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How long can you store grains once they have been milled??
 

andre the giant

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Well, there's lots of different opinions on that subject. My experience is based on the 50 lb bag of crushed pale malt I bought a few months ago. I knew it would be a while before I could use it all up, so I put the extra in large, thick plastic bags, twist tied them, and put them in the deep freeze. When I pull a bag or two out to brew, the grains seem as fresh as they did when I got the sack of grain back in March.

I think the key is, don't leave them exposed to air, and keep them in the freezer if possible.

That reminds me. I've only got 15 lbs of grain left... I might need to order another 50 lb sack of grain. Nothing keeps you motivated to brew like the smell of fresh malt.
 
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I'm interested in this as well. I'd like to buy bulk but don't feel like dipping into the pocket (again) for a grain mill right now so would like it pre-milled. I figured I'd buy locally (more $) until I got a mill but if it'll last 6+ months I'd be good for bulk. Freezer was my thought as well...
 

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the sooner the better from what i have always been told. i never let mine sit more than a week once they have been milled for brewing. i look at it like anything else. once the process starts, the clock is ticking.
 
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