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Storing Crushed Grains
« on: December 23, 2009, 09:52:13 AM »
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!
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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2009, 10:51:05 AM »
A month is no big deal. If you can put them in a freezer that would be best.
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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2009, 10:52:18 AM »
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?
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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2009, 10:54:54 AM »
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.
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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2009, 10:56:39 AM »
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.
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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2009, 10:58:30 AM »
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.
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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009, 11:27:45 AM »
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.   ???

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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2009, 12:06:07 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.
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Re: Storing Crushed Grains
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2009, 01:20:04 PM »
Sweet.  Thanks for all the tips!
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