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Old 03-13-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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I've done a bit if research in the forums here on storing grain but was looking for some advice on storing bulk crushed grain - I've got two 55lbers coming my way - seems a few options:

1 Store in homer buckets
2 package up in 10 lb ziplocks and store in Rubbermaid
3 store in sacks inside Rubbermaid bins

I'm leaning towards #2 but was wondering what your experience was? Thanks

I probably brew once a month and use maybe 10-15 lb grain bills



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Old 03-13-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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Any grain storage option should be fine as long as it's airtight, so do whatever is easiest.

But you're getting 110 lbs of grain crushed? I'd invest in a mill if I were you, that's going to take you 9 months to go through. I wouldn't purposely leave crushed grain for that long, but to each his own. If you can't get the grain whole and crush it yourself, you might want to portion it and vacuum seal it and/or store in a chest freezer.



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I agree with zach. I've not tested it out myself, but the common convention is that grain stored uncrushed will keep longest. You can build a corona mill set up for about $40. Check out this thread.

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Thanks - ya I know I probably should get a crusher but its just another gadget to store if you know what I mean - when I got back into brewing I always try to ask myself - how can i simplify this more?

If I end up not going through this in enough time than ill switch back to ordering 10lbs at a time.

I think packaging it up in 10 bags may be the best option

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Yeah I wouldn't store crushed grain for any real length of time.

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I would do a combination of 2 and either 1 or 3. I've personally never stored crushed grain for a long period, but I wouldn't expect it to be a huge issue for several months as long as you keep the moisture out. The thing that I would be concerned with is that the crushing process itself caused negative consequences (moisture, bacteria, etc..) that will just get worse over time. I know that un-crushed grain is by no means sterile (or even clean really). Make sure you report back, I'm sure others would love to know.

I store grain in bulk all the time and do keep it around for awhile, but its un-crushed. Generally, I keep it in homer buckets. To simplify things, I almost always mill my grain and measure my hops (also bought in bulk) a day to a week in advance of the actual brew. I've had it sit for two weeks before in a homer bucket, but that's it. It was fine.

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Thanks.

FYI you'd be pretty surprised at the number of brewpubs & crafts brewers that buy & store pallets of crushed grain. It's really not that big a deal as long as it stays dry.

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FYI you'd be pretty surprised at the number of brewpubs & crafts brewers that buy & store pallets of crushed grain. It's really not that big a deal as long as it stays dry.
I wouldn't be surprised at all. In fact, I'm pretty sure its the reason that you can buy a whole sack already crushed. Those places don't "store" it so much as buy it, use it, buy some more. I'd be shocked if anything sat for longer than even two weeks. They wouldn't have the room for more than a month's supply of grain.
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Stuff will sit longer than you think especially specialty grains or for ex marris otter - I know this b/c I used to work for a micro that used crushed also my local regional only uses crushed.

either way I'm not to worried about it - thanks for the replies.

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Can you find any room at all in your freezer? That would help it last the longest, so for some grain that would be stored longest if you could vacuum seal it and put it in the freezer, it would probably stay fresh a long time.



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