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buffaloipa 07-02-2012 04:02 PM

Sort of old crushed grain
Question. I often order my crushed grain from Austin Homebrew because they allow you to order small amounts and will put it together as seperate grain bills in sealed bags.

I ordered a grain bill for an amber ale a few months ago thats been sealed at basement temp out of the light. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and brew it now? It's mostly two-row with some crystal and flaked wheat. Maybe add a pound of two of extra two-row in case of low conversion?

H-ost 07-02-2012 04:05 PM

If it is sealed, you might be fine.

You could try an overnight mash. I have heard of efficiencies jumping 10-15% with that method.

pm5k00 07-02-2012 04:17 PM

I have brewed with 2 month old crushed grain, sealed, and in my keezer at 34*F and the beer came out great, like it was only crushed a couple hours ago. I dont know what your basement temp is but I bet the grain is still in pretty good shape.

zeg 07-02-2012 04:23 PM

I've done it with crushed grain that was at room temperature for a couple of months. No problems, and got stellar efficiency.

JadeMonkeyStang 07-02-2012 04:28 PM

I brewed a kit that arrived crushed in a sealed plastic bag and then sat in my garage with no temp control for at LEAST 6 months. That beer came out great. I wouldn't worry about it.

buffaloipa 07-06-2012 01:26 PM

Well, the brew day went great! 74% efficiency doing a double batch sparge. (For me this is pretty good) It smelled great and although it's hard to tell with wort, it didn't taste stale at all.

I really think Austin Homebrew's crush gives a good yield. I'm going to order my next couple of grain bills from them.

duckredbeard 07-06-2012 01:41 PM

Moisture is the big spoiler for grain. My LHBS mills into paper bags but will use resealable plastic upon request. I do paper and plastic. When I get home, the bags go into a sealed bucket until brew dayas an added precaution. We bought a bag of bird seed once that was loaded with weevils. Finally got them eradicated. Still gonna use the bucket just in case.

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