Originally Posted by blackcows
I just got done kegging my 54th batch of beer, all have been kits...the majority from NB but recently I have been trying other places. For me kits have always been easy, you get what you need and when you are done you have nothing left over.
I have been considering trying some recipes I have found on the net or maybe even doing some of my own. For those that do this do you just accept the fact that you will have extras, do you try and make recipes that come out to even pounds and ounces, do you keep the extra and try and fit it into another recipe or do you just accept the fact that there will be a bit of waste?
Fresh ingredients are always better but some store better than others.
Grain stores pretty well for a decent period of time especially if it is not crushed. Just keep it cool and dry in a sealed container.
I wouldn't store LME in partial quantities. I would order LME as a base and use DME(which stores pretty well in a sealed container) to get to your desired OG. Use LME to get about 90% of the way to your desired OG.
Hops probably spoil the quickest. You should store them sealed in your freezer to keep them as fresh as possible.
Almost forgot yeast. I personally would never use a partial quantity of yeast. Store it in the fridge till the day you need it.
I guess none of that answers your question though. I wouldn't worry about getting exactly what you need for eery batch. I generally use specialty grains in 4 or 8oz increments so I typically have some left over as I buy 16oz at a time. I wouldn't worry about extra ingredients until they start to get a little old. If they start to get a little old just start a "this is what I have, what should I make" thread.