Best way to store crushed grain? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Best way to store crushed grain?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-18-2012, 02:22 AM   #1
LarryC
 
LarryC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
San Diego, CA
Posts: 728
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts



Normally I like to go to my LHBS and get my supplies the day before I'm going to brew. Unfortunately my schedule is a bit hosed up right now so I think I am going to get a chance to go to the LHBS soon but it will be one to two weeks before my brew day. I don't have a grain mill so crushing it there is pretty much a requirement.

What is the best way to store crushed grain for a week or two? This won't be a real exotic grain bill but it is for a FW Wookie Jack clone and I want it to be good. Thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 02:38 AM   #2
dynobyte
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Stockbridge, GA
Posts: 54
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts


I'm not sure about the best way but I have left it in the bags I crushed & filled at the HBS for a couple of weeks. They were "sealed" with a twist tie, so nothing special. I've done this two, maybe three times & each time my brew has turned out well...no discernible difference to other brews I've made immediately. The room it's kept in is mostly dark & stays around 70 degrees.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 03:05 AM   #3
teddy4xp
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
Traverse city, Michigan
Posts: 396
Liked 9 Times on 8 Posts


Crushed grains will and do stale. If you have the room, try to store them in a freezer

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 03:12 AM   #4
LarryC
 
LarryC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
San Diego, CA
Posts: 728
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by teddy4xp View Post
Crushed grains will and do stale. If you have the room, try to store them in a freezer
I thought about the freezer but I was worried it might have a negative impact on the grain (not sure why, just a thought)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 03:28 AM   #5
BigEd
Recipes 
 
Nov 2004
Posts: 2,586
Liked 191 Times on 160 Posts


It's cereal. Airtight, cool and dry is the way to go. Ziplock bags, plastic or glass food storage containers with snap or screw lids or other types of kitchen devices are all good. For short term storage I would skip the freezer to avoid freezer burn or condensation.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 04:04 PM   #6
geckholm
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Naperville, Illinois
Posts: 241
Liked 32 Times on 25 Posts


"I would skip the freezer to avoid freezer burn or condensation." this. I tried storing milled grains in the fridge, they became moldy after about two weeks. A grain mill is high on my list of things to get....

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #7
Xpertskir
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Morgantown, Wv
Posts: 2,224
Liked 453 Times on 291 Posts


in beer form.

seriously though, cool, dry and airtight. People get freaked out on here about milled grain and time. I have heard of people making good beer with crushed grains months after purchase. I just got a mill so luckily this is no longer a concern of mine.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 05:35 PM   #8
Misplaced_Canuck
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Misplaced_Canuck's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
NE Columbia SC - Formerly, Montreal Canada
Posts: 2,884
Liked 166 Times on 134 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Xpertskir View Post
seriously though, cool, dry and airtight. People get freaked out on here about milled grain and time. I have heard of people making good beer with crushed grains months after purchase.
I've got some 18 months old grain at the house, some milled, some not. Still raking some ribbons with the beers made from that grain!

MC
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misplaced_Canuck
Carbonic bite? Is that like the bubonic plague?
Quote:
Originally Posted by ebstauffer
Needless to say after more than a few drams my mental efficiency matched my mashing efficiency.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 12:56 AM   #9
boscobeans
Recipes 
 
Apr 2012
Schenectady, New York
Posts: 915
Liked 114 Times on 93 Posts


I'm lazy and buy my grain crushed then vacuum pack it all.

A 50-55 pound sack of 2 row pale will last me about 6 months.
I divide each sack into 5 equal portions. ( 5 bags each either 10 or 11 pounds)
Malts like biscuit, vienna, etc. go in smaller bags from 1-4 pounds.
Specialty grains like chocolate and stuff like DME goes in 1/4 and 1/2 pound bags.

All the bags get dated and go on shelves in the cool, dry basement well protected from light.

On brew day I bring up a bag of base malt and pick through the others depending on what I intend to make. I guess I'm boring since all I brew are simple brown ales.

I start checking out prices when I'm down to my last bag of base malt and order the other grains at the same time depending on inventory.

Six to eight months doesn't seem to bother them in any way.

bosco

ps. If you don't have a vacuum sealer put the weighed out grains in double plastic bags and throw one of those handwarmer packs in each to use up the oxygen and keep the grain fresh.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 02:26 AM   #10
LarryC
 
LarryC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
San Diego, CA
Posts: 728
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


Thanks all! I think I have a nice cool dry place I can put the grain for a week or two so now I can DWRHAHB

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What happens when the grain is not crushed? ASantiago All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12 05-30-2012 04:29 PM
Crushed Grain? Dirk7728 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 05-26-2012 05:10 PM
Crushed Grain - How long can you store it? dinokath All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 11-12-2010 03:08 PM
How do I store crushed grains for 24hrs?? hbhudy All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11 09-26-2010 11:49 AM
what temp can I store crushed grains? todd_k All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 7 02-01-2007 08:21 PM


Forum Jump