How long does crushed malt last? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > How long does crushed malt last?

Thread Tools
Old 03-19-2008, 03:38 AM   #1
Mar 2008
Posts: 13

I bought a few pounds of malt a couple days ago, had them crush it at the store and they just put it in a plastic grocery bag. Now due to some other problems I wont be brewing for another 3-4 days, and Im wondering how long it will keep. Right now I just have it in the bag, is it still good? Should I do something to make it keep better?

Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 03:40 AM   #2
brett's Avatar
Aug 2007
Omaha, Nebraska
Posts: 290
Liked 5 Times on 1 Posts

Yeah, you can keep crushed grain up to a month easy.

The sooner you go from crush to brew the better, but you should be fine.

Primary 1: House Ale (yay!)
Primary 2: empty
Primary 3: empty
Primary 4: empty
Bottle Conditioning: Apfelwein
Bottle Conditioning: Apfelwein + Blueberry
Kegged/Drinking: Partigyle Brown Ale
Conditioning: New House Barley Wine
Conditioning: Ghetto canned kit bitter (Surprisingly getting better w/ age)
Just Finished: Edwort's Apfelwein
Up next: More House Ale ?!?

Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 09:29 AM   #3
Kubed's Avatar
Sep 2007
Sin City, NV
Posts: 236
Liked 7 Times on 4 Posts

I've gone up to 5 months with crushed grain in sealed bags without noticing any ill effects, however that was with an extract recipe.
Sündestadt Brauerei
Primary: Apfelwein w/ fructose, Apfelwein w/sucrose
Aging: Matt's Mega Cider, Raspberry wine, Unfiltered Apple Cider
Bottled: IPA, Hefeweizen, Magic Hat #9 clone, CCA, Apfelwein, Panty Dropping Apple Cider
Kegged: Belgian White PM, Orfy's Hob Goblin

Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 11:44 AM   #4
Dec 2006
Doylestown, PA
Posts: 3,725
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts

No worries.

I have kept a pre-crushed AG grain bill in the bag for several weeks and the resulting beer tasted fine.

Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 12:35 PM   #5
Dr_Deathweed's Avatar
Jul 2007
Bryan, Texas
Posts: 2,381
Liked 46 Times on 40 Posts

+1 on them being fine for a few days. You can further extend this life by sealing them in airtight bags and/or placing them in the freezer. This slows down the oxidation that will leave you with "stale" grains.
"Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence." - Napoleon Bonaparte
“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” - Ernest Hemingway

Fermentation CabinetAdding Faucets to a TowerDIY HopbackPortable Kegerator

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Once grains have been crushed, how long do they last? jaxn All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 11-05-2009 10:04 PM
Muntons Pre-crushed pale malt - WTF? OhioGrown All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 04-06-2009 01:15 PM
Toasting Crushed malt IrregularPulse General Techniques 5 03-02-2009 02:26 PM
Crushed Crystal Malt? skipdogchip Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 09-06-2007 12:30 PM
Can you freeze crushed malt? peterfuse Recipes/Ingredients 5 07-20-2007 04:42 PM

Forum Jump