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Title: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: hillbillybrewer on December 23, 2009, 04:52:13 PM
How long can you store crushed grains without ill effects?  I have 3# of specialty grains each in separate bags that are gonna have to hold off for at least a month.  I don't have a vacuum sealer.  Will they be OK?  TIA and Merry Christmas everyone!
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: a10t2 on December 23, 2009, 05:51:05 PM
A month is no big deal. If you can put them in a freezer that would be best.
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: denny on December 23, 2009, 05:52:18 PM
A month is no big deal. If you can put them in a freezer that would be best.

Really?  Isn't there a concern for condensation when you take it out?
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: a10t2 on December 23, 2009, 05:54:54 PM
Really?  Isn't there a concern for condensation when you take it out?

Hmm... maybe? My thinking on that has always been that anything I'm not using is only outside the freezer for a few minutes, and anything I'm going to brew with is going to get wet anyway. Subjectively, I've never seen ice crystals on my frozen grains or anything.
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: denny on December 23, 2009, 05:56:39 PM
I've never tried freezing, so that's why I asked.  I just keep 'em in a tightly sealed paper bag inside a plastic bag in a cool room.
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: bluesman on December 23, 2009, 05:58:30 PM
In platic ziploc bags with the air removed then into Rubbermaid totes or the like work well. Vacuum sealing is ideal longer term storage for crushed grain IMHO.
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: dean on December 23, 2009, 06:27:45 PM
I've stored specialty malts crushed and in ziplock bags for over a year and they seem to be fine.  I just used the last of some pale chocolate and it smelled as good as the day I bought it.  YMMV.   ???
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: hamiltont on December 23, 2009, 07:06:07 PM
In platic ziploc bags with the air removed then into Rubbermaid totes or the like work well. Vacuum sealing is ideal longer term storage for crushed grain IMHO.
+1.  FWIW...  Hops & leftover wort (used for starters) go in the freezer.  Yeast goes in the fridge & everything else at room temp (basement is usually 65F) & dry in plastic bags & then in 5 gallon buckets with rubber seals.
Title: Re: Storing Crushed Grains
Post by: hillbillybrewer on December 23, 2009, 08:20:04 PM
Sweet.  Thanks for all the tips!