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Old 08-10-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Old ass grains

I know this question has been asked, but mine has a twist. I've returned to brewing after three years. When I was moving three years ago, I packed all my supplies (including several plastic bags of special grains as well as regular malt) in a box. The box was well sealed, but has moved from VA to NC to NY and now to TN. Besides during the moving process the box was mostly in a typical room temperature room, but may have spent a month in a hot garage.

My question is should I brew with them or toss them? I could understanding tossing the pale malt and marris otter, as who knows what my efficiency would be like. But what about the specialty grains if I'm doing some extract brews to get started or if I were putting them in a mash with "newer" pale malt?

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:28 PM   #2
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I'd stay away from all ass grain, no matter how fresh.

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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taste them. If they taste stale, toss 'em.

Personally, I'd brew with them, but then again, I brew fairly often and have a pretty good pipeline going.

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:43 PM   #4
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If the grain was already milled/crushed, chances are it's NFG. If whole, it could be good. As mentioned, taste it to see.

How much grain are we talking about here? If only a few pounds (under 20#) then it might not be worth even trying to use it. After three years, I would be concerned that the grain would have lost enough of it's potential to not really be worth using. Or you'd need to use more of it to get the same end result...

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I wouldn't brew with it personally. Hop to grain cost wouldn't justify the effort frankly - with hops carrying more value in that equation than some old specialty grains that most likely aren't going to give your beer the potential to shine.

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I would try brewing with the old grain.... If not just to use the free supplies to determine whether the rest of your gear is in working shape. If you get very low efficiency on the mash, or the beer tastes like ass, then it it is time to restock.

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Use it to experiment. Wash but dont sanitize, aerate with your arm in the wort, rack using your mouth, etc. Just see how hard it really is to mess up beer and if its not see if it tastes good in the end

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betting on spoiled grains... but taste & see... you will know

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