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Old 06-01-2007, 09:11 AM   #1
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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???

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:09 PM   #2
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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.

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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.

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:43 PM   #4
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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!!

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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.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:33 PM   #6
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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

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Old 06-01-2007, 04:40 PM   #7
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Check out this link, it has some good info:

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

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Old 06-02-2007, 09:00 PM   #8
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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!

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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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