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Offline GlenCoeCoe

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Rookie Question about LME and Grains
« on: November 24, 2018, 01:40:22 AM »
I bought some LME and milled specialty grains from my local
Homebrew store about two weeks ago. Long story short the LME wasn’t 100% sealed in the bag so I called and asked if I could store it for a few days and they said yes just put it in a big ziploc.

Fastforward - it’s now been two weeks since I did that. Life and stuff just got in the way these past two weeks and we are just now able to get to brewing over the holiday weekend. Would my LME and milled grain be ok to use for brewing? The grain bag seems to have been sealed properly and the LME has sat in a sealed ziplock bag in a cool dry place since I put it there two weeks ago.

Jc! Thank you all!

Offline Tim Cline

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Re: Rookie Question about LME and Grains
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2018, 01:59:09 AM »
The milled grains should be fine. I would be more concerned about the LME but that should also still be fine. Does it smell and taste good? I would say it is safe to use if it still smells and tastes like good LME. In the future, it would be worth using a vacuum sealer (food saver or something similar) to seal the LME instead of a ziploc bag.

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Re: Rookie Question about LME and Grains
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2018, 02:06:58 AM »
Thanks! The store used a food sealer but there was a small spot on the end where it didn’t 100% seal so I put it in the large bag. I’ll give it a look/smell/taste. Any tastes/smells to look for?

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Re: Rookie Question about LME and Grains
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2018, 02:33:53 AM »
You are basically just looking for any form of contamination. Considering that the LME was originally in a vacuum sealed bag and then placed in a clean ziploc, the chances for a contamination are probably low. LME can also go stale and cause negative changes in the finished beer. A great example of this was demonstrated in a brulosophy experiment (link below). Does the LME smell/taste/look like you would expect LME to? It is understandable if you do not have the experience with LME to make that call yourself. In that case, just do your best to check for contamination. Chances are you should be fine.

Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew.

http://brulosophy.com/2017/11/27/the-impact-of-age-on-liquid-malt-extract-exbeeriment-results/