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Old 02-09-2010, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Storage of excess grain/hops

I'm sure this has probably been discussed already, but I couldn't find it online. What's the best way to store leftover ingredients? I'm planning some one-to-two-gallon AG brewing recipes and I know my homebrew supply store probably doesn't sell such small amounts of grain and hops. Also, what kind of shelf life should I expect from these stored ingredients?

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Old 02-09-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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are you getting the grains crushed? if so, put them in the freezer or fridge and they should last a few months at least. if not crushing right away, you can just store them in tupperware or lidded 5-gal buckets (the Home Depot ones work great) in a relatively cool area of the home. hops in the freezer, vacuum sealed if possible.

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Old 02-09-2010, 08:25 PM   #3
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I use an air tight food container for my bulk grain (dog food container) and zipplock (FoodSaver is on order) for the extra hops.
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I also suggest freezer storage for crushed grains, I store my uncrushed grains in vacuum bags, and store them in rubbermaid bins in the brew closet, the hops get vacuumed and stored in the freezer. mostly I just like using my food saver! (I use space bags to store my bulk grain, and the food saver bags for specialty grains)
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