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Old 08-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Default Stale ingredients - real world experience?

Question folks,

2 weekends back, I went to my LHBS and got some grains and hops for a batch of Pale Ale. Life got in the way, and I haven't had a night to brew.

Since I don't have a crusher, I had the guy crush the grain for me. It's in a plastic bag that's not airtight. It's about 6 lbs of Two Row and 1/8lb of Honey Malt.

I also got 2 oz of Cascade hops (leaf). The guys vacuum sealer wasn't working...so he taped the mylar bag shut. It's not airtight. I have that mylar bag in my fridge, in a ziploc.

Question is...I know best practice is to brew immediately after crushing grains, and with the freshest hops. Has anyone ever been in my situation and brewed anyway, with the "not so fresh" ingredients? What was your experience with the flavors?

Should I just go back to the LHBS and get fresh stuff?

Thanks guys.


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Old 08-25-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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I just posted in another related thread about some brews I recently did with grain that had been in my freezer milled for over a year. Not perfect but great beer just the same. It may have sat out for a couple weeks before even going in freezer..... Anyway, it will make beer, don't worry.
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