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Old 12-27-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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I have 7.5 pounds of crushed grain (7# of 2-row, 1/2#C20) that I intended to use months ago. I planned to brew early August, so I think this was crushed in late September, maybe early August.

It's been sitting in a Hefty Ziploc bag since then, in a box. I tasted some of the grain today and it tastes good. Who knows if that's any indication, though.

Is it still be good to brew with, or should I just dump it?

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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I have heard that crushed grain keeps only a few weeks like 6 or less. I am not positive but if it tastes good it may be okay. Never kept crushed grain longer than 3 weeks before using it so I cannot say for sure.

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Here's an idea (couldn't hurt). Use a small steeping grain bag and make a very small batch on the stove (mash, boil) and taste what comes out of that. If it's sweet and doesn't have an old or stale Wheaties/cereal taste I'd go for it.

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Then again, why would you risk a 6hr + over $10 worth of grain?

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:22 AM   #5
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It's fine, use it.

Uncrushed grain is good for a couple of years if kept dry, I see no reason why crushed grain should have a problem after 3 months if kept dry and sealed.

As I saw on another thread this evening, someone noted that a lot of partial mash kits probably sit on the shelves for a lot longer than 3 months ..... Go for it!

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:41 AM   #6
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You're fine. I used some that sat for over 6 months and got a 3rd place ribbon with it. The beer was awesome.

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Thanks for the input, guys!

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