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Old 07-19-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Okay so I was about to start doing some extract brewing, went a bit nuts on the website and bought 25 kg of liquid malt extract. I know it sounds a lot but at the price I got it at, I have halved my brew costs for a fair while.

Can anyone give me any advice on handling liquid malt extract in such a large volume. Also what is the best way to store it for long periods.

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Damn... best thing I can suggest is something with a spigot... like a 5 gallon better bottle. Either that or I'd put it into sanitized/sterilized 22oz bomber bottles and cap it so that nothing can get inside. If bacteria or yeast gets into that stuff it won't be pretty!

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I agree with jaytizzle. My first thought was a sanitized 5 gal cooler.

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Damn... best thing I can suggest is something with a spigot... like a 5 gallon better bottle. Either that or I'd put it into sanitized/sterilized 22oz bomber bottles and cap it so that nothing can get inside. If bacteria or yeast gets into that stuff it won't be pretty!
Oh crap,

If I sterilise the container and cover the liquid malt extract with vodka between brews, would that help?
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I'd really try to break it into usable portions. That's your best bet. That's why I suggested the 22oz bombers. I'd guess that you can fit 1kg or so in one of those. So 25-30 bombers shouldn't be a terrible cost plus you can use them to bottle brew later!

I can't really say much about covering the lme with vodka. I've never tried this technique but I'd guess it is similar to how almond butter is covered with a layer of oil.

How quickly do you think you will use 25kg of lme?

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Not that quickly!

How about splitting it kilo chunks and freezing it in a chest freezer?

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Oh crap,

If I sterilise the container and cover the liquid malt extract with vodka between brews, would that help?
The best thing is to buy more cheap fermentors and get brewing.
The stuff if a pain to store and deal with in bulk.
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My LHBS store sells 6lb LME in white food safe containers that have a screw top lid. They look like the ones found here. I'm at work so not sure what size they are but if I had to get maybe 6in diameter and 10-12in tall.
They look a little like these.
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...6151&catid=574

You could divide them up and then freeze them

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Half gallon milk containers. Washed and sanitized. There's 6lbs in each container. Get to drinking!

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