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Old 12-14-2006, 01:19 PM   #1
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How long would uncracked grain last in a room that holds a temp of about 65 degrees? I am looking into bulk grain purchase, although I do realize that my base grain would have to be the same for quite a few batches.

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Old 12-14-2006, 01:52 PM   #2
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Months and months. I've recently brewed with four-year old grain (I took a break) and other than a modest reduction in efficiency there were no discernable effects. And, I'm in the middle of a keg of stout that has four-year-old roasted barley in it right now.

I wouldn't recommmend leaving it around that long.... but a few months in the kind of storage you mention should do no harm (I realize there are purists out there who will think I'm crazy).

Buy whole. Buy in bulk. Save money. Make more beer.

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Old 12-14-2006, 03:55 PM   #3
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Malted grains, like barley and wheat, if stored cool and dry and 65 F is cool, will last for at least a year if there is no rodent or insect damage. I store my grains in my garage (45 - 70 F depending on the season) in plastic trash cans with lids for about a year and have had no problems. I use in up in about a year. Malted grains stored for extended times (more than a year) can become slightly oixdized in flavor and slowly lose enzymatic activity. However, depending on the condition of the grain, grain variety, degree of skinning (lack of husk coverage), etc, this can take a few years to occur. I would say the safe figure is a year to 11/2 years and keep it cool, dry and away from insects and rodents.

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Old 12-14-2006, 04:17 PM   #4
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Thanks! This puts me one step closer to bulk grain and a mill.

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Old 12-14-2006, 10:11 PM   #5
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Thanks! This puts me one step closer to bulk grain and a mill.
Take that step!! I just purchased a Barley Crusher and 55lbs of 2 row. My first 2 brews had efficiency above 80%!! And there is nothing like using 10lbs of grain for a brew, and staring at the bag, realizing you still have 45lbs left!!!

Also, when SWMBO sees you hand cranking the mill, and possibly breaking a sweat, she has no choice but to believe you when you say "It's saving us lots of money."

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Old 12-14-2006, 10:24 PM   #6
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What Rhino said exactly!
SWMBO and I aleady brewed 5 times this month and will probly do 3 or 4 more.Started out with 80# 2-row,20# crystal40,40#wheat and 5# black malt.What to brew?That's the question!
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:26 PM   #7
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What to brew?That's the question!
Barley Wine is always fun!
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:56 AM   #8
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Remember, from the end of the harvest (say for American grains in this example). After it gets malted, somebody has to store it! There won't be any more until the next harvest. Basically if you give it the proper conditions (as mentioned) there should be no difference than if you ordered it on a monthly basis, that is until the next harvest....which may not get sold until stock is used up.

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Old 12-15-2006, 05:20 PM   #9
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Great point Zoebisch01 !!!!

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Old 12-17-2006, 06:46 PM   #10
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I rember reading about storing grains for food.

Use a 5 gallon bucket put some dry ice in it put the lid on when the ice melts it leaves CO2 behind to kill off the pests.

If you had a couple of buckets it might be worth doing in the bucket that is going to be used last.

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