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General Category => All Grain Brewing => Topic started by: crosswind on August 03, 2010, 02:26:21 AM

Title: Chewy Grain
Post by: crosswind on August 03, 2010, 02:26:21 AM
I've been busy the past few weeks and completely forgot about an opened 50 pound bag of Briess 2-row I left in the basement. The bag and the grain felt slightly damp so I gave some of the grain a good chew. They were chewy compared to some properly sealed 2-row I had, but it still tasted fine.

Is there any chance the grain is still good, or should I just chuck it out?
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: drf255 on August 03, 2010, 08:49:42 AM
If it tastes good, it's probably fine.  I'd mill it with a slightly tighter gap.  In essence, you just grain conditioned it.  If you want it to last, I'd dry it out ASAP.
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: babalu87 on August 03, 2010, 11:42:50 AM
If it tastes good, it's probably fine.  I'd mill it with a slightly tighter gap.  In essence, you just grain conditioned it.  If you want it to last, I'd dry it out ASAP.

+1 to this

Now might be a good time to brew up that BIG Barleywine and Imperial IPA you've been thinking about brewing.
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: bluesman on August 03, 2010, 01:38:42 PM
If it looks, smells and tastes good.  It is probably Okay.  Use it or lose it. If its wet or damp it will go south quick.
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: crosswind on August 05, 2010, 12:04:19 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I'll go ahead and make the Imperial IPA I've been planning  ;D What options do I have for drying out the grain?
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: dak0415 on August 05, 2010, 04:42:46 PM
Just make another big batch of IPA and spread the spent grain on your driveway!
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: Kit B on August 12, 2010, 09:08:25 PM
If your grain is actually damp & not just stale, you should be able to dry it a bit, in the hot sun.
It probably won't take very long...Like a matter of minutes.
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: freddy2 on August 18, 2010, 01:12:27 AM
I always taste my grain before I crush it. I look for crunchy.
Title: Re: Chewy Grain
Post by: beveragebob on August 29, 2010, 06:42:15 AM
If your garage gets hot from the sun, it's a good bet it's dry in there and will remove some of the moisture content.Leave the bag open of course. Might take three or four days but, it should extend it's shelf life considerably.