So recently a friend of mine said he had some extra ingredients and couldnt use the for the rest of the summer and asked me if I wanted them. Of course being the economically minded individual I said yes please.
Now I knew that he brewed a lot but I had no idea that I was about to get what I got. And now out of nowhere I have over 140 lbs of assorted malts (wheat, pale, crystal, etc.) and 7lbs of different hops as well as a smack pack. And all the hops and malts are all organic as well since my friend has a good connection somewhere.
My question is, what does one do with all of this stuff? I have mainly been, until now, an extract brewer but it seems as though I will at least have to move into partial mash brewing. However I cant even fathom using 7lbs of hops within the next two years since ill probably only brew ever other weekend at most. I am also heading back up to school in about two months as well and do not have a lot of time left to brew until at least the winter.
So some more specific are; How long can I keep the grains for before they go bad? If the hops are airtight sealed and in the freezer how long might they last? Would anyone be interested in buying or trading for some of this stuff? i am looking to get a good number of things to upgrade my brewing process.