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Old 02-08-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
Jan 2012
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If I where to buy a bag of whole malted grain, how would I want to store it for maximum life and flavor?

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Old 02-08-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
Dec 2010
McMinnville, Oregon
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talking about base grain? the 50lb sack?
most of us get 2 pails and lids from home depot (the cheap homer buckets). 50lbs fits comfortably into those buckets.
could go above and beyond by adding a weather strip into the lid grove... or! or or or.. going the more pricey route and getting 2 non drilled buckets from your LHBS with the gaskets already there.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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Aug 2010
Fort Collins, Colorado
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I tend to use a bag of base malt within six to eight weeks. I'm from Colorado where it is nice and dry and I've never thought a fancier storage solution.

The bag they sat in at the maltster, on the truck, and at my LHBS seems to be good enough for me.

Am I running larger danger?

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Old 02-08-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
Dec 2010
Beaverton, OR
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I use these...

they hold about 52 lbs of grain. if I get 55lb sacks I just plan on brewing immediately with the rest. They work well and have a seal built in

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:19 AM   #5
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About a year ago I bought 9 bags of grain, and stored them in the bags in plastic tubs (not airtight) in the crawlspace, where the temp is pretty constant at about 60 or so. Beer I made recently was just as good as beer made a year ago. The grain tastes and smells good.

When I open a bag I usually put the rest in plastic buckets with tight lids.

I think its possible that the grain could be over a year old before it gets malted. It may have spent a long time in a grain elevator or silo. I would think that the shelf life is less once its malted, but I don't think that even malted grain is particularly fragile.

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