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Old 01-21-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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I have an unopened 2 year old bag of 2 row. Been stored very well. Still good?


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Old 01-21-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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Sup priiide! Can't give you an answer yet, but I'm about to find out. I've been sitting on a bag of two row, a bag of canadian pils, and a few buckets of MO for nearly a year. Time to get brewing brother.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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Its been said many times before: chew a few grain, if you can still taste the sweetness, it fine. If it has no taste, then the sugars are gone and you can toss it.
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Should be fine. Grain is usually a year or so old before you use it anyway since it is a seasonal crop. Brew on man.
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I just brewed a mild with 3 year old MO that tasted fine into the fermenter. It was vacuum sealed in a dark container in a cool basement. I had 2 kids and was out of brewing for a while...

I'm wary of the 3 year old hops which have been vacuum sealed and in the freezer though...
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I'm wary of the 3 year old hops which have been vacuum sealed and in the freezer though...
Why is that? Especially if they are vac sealed and in the freezer. I wouldn't hesitate to use them, feel free to send them to me.
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If stored well, there should be plenty of enzyme activity for conversion. The real concern is did it go stale/rancid. Chew a few grains and that will tell you.
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If the grain was stored dry and cool it will keep for years and years. It is only once you crack the hull that things go downhill.


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