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Old 09-10-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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My LHBS has 33lb Containers of LME, at quite a cost savings to buying kits or the 3.3 lb canisters. How well would the opened stuff do in a refridgerator. For me that would last about 6 months (around 5-6 batches).

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Old 09-10-2010, 02:24 PM   #2
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Probably do better in the refrigerator but mines always full so I just leave mine in my brew closet. I've also heard that you should put in some vodka/alcohol to make a thin layer over the top to help protect from mold.

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Old 09-10-2010, 02:25 PM   #3
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YOu can store it for a while, but it is easily contaminated. As soon as you pour a quanity out. Clean it( the top), spray with starsan, and stick it in the freezer.

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you may want to ask your LHBS what they recommend. If you have the ability I would suggest to break it down in usable quantities so you are handling it only once and not repeatedly.

There is a chance you could freeze it maybe? I have not done it but some people freeze their wort and this is more or less concentrated wort.....

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I was wondering how it would do in the freezer. I could repack in into smaller jars that way.

I dont even know how canning works for veggies, but could I use mason jars and 'can' it.

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I was wondering how it would do in the freezer. I could repack in into smaller jars that way.

I dont even know how canning works for veggies, but could I use mason jars and 'can' it.
If you put it in the jars make sure you leave room for expansion while it freezes since there is a high water content
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It freezes just fine. I haven't used LME in quite a while, but it worked well when I did.

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