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Old 09-07-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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I ordered a beer kit and had them crack the grain for me. That was about a month or so ago and the cracked grain has not been refrigerated but it is sealed. Is it still good for brewing or will I need to get fresher grains?

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Old 09-07-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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By not being refrigerated, has the grain been sitting outside in the hot sun, or has it been in a basement under somewhat cool conditions? I do not like to use Cracked Grains when they have been cracked for more then a week. But hey, I am anal and I know of a few people that have used Cracked Grain that has been sitting around for more then 6 months. If I were you, I'd use the grain you have. Also, are you AG'ing or PM'ing?

Personally, I crack my grains about 10 minutes before I mash in. I understand that not everyone has that option, but it sure is noce to have it.

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I've used sealed cracked grains stored at room temps several months after purchase with no ill effects. No worries.

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I ordered a beer kit and had them crack the grain for me. That was about a month or so ago and the cracked grain has not been refrigerated but it is sealed. Is it still good for brewing or will I need to get fresher grains?
They should be fine as long as they've been sealed and kept dry.
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Sealed, kept dry in temp range of 60-70? You can go months, no problem.

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Old 09-07-2008, 07:53 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the input. The grains have been sealed and kept dry at room temp. (73-78) for a couple of months. Also, the yeast (white labs pitchable) has been refrigerated that whole time. Am I safe in assuming the yeast is fine as well?

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There should be a date on the vial. If it's passed this date, it's probably still usable but you should make a starter with it to ensure viability. In fact, it's recommended that you use a starter whenever you use liquid yeast. It's also a good ifea to have a couple packs of dry yeast on hand as a back-up in case the liquid yeast has crapped out.

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My crushed grains have been sitting unsealed in a paper bag for a week....should i hurry up and use them or will i be ok?

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Do they feel damp or kind of clump up in your hand or do the seem dry and granular?

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What do you mean by sealed? I crush my own grain at the LHBS, twist it, and bread tie it. Or are you talking about vacuum sealed?

I'd love to get about 3-4 beers worth of crushed grain to use over 6-8 weeks.

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