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Were_Wolf 02-07-2013 12:07 AM

ingredients question
 
hey guys I bought liquid yeast. Hops that is sealed and grains for a brew I was going to make but things came up. I bought everything early October and kept the yest refrigerated as well as the hops and the grains in a bread basket... my question is it okay to make the brew using that stuff that has been sitting for a few months?

I am going to guess that the yest and hops would be good. The grains have never gotten wet or anything just don't know if the stuff I am going to brew needs to be used in a certain amount of time..
thanks guys

forstmeister 02-07-2013 12:12 AM

If the grains are crushed then they will probably not be good any longer.

igotsand 02-07-2013 12:17 AM

Are the grains crushed?
Taste the grains and if they don't taste stale, then use them...
Really only one way to find out...brew somethin with it!
Igotsand

YWAMissionary 02-07-2013 12:18 AM

A good way to make sure your grain stays fresh is to buy a fresh loaf of bread. When the bread is stale the grain will be stale. With that said, grain from October is most defiantly stale, uncracked grain will keep for a few months if stored properly.

Were_Wolf 02-07-2013 12:20 AM

the grains were crushed... but the hops and yest should be okay?

forstmeister 02-07-2013 12:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Were_Wolf
the grains were crushed... but the hops and yest should be okay?

I would freeze the hops for future reference. They last longer but they might be fine. As someone already stated, try them out to see. You may want to do a yeast starter for yeast that old.

Were_Wolf 02-07-2013 01:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by forstmeister (Post 4873590)
I would freeze the hops for future reference. They last longer but they might be fine. As someone already stated, try them out to see. You may want to do a yeast starter for yeast that old.

I tasted the grains, they didn't seem stale but I'm not sure what stale grains taste like. I tasted to me like oatmeal without being cooked yet..
To make a yeast starter I put boil some water with sugar in it then take if off and add the yeast once its cooled a little bit right?

Were_Wolf 02-07-2013 01:07 AM

Also thanks for everyone responses :)

Qhrumphf 02-07-2013 01:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Were_Wolf (Post 4873736)
I tasted the grains, they didn't seem stale but I'm not sure what stale grains taste like. I tasted to me like oatmeal without being cooked yet..
To make a yeast starter I put boil some water with sugar in it then take if off and add the yeast once its cooled a little bit right?

If the package for the grains was unopened and vacuum sealed properly, it might be ok.

As for starters, don't use sugar. Use malt extract. I use extra light DME for my starters. Using sugar can cause the yeast to only ferment simpler sugar, not maltose, and lead to fermentation problems. And you want to pitch your starter cool, just like you do for a full batch. I usually pitch my starters around 65 and let the starter go around 70.

MI_Troll 02-07-2013 01:14 AM

To make a yeast started you want to get some DME, boil with enough water to yield a 1.036 to 1.040 OG wort, cool and pitch. To know how much water and DME you need go to mrmalty.com or yeastcalc.com and follow the directions there.


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