best IMHO.

I do put mine in the beer fridge though mainly because my basement has been known to have a rodent occasionally!
Haven't noticed any adverse effects.

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I think moisture is your big enemy here. If you can vacumn seal and then put them in a rubbermaid tub or something that should protect you from rodents and other things, and preserve valuable fridge space for yeast, beer or fermenting suds. Everything I have read says room temp is fine, moisture is bad.

Cheers
jeff

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