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Old 07-02-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 07-02-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 07-02-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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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.

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

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Old 07-02-2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 07-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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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.

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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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