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Old 09-28-2013, 03:37 AM   #1
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Default How do you know how fresh LME is?

Just curious. My LHBS keeps their LME in bulk under nitrogen to keep it fresh. I am brewing a beer now, new castle clone from AHS. How do I know how fresh their LME is, taste, smell???

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Old 09-28-2013, 03:56 AM   #2
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Good question. I think you would see off colors or mold or clumpy.

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Old 09-28-2013, 04:10 AM   #3
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Good question. I think you would see off colors or mold or clumpy.
Yeah if it was years old. I think LME shouldn't be older than a month to use. But how would you know if it's been on the shelf for months?
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The LME I've got from them seemed fresh. I'd imagine they have a real quick turnover and go through alot... they are a big place

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It usually has a stamped date on the can somewhere.

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The LME I've got from them seemed fresh. I'd imagine they have a real quick turnover and go through alot... they are a big place
I'm not saying it's not fresh, just asking how'd you know.
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It usually has a stamped date on the can somewhere.
There isn't a stamp.
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I'm not saying it's not fresh, just asking how'd you know.
Smell it. Brew with it. No ****ty cardboard flavors/odors? GtG. You're right though, it's a roll of the dice. That's why I don't buy LME at my local shop. It sits there too long.
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