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Old 01-18-2007, 12:57 PM   #11
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Three hours...dang. Seems to me with the price of gas you could pick up a mill for about the cost of one or two trips to your LHBS. $.02

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Old 01-18-2007, 01:16 PM   #12
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I feel a grain mill comin on.....

lorenae, the freezer will prolong the life of your grains character. Just be certain that you use the vacuum seals. Grains in general are highly susceptable to pulling in off flavors from the freezer. Oh one more thing, you will get condensation on your grains if you open the bag before it comes to room temperature so be sure to take them out about 2 hours before you plan to use them if you are going to repackage part of the grain.

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Old 01-18-2007, 01:24 PM   #13
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Kindof off topic...

Lorena,

Having grown up in Michigan and spent a fair amount of time in the UP as a kid, I've always wondered about life up there. Do I remember correctly that you live in the western UP? (like Iron Mountain or something?)

Where do you drive to for big-city things like the HBS, etc? And how often do you do that?

I guess it's a lot easier now that one can order virtually anything online.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:24 PM   #14
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I brewed a batch that had been stored in our fridge for almost 4 months. It was my only beer that turned out bad - so bad that I had to pour almost all of it out! That should say a lot. I can't say for sure that it was the grain, but it was a recipe I'd brewed a few times before and it had always been great. That was a lot of work for undrinkable beer, so I don't think I'll ever bother brewing grain again that's been sitting in the fridge for more a month.

That said, vacuum sealing and storing in the freezer may be an option, but sealing 10+ pounds of grain may be a challenge!

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Old 01-18-2007, 02:30 PM   #15
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I've brewed with pre-crushed grains that were vacuum sealed and kept in the freezer for over nine months. No problems whatsoever.

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I took a 6 month sabbatical from brewing. The third of a bag of crushed grain I had left and used made good beer.

I know it's different but flour can last years with no problems.

If you have the capacity the best way to store it is by heating it in water, draining it(throe it away), adding hops, boiling it, add yeast then store in suitable containers.

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Kindof off topic...

Lorena,

Having grown up in Michigan and spent a fair amount of time in the UP as a kid, I've always wondered about life up there. Do I remember correctly that you live in the western UP? (like Iron Mountain or something?)

Where do you drive to for big-city things like the HBS, etc? And how often do you do that?

I guess it's a lot easier now that one can order virtually anything online.
Yes, I'm in the central/western UP. The nearest city of any size is Appleton, Wisconsin. It's about 160 miles from here on two lane roads- no highway. There is a place only about 40 miles away that is trying to be a LHBS. I have picked up some hops there, but recently she told me that she only orders once a year or so, since she has to have a $5000 order each time. She doesn't have bulk grains or a mill anyway, but I'm only getting priming sugar, etc, there now. I go to Appleton maybe 4 time a year, and order most things online. I have tons of freezer space with two freezers and only 3 deer this year- that's why I was thinking about freezing it. Maybe a mill is what I need (and a wort chiller, and a new pot, and a new thermometer and bottling tree and a carboy washer, and _______)

Thanks for all the input, I appreciate it.

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Yes, I'm in the central/western UP. The nearest city of any size is Appleton, Wisconsin. It's about 160 miles from here on two lane roads- no highway. There is a place only about 40 miles away that is trying to be a LHBS. I have picked up some hops there, but recently she told me that she only orders once a year or so, since she has to have a $5000 order each time. She doesn't have bulk grains or a mill anyway, but I'm only getting priming sugar, etc, there now. I go to Appleton maybe 4 time a year, and order most things online. I have tons of freezer space with two freezers and only 3 deer this year- that's why I was thinking about freezing it. Maybe a mill is what I need (and a wort chiller, and a new pot, and a new thermometer and bottling tree and a carboy washer, and _______)

Thanks for all the input, I appreciate it.

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I noticed somebody last night was offering a free Corona mill that they had kicking around, but I can't find the thread quickly. Might be worth taking them up on it, see if it works for you. I think they were only looking for shipping. I would have been over it, but I'm putting one together with some roller mills from Yuri.
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I noticed somebody last night was offering a free Corona mill that they had kicking around, but I can't find the thread quickly. Might be worth taking them up on it, see if it works for you. I think they were only looking for shipping. I would have been over it, but I'm putting one together with some roller mills from Yuri.
It's on the previous page in this same thread, by ajf

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=19893

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I PM'd him, but haven't heard back yet. That might work for me!

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