Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Grain life span
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-17-2009, 10:49 PM   #1
HBHoss
Chappell Brewery
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HBHoss's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Mariposa, CA
Posts: 8,235
Liked 120 Times on 120 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default Grain life span

Realistically, how long can grain and hop pellets be kept in the freezer before they are too old to use anymore?


HBHoss is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 11:15 PM   #2
brrman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN, Indiana
Posts: 1,507
Liked 54 Times on 42 Posts
Likes Given: 36

Default

I have used grains (unfrozen and unmilled) that were kept in airtight containers and wer over a year old. no issue at all. I've used hops pellets have been in the freezer for year too (foodsaver vacced).


__________________
* My Bar Build
8-Paws Brewing Co.
Tap 1:. Dark Alley Scottish Ale
Tap 2:.
.
Primary:. Dark Alley Scottish Ale
brrman is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 01:22 PM   #3
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,672
Liked 141 Times on 134 Posts

Default

Several years. Grain is good for a year just in a cool, dry place.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk
david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 01:38 PM   #4
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 22,598
Liked 1231 Times on 810 Posts
Likes Given: 31

Default

I just used the last of the grain I had from last August and it tasted just slightly less fresh than this year's purchase but not to the point that I wouldn't use it. I'd say 18 months would be my limit before I'd toss it.

Hops are weird for me because some vac sealed pellets that I've kept in the freezer have gone cheesy and turned yellow within a year. I did have a freezer failure and they got warm for about a week, but I thought they'd last longer. In any case, I will be using fresher hops for finishing and save the older stuff for bittering.
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
New 100% Stainless Steel Heating Elements are IN! ULWD 5500w Ripple, 2000w, 1500w, etc
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.
Bobby_M is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 06:25 PM   #5
HBHoss
Chappell Brewery
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HBHoss's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Mariposa, CA
Posts: 8,235
Liked 120 Times on 120 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Thanks for the input. A friend gave me about 6 lbs of various grains that he's kept frozen for about 10 years. He also gave me a pound of 6.1 % Cascade hop pellets that are about just as old. They all look good. Hops look fresh and green. I guess I'll figure out a recipe based on the grains he gave me and give it a go and see what turns out. Only investment will be some yeast and perhaps some LME.
HBHoss is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 06:44 PM   #6
Chello
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 892
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Just taste the grain. If it tastes good, then use it. However using stale grain will produce stale tasting beer.


__________________
"Retail is for suckers."
Chello is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yeast Starter Life Span? fixie Fermentation & Yeast 3 10-18-2009 11:12 PM
Yeast Life Span JamesM Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 10-06-2009 02:23 AM
Life span of mixed BTF sanitizer baker0408 Equipment/Sanitation 5 09-23-2008 07:46 PM
Life span of bottled brew? UnaBonger Bottling/Kegging 2 09-19-2008 10:57 PM
Grain Life Span beerfan All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 14 12-18-2006 04:23 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS