Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Shelf life of ingredients?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-02-2007, 12:39 AM   #1
dblvsn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
dblvsn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ankeny, IA
Posts: 765
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Shelf life of ingredients?

So a buddy of mine heard I brew and said he had some Brewer's Best kits he never used and that I could have them. Upon opening them up the yeast was dated 3/06. So that's definitely trash. Probably the same for the LME?? But what about the grains and the hops? Or should I just pull the muslin bags and bottle caps out and pitch everything or should I buy some new yeast and give these a go? I guess I don't have much to lose except my time. Thoughts?

__________________
dblvsn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-02-2007, 04:40 AM   #2
Muss
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 204
Default

The malt extract will be fine but just a bit darker, when you brew with it you could steep some specialty grains to add more of a fresh flavour.

Hops should be kept in the fridge so I don't think they will be very good.

__________________
Muss is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-02-2007, 12:47 PM   #3
dblvsn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
dblvsn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ankeny, IA
Posts: 765
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Wow that's some good news that the LME is still good. I'll probably go buy some new grains, hops, yeast and go with it then. So are there any good rules of thumb as to what the shelf life of ingredients are and best way to store it?

Grains (uncrushed) -
Grains (crushed) -
Hops -
Liquid Yeast -
Dry Yeast -
LME -
DME -

__________________
dblvsn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2007, 04:19 AM   #4
tandpbrewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 55
Default

you can always try making a starter with the yeast and see if it takes.

__________________
tandpbrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2007, 04:57 AM   #5
McKBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
McKBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hayden, Idaho
Posts: 8,292
Liked 30 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Liquid or dry yeast??? If liquid, and it hasnt' been refrigerated, then forget. Personally I'd be far more worried about the LME than anything. Based on your yeast, I'd guess the kits are at least a year old or more. LME will develop the extract twang after it sits awhile. It's not the worst taste in the world, but it's not something I like. Keep the bags, caps, etc... and toss the ingredients in my opinion.

Or you could say what the hell, it's free and as long as you've got the open fermenting room, brew up a batch and see what you get.

__________________

Make Beer, Not War.

McKBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2007, 01:48 PM   #6
thebikingengineer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 210
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Keep the hops around for a decade or two and use them for a lambic. Wait until they go all cheezy and nasty, then toss them in.

__________________
thebikingengineer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2007, 02:49 PM   #7
Ol' Grog
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chickasha, OK.
Posts: 1,037
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

If it's brewers best, it's dry yeast. Barely over a year old. I'd try a starter but have a backup packet just in case. Would I use the kit? Yes, I would. The hops are vacuum sealed.

__________________
Ol' Grog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2007, 09:11 PM   #8
dblvsn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
dblvsn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ankeny, IA
Posts: 765
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thanks for the replies guys. I am definately going to brew the kits and see what I get.

I guess the question still remains to be answered yet as to what kind of shelf life do ingredients in general have if stored properly. I've looked back through the old posts and this question always seems to get very few responses if any. Is it just that ingredients other than yeast never really go bad?

__________________
dblvsn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-04-2007, 01:47 AM   #9
McKBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
McKBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hayden, Idaho
Posts: 8,292
Liked 30 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Generic Shelf Life Information

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

And farther down this page
http://brewingtechniques.com/library/backissues/issue2.3/miller.html

__________________

Make Beer, Not War.

McKBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shelf life of ingredients? BrewOnBoard Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 12-10-2008 01:38 PM
Kit Shelf Life bigchilla77 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 0 11-23-2008 10:01 PM
hop shelf life? moger777 Recipes/Ingredients 9 02-10-2008 04:51 PM
Shelf Life?? NYeric Extract Brewing 2 09-11-2007 05:18 AM