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crown_cres 06-01-2007 09:11 AM

bulk malt extract storage
 
hi hope someone can help me with this i usually buy my malt extract unhoped for 1.85 pound from my lhbs it comes out of big drums and i usually use it the day i buy it. my question is if i want to keep some extra on hand how long will it store for??? where should i store it??? do i store it at room temp with grains or in my fridge??? any info???

thebikingengineer 06-01-2007 12:09 PM

It should store for several months (although it will be fermentable for longer than that). Just keep it in a moisture-free place that's clean and you should be ok.

BadKarma 06-01-2007 12:22 PM

I'm thinking you mean LME as in liquid. LME is best stored in the unopened can. If LME is in a container that has been opened it will not last long. Maybe a month or 2. It will start to darken and can even grow mold. A fridge might help but not for very long.

Personally I rarely use LME anymore, I use DME until the big jump to AG.

Good luck.

homebrewer_99 06-01-2007 12:43 PM

I buy bulk (55#) DME. It is double bagged and in a box.

It expires after about 2 years...although it only lasts about 4-6 months...dang!! :mad: ;) :drunk: :D

Beerrific 06-01-2007 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BadKarma
I'm thinking you mean LME as in liquid. LME is best stored in the unopened can. If LME is in a container that has been opened it will not last long. Maybe a month or 2. It will start to darken and can even grow mold. A fridge might help but not for very long.

Personally I rarely use LME anymore, I use DME until the big jump to AG.

Good luck.

Even unopened LME has a very limited life. I can't give a specific time but I probably wouldn't use it if it had been around my house more than a month.

crown_cres 06-01-2007 01:33 PM

thanks for the info ya it is lme and i buy bulk not in the can so it would be in what ever container i bring to my lhbs and he would pour it into that countainer from his big barrels he has of lme

Turkeyfoot Jr. 06-01-2007 04:40 PM

Check out this link, it has some good info:

http://byo.com/feature/892.html

Jim Karr 06-02-2007 09:00 PM

LME lasts a whole lot longer than the fearmongers say. I've been buying 33 pound jugs, storing them in the 60*F basement for several months at a time, and everything is all right.

Don't worry, RDWHAHB!

joshpooh 06-02-2007 11:23 PM

I have stored it in a fridge for a three or four months at a time and didn't notice anything wrong with the it. Maybe even longer than that. I always hear you shouldn't store it very long, but I haven't had any bad experience. I wouldn't store it for years or anything, but if your a good drive from where you buy it I certainly wouldn't hesitate to buy enough for two or three batches.


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