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Offline Jarhno

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Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:44:00 AM »
I bought some grain at my LHBS and milled it there last friday (10/4/13). I haven't really stored it, but it's has been in a paper bag that I've stretch-wrapped because it tore a little.

Will it still be viable for brewing this coming Saturday (10/12/13)??? Or should I just re-buy my grain bill?

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Re: Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 10:45:19 AM »
Oh, and I don't know if it helps but it was 11 lbs. 2-row, 1.5lbs Victory, and 0.5-1.0 lb Rye (I can't remember how much exactly).
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Re: Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 10:49:58 AM »
It will be fine.  I've had milled grain around for a couple of months with no noticeable changes.

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Re: Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 11:17:23 AM »
1 week is nothing.
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Re: Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 11:23:49 AM »
Crushed malt is generally considered good for 2-6 months, depending mostly on humidity. Some of the bigger maltsters will go 6 months, but they monitor moisture levels.
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Re: Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 04:35:09 AM »
As others have said, it will be fine. It will store longer and stay fresher if you put it in sealed bag and keep it in cool, dry place or even refrigerator.
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Re: Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 06:23:45 AM »
No worries!  Use it! 

If you are still in doubt, take a pinch and chew it... if it tasts fine, then you are good to go.   
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