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Old 05-15-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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I have like 20-25 pounds of grain that was milled and been sitting around for like 4 months. I know its not worth much at all. Would it hurt to add it to my next batch? If i have it might as well use it, I dont want to just throw it away

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:55 AM   #2
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Maybe you could use it to make starter wort and can it?

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Old 05-16-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
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I would not use it.

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Old 05-16-2012, 06:28 AM   #4
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if it was in a cool, dry place, it will be fine.

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Having trouble seeing the problem with using grains which have sat around for a while. Depending on the time of year the grains are likely over a year old by the time they get used. They have already been dried at least twice at that point. At least I've not had a problem with grains some would label as 'old'.

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Having trouble seeing the problem with using grains which have sat around for a while. Depending on the time of year the grains are likely over a year old by the time they get used. They have already been dried at least twice at that point. At least I've not had a problem with grains some would label as 'old'.
But, as the OP said, the grains have been milled for 4 months.
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But, as the OP said, the grains have been milled for 4 months.
So what?
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Taste it. If it tastes OK use it. If it tastes stale or rancid don't. I can guarantee you that the enzymes will still be active. I've experimented with malt ground to a find powder and it will still convert after 2 years

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:26 PM   #9
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Taste it. If it tastes OK use it. If it tastes stale or rancid don't. I can guarantee you that the enzymes will still be active. I've experimented with malt ground to a find powder and it will still convert after 2 years
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I have used year and a half old crushed grains with success. You should be ok.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:06 PM   #10
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I would just mash it and use it for starters. For me just not worth all the effort for potentially "meh" brew. I wouldn't throw it out though.

The comment about smelling tasting and stale v.s fresh makes the most sense if you plan to try to brew with it.

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