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Old 04-04-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
gregblatz
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Nov 2007
kettering oh, Ohio
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Hi All,
My local shop is putting together a bulk grain buy. My question is how long can I expect to keep my uncrushed grains.

Do base grains lose their freshness quicker or slower than specialty grains?

What about wheat? I have 5# of white wheat that has been in my basement for about a year. Could I use this or would I be better off pitching it.

Thanks for your help.

 
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
samc
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Properly stored grain can last a long time. Certainly years. Keep it cold, and well sealed.
Personally I don't buy more than I can use in a few months however. Some of those bags of grain sit in warehouses for a long time undergoing wide temperature swings.

As for the wheat, crush some and taste/smell it. If it went bad you will know. Depends on how it was stored.

 
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:12 PM   #3
gregblatz
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Thanks. Yeah, my basement stays pretty constant. Right around low to mid 60's throughout the year. I'll mill some up and taste it and see how it goes.

 
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