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Old 01-17-2011, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default Year Old LME - Toss it?

I bought an extract kit late last spring and got caught up in summer activities and never got a chance to brew it. It came with 6lb of gold LME and I'm wondering what I should do with it... Is it worth brewing with it at all? I'm in the process of trying to eliminate the extract 'twang' off flavor that shows up in all my beers lately. Any ideas? Compost bin?

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Old 01-17-2011, 01:07 AM   #2
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Freeze it in small portions, then use it to make starters.

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Old 01-17-2011, 01:46 AM   #3
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Was it sealed in a can? What is the expire date? I would bet it is just fine if it has been kept out of contact with air and stored at reasonable temps.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:31 AM   #4
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Was it sealed in a can? What is the expire date? I would bet it is just fine if it has been kept out of contact with air and stored at reasonable temps.
From Northern Brewer - still sealed in a plastic half gallon size milk type jug. No expiration date printed that I can find. I like cgongdoli's suggesstion to freeze and use for yeast starters...
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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Got some 1/2 cup malt-sickles in the freezer now.

Malted Milk anybody? Malted Latte? Yum!

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Old 01-17-2011, 09:38 PM   #6
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I have this same issue, but my LME is probably 10-20 years old in a can. I am going to make a mystery beer, with all the schwag leftovers kicking around. If I taste the LME prior to use and it is wierd, to the trash it goes. Other than that, mystery beer me!!

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:42 AM   #7
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Uber Franz....send the LME to me...I'll let you know how it turns out

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Well, Since nothing that grows in beer can kill you i would use it!

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Old 01-20-2011, 03:02 AM   #9
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I had a thread a while ago asking about using a kit that was about a year or two old. Someone with much more experience than me posted a reply in which they talked about using a many year old liquid malt extract after scraping mold off the top, and claimed it turned out fine.

If you're boiling it, I really wouldn't worry too much, but other people might have different opinions.

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I don't think it is a contamination issue. It is staleness. LME turns darker with age and there is some sort of chemical reaction going on with the sugars that changes their characteristics. This is made worse in the presence of oxygen. That extract "twang" your hear about is probably related to this phenomenon.

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