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How old is too old to brew with? I have some Hugh Baird that's about 3 years old now. Will this taste old? Could I get by with making stouts and porters with it?
 

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How old is too old to brew with? I have some Hugh Baird that's about 3 years old now. Will this taste old? Could I get by with making stouts and porters with it?
I wouldn't. Grain prices are still pretty cheap and I'd rather not risk making "bad" beer to use up old stock. Three years is a long time for grain.

How was it stored? How does it taste, smell, and look? Pre-crushed or whole?
 
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I wouldn't. Grain prices are still pretty cheap and I'd rather not risk making "bad" beer to use up old stock. Three years is a long time for grain.

How was it stored? How does it taste, smell, and look? Pre-crushed or whole?
It's been stored in the original bag, twisted and tied off. It's whole. I haven't even looked at it yet to see. It may be infested with bugs for all I know.
 

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It's been stored in the original bag, twisted and tied off. It's whole. I haven't even looked at it yet to see. It may be infested with bugs for all I know.
Well, you could always make a lambic.... :)

I'd label it a casualty of sobriety and move on.
 

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if it's been kept dry and bug free give it a shot.

Take a look at it. Is it starting to shrivel up or is it still round and plump?
 

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Taste it. It should taste like a healthy breakfast cereal. If it tastes like cardboard or nothing at all, it's a goner. If it tastes like bugs, well, you know....
 
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OK. I'll do all the "sensory evaluation" stuff when I get home tonight.
 
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The smell was OK, and there were no bugs, but it's not as plump as I remember it, and the taste was not there. It's been so long I may need some fresh malt to compare it to, but I do remember the flavor being better and more pronounced. It's about a 1/3 of a full sack, so it's not that bad I guess. I will just have to buy more. I'm trying to get back into brewing after a long time off.
 
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