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Old 07-17-2007, 12:02 AM   #1
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I do partial mash brewing. Three weeks ago I picked up a recipe (Irish stout) and have not had a chance to brew it. The cracked grains have been sitting in my closet and this morning I noticed they no longer have that yummy smell they had at first.

Do cracked grains go stale? Will the delay affect the taste of the beer?


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Old 07-17-2007, 12:08 AM   #2
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Crush grain lasts like 2-3 days. In a fridge you can probably eek out a week or two tops. Grain is cheap, I would dispose of them.

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:29 AM   #3
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Definitely get new grain. No sense in going through all that effort and getting a sh*tty beer over a few bucks worth of grain.

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Old 07-17-2007, 02:27 AM   #4
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Chew a pinch. If they taste stale, toss them. Three weeks at room temps is pushing it.

[Could always make some Old Brittle Root Stale Pale Ale. Look on a Pogo website for the recipe. I know, I'm old.]
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help! I'll head back to my LHBS rather than take a chance.


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