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Old 08-20-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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I order my supplies from AHB so they come in sealed bags. Should I leave my crushed grains in the sealed bag, or should I stick them in the freezer and take them out 24 hours prior to use? I read that some feel the freshness will be lost if not frozen.

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:30 AM   #2
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It depends on when you plan on brewing...if you plan on it over the next 2 weeks then leave em sealed up...If not, then I guess you could freeze them.

If I know I won't be brewing for a few days I take the sealed bag and place it in my cooler..just so nothing gets to the (pets, children, rodents, etc) and having them in the cooler keeps them a little more sealed.

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I leave them in the sealed bags and pop them into the freezer if it's going to be a few weeks until I use them.

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:22 PM   #4
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If you're worrying about how to store them, relax, have a homebrew, and remember: they'll be fine in that sealed bag until you're ready to brew. If you're seriously looking into long term storage, get a grain mill and mill them yourself. Unmilled grain will last over a year in dry storage (probably longer).

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Old 08-20-2008, 07:26 PM   #5
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I had a similar question about unused portions. I made a brew and had 4-8 oz left over of a few different grains. What is the best way to store them and how long will they keep?

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Sealed container with as little air as possible (I use Ziploc freezer bags and push as much air as I can out of them) then pop them into the freezer.

But, you'd be okay just putting them in a sealed container at room temperature.

Not sure of the exact shelf life.

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Old 08-22-2008, 10:28 PM   #7
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I suppose you could freeze the grains, but don't put them in the fridge... this could cause condensation that may turn into mold somewhere down the line. I would just keep them in the sealed bag somewhere out of the heat.

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