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Old 04-05-2010, 12:21 AM   #1
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Default Shelf life of an extract kit?

I was thinking of buying three kits from Northern Brewer and buying my yeast at my local brewshop.
How long will the grain and extract stay fresh?

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Old 04-05-2010, 12:24 AM   #2
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If the grains have been crushed I have always been told to use them within 2 weeks or so. I would think canned extract would be like any other canned good, good for a really long time.

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I bought 3 extract kits from NB in around October and brewed last one in January. The first 2 were brewed in late December and I did taste some extract twang in them. The last one came out 85% as good as the fresh batches that I've made of the same recipe. Maybe it is because I cold crashed it for longer but its definitely better.

I ran into some problems that prevented me from brewing for some time and that caused a long delay. From now on I plan to brew a kit within 1 month of getting it. I ruined one kit by breaking a thermometer in my pot and it was 2 months old and when I opened LME to use for a starter it had mold in it.

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Old 04-06-2010, 04:28 AM   #4
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I bought 3 extract kits from NB in around October and brewed last one in January. The first 2 were brewed in late December and I did taste some extract twang in them. The last one came out 85% as good as the fresh batches that I've made of the same recipe. Maybe it is because I cold crashed it for longer but its definitely better.

I ran into some problems that prevented me from brewing for some time and that caused a long delay. From now on I plan to brew a kit within 1 month of getting it. I ruined one kit by breaking a thermometer in my pot and it was 2 months old and when I opened LME to use for a starter it had mold in it.

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If you keep your kits in the fridge you should get a couple months out of them without issue. Back in the day we made dozens of kits that sat for months and turned out fine.

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