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Old 09-14-2006, 09:01 AM   #1
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Hi all

I have just found out my crystal malt (500grams/1lb) is a month and half out of date, it is pre-crushed and in a sealed bag. I was wondering is it still ok to use or will it have a deleterious effect on my brew. I was going to brew next week, but if I have to wait for an order for my LHBS it will take a couple of weeks?

Any help on this issue will be greatly appreciated


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Old 09-14-2006, 10:30 AM   #2
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Give it a chew, and if it tastes alright, just go ahead and use it.

When was it crushed?


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Old 09-14-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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Hi Mysterio


Thanks for the reply. It’s young’s pre-crushed malt, not sure when it was crushed. I suppose if I chew some it should taste malty?
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:48 PM   #4
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If you chew some and it doesn't taste stale or rancid, it's ok. Depending on the lovibond, it is more likely to taste like caramel than malt.
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It's always a good idea to nibble on a grain or two for every brew. That way you know what the malt should taste like, and you can make a valid comparison in situations like your current one.

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What about toasting it in the oven for a few minutes to refresh it. This works for nuts and other grains and spices.
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If you've taken reasonable precautions to keep the grain cool and dry, it will last for quite an extended period. I wouldn't hesitate to use it.

The old 'it's only good for month' fable has pretty well been dismissed.


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