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Old 08-23-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default Grain too old to brew with?

I just discovered a bag of mixed grain I crushed 5 or so months ago for a batch, and then never got around to brewing. It's been stored in a cool, dry dark place, but 5 months is a long time.

What do you think? Toss it? Or might it still be used to brew a good beer?

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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1. Sniff test. Does it smell old? If not...
2. Taste test. Does is taste stale? If not...
3. Put a small amount in water that is heated to about 158. Give it 10 minutes and taste the wort. Does it taste sweet? If so...
4 Brew beer.

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If it's been in a dry environment, it may be just fine. If it's been exposed to humidity, probably not.

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A friend of mine that runs a medium sized craft brewery gets his grain pre-milled and sometimes it sits for 6 months or more. They have very tight quality control and seem OK with it. I buy my bulk grain from him and have never had a problem that could be traced to that.

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