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Old 05-15-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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Using an airtight pet food container or a home depot bucket, how long would a sack of malt stay good for in a garage? Outside conditions being mid 90s with high humidity.

Should I consider bagging the malt as well inside the bucket?
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:54 PM   #2
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No, no problem in the buckets. No need to bag. Years, I'd say.
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No, no problem in the buckets. No need to bag. Years, I'd say.
You Gulf coasters are alright.
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Old 05-16-2010, 01:18 AM   #4
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If the grain does not get wet you will be fine. If you can put the grain in the freezer it will last forever.
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I keep mine in the basement in pet food containers with an anti-desiccant. The temperature there never gets over 70F. Under those conditions, Pilsner malts degrade considerably within 4 months, but I have had no problem keeping British malts for 6 months.

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I keep mine in the basement in pet food containers with an anti-desiccant. The temperature there never gets over 70F. Under those conditions, Pilsner malts degrade considerably within 4 months, but I have had no problem keeping British malts for 6 months.

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I envy you northerners, basements are non existent south of Gainesville. Is pilsner malt just picky because of how low its roast is?
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Pilsner malts degrade considerably within 4 months.
Would you please elaborate on this. Thanks.
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I brew very few lagers, so buy very little Pilsner malt. Last time I bough some was about 6 months ago. I bought enough malt for 2 batches, and brewed one batch immediately and the other 4 months later. Before brewing, I tasted the malt. It tasted and smelled good with the first batch, but the second batch had a distinctly stale odor. I brewed anyway, and it is now lagering, so I have no idea what it's going to taste like. I will admit that the second batch (or both batches) could have spent several months in the store before I bought it (them), but I think this is unlikely as I picked two 10 lb bags off the shelf.

I've never had a problem with British malts, but they have a lower moisture content which helps with storage.

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