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Storing LME

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I've been looking at different LME/DME brewing kits at my LHBS. 

Problem: every one makes 5 gal. batches, and I only have one LBK so far.

Is there any way i can store LME so it won't go bad or lose flavor? (max storage 2-3 weeks; enough time to free up my fermenter) Ziploc bags or tupperware in the fridge? Or maybe my pantry (it's dark and kind of cool in there)

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Using the search function, or if it's not working using site:community.mrbeer.com/community/discussion-forums storing lme yields many results as this is often asked and answered.  There's also tremendous discussion about splitting 5 gallon batches.  

You need to distinguish between LME and DME.  You wouldn't want to pour LME into a plastic bag.

DME stores fine in a bag for a long time, kept away from moisture.  LME stores best refrigerated, and some put a layer of vodka on the top with plastic wrap on the can.  I buy LME in bulk in  my container and refrigerate it for as long as 6 weeks with no issues and no vodka.  Over time, LME may turn darker.

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I put my LME in the freezer.  I either keep it in the half gallon jug or I divide it up into plastic frozen juice containers, which hold 1.2 lb each (5 containers per half gallon jug).  Then I can grab one Pilsen LME, one Amber or whatever I need.  It doesn't really expand as it freezes, so it works fine.  Sometimes I leave it in the freezer for a year and I haven't noticed any difference in the beer I make with it than with fresh stuff I just bought, although I may not have as refined of a palate as other when it comes to beer.

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Thanks for the tips guys!

I had browsed through here for hours looking for an LME storage topic. But I only found DME solutions.

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what kind of expiration time is there when it comes to unopened LME/DME? Do they stay good as long as the basic HME cans? or, is still best to use them sooner rather than later?

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I would think that the HME would store longer than regular LME just because of the hops that are in it and I thought hops act as a preserving agent. Unless Im wrong

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You can also put a small layer of vodka on top and put it in the fridge depending on when you plan on using it.  Is the LME in a can or is it generic that they fill on the spot?  If it is a store kit and they are using bulk extract ask them if they will put together half a kit.  Many stores will.

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