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12pmmike 12-03-2008 11:30 PM

how long on cracked grain
 
Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew how long cracked grain can sit around before being mashed? I know it is best if used asap but things happen. like overtime at work. If a week goes by and then the grains are mashed, what are the effects on the brew? By the way this is my first thread with this site so be easy on me:mug:

Tech211 12-03-2008 11:44 PM

You will get a huge variety of answers to this question. I am comfortable using it up to four weeks after crushing, but I have seen people recomend using it up to three months after it is crushed. The best advice may be to taste it before you use it and make your own call. I always taste my grain and I can tell a difference by taste when it has been sitting for awhile.

12pmmike 12-04-2008 01:08 AM

makes me happy
 
Hey! That makes me feel a lot better. With a loving wife that allows me my hobby and two time consuming kids, it is hard to find time to brew. Most of the time i find myself brewing in the middle of the night. Im sure most everyone knows how i feel. happy beer making.

BeerPressure 12-04-2008 01:47 AM

sigh..... search function

ajf 12-04-2008 03:08 AM

If it's kept cool (< 65F) and dry, it should be OK for at least a month or two, and possibly longer.

-a.

zac 12-04-2008 04:51 AM

I have used grain sealed in zip-lock bags up to 6 months after crushing. I'm not saying it was the best beer, but it was beer. Fresher is better, but less fresher isn't bad..

BarleyWater 12-04-2008 05:00 AM

I rarely let it go more than a week or so after crushing, but a few weeks shouldn't hurt. I would throw it in the fridge to keep it fresh while you wait.

Uncrushed, it could last a year or so if kept under good conditions.

pjj2ba 12-04-2008 02:47 PM

Losing enzyme activity is not the problem if it is properly stored (I did the experiment - it lasts a loooong time). The problem is the flavors going stale, just like with most food items. Again here, this too will depend on how it was stored. If it's been cool and airtight, it will keep fresh longer. If it is in an open bag on top of your fridge, it would probably go stale pretty quick - but it still could be used to make beer (it might not taste the best though)


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