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Old 03-14-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default Are uncrushed grains 11+ months old still good to use for brewing?

Ran out of pale malt and there is no LHBS within 80+ miles drive so I bought a 50 lb bag of uncrushed pale malt from another homebrewer in the nearby town. After I got home I noticed some tape covering part of the label of the bag. The bag was filled/processed on April 11, 2011. Does anyone know if these grains will still be good to use and if so should I adjust my recipes at all for their age.? [I trust that the homebrewer kept them cool and dry in his basement.]

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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They could still be fine. Just taste them. If they taste stale then don't use them.

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I have grains older than that and they are still good.

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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Grains last for a long time as long as you keep them dry

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OK...good news to know so I can go ahead and brew this weekend.

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:40 PM   #6
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At least half of my grain at any given time is more than a year old. Yer good!

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:42 PM   #7
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All my grain is older than that I'm sure. It's not like we get fresh grain every time we buy a sack.

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I've used grain over 2 years old, stored in a hot garage and it's made good beer.

Keep it dry and safe from vermin & insects and will be fine. See this.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/new-...ew-beer-95872/

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Id echo edwort's comments, if its clean and dry you should be safe.. I took a 2 yr hiatus from brewing and had a couple sacks of barley sit over that time. the beer was just find afterwards

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:11 AM   #10
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I had about 15 pounds of year old crushed grain that I used in a batch once. It made good beer. As long as it's kept dry, it's good.

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