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Old 11-15-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Probably have enough malted barley and wheat for two batches left. They have been stored in plastic buckets with gaskets on the lids at a constant 74*F. 18-24 months old. Grain smells good, no insects.

Should I chance it?
Primary 1: Empty
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Keg 1: Empty
Keg 2: Drinking Ed Wort's Apfelwein 3.5.10
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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Whole malted barley (un-milled) is pretty stable stuff when kept dry. You could probably sit on it for another year with no issues.

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:00 PM   #3
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Hamburg, NY
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I have. I still have a few bags of stray munich and crystal floating around.

I taste the grains. If the flavor is there I use it. If it taste stale and really hard to bite on, I chuck it.

I also can tell when the older grains hit the mill, it gets louder and my drill stumbles a bit.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:56 PM   #4
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I'd say go for it. Maybe taste a few grains and make sure they're not stale, but unmilled grain is pretty stable stuff.
I can't be arsed to keep up this list of what's in the fermenters, but hey, check out the cool brewery I own! .. ..

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:27 PM   #5
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I brewed a nice German Hefe with 10 year old wheat - not a misprint - 10 year old wheat. Turned out great!

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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Yes, go for it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #7
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If it's not milled, go for it.
It's just beer!
Let's see if I keep this updated!

On tap
Black Butte clone

In secondary
Pumpkin ale

In primary
Honey wit

Up next.. Firestone Union Jack clone

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