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Old 07-21-2008, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default Finely aged grain

I have a Belgian White kit that I bought from Austin Homebrew in February. The grain is uncrushed, but is 6 months too long for it to be sitting on my kitchen counter? The kit contains flaked wheat, white wheat malt and belgian pils. I was assuming the malt would still be good, but that the flaked wheat might be worth replacing. Any thoughts?

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My first thought was wondering if you store your brew kits in and or on some of those fantastic RonCo kitchen appliances. It's a wonder that guy never made a beer kit.

I'd say brew it!

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At this point the larvae that is on the grain may have hatched. Check the grain for weevils. It is time to replace the grain.

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Weevils = Added protein, may cause haze.
I would brew it only if I had friend drinking all my homebrew and no helping, it may change their habits.
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In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
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All of the barley in North America is harvested in the fall. Even if you buy more grain now it is still from last fall (Auguest-September). Timetable for Peanuts, Barley, Oats, and Winter Wheat and North Dakota Crop progress PDF

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Judging by how some of the Belgian Abbeys ferment in open casks in the cellar, the absence of weevils might be considered a fault.

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