I ordered a 50 pound sack of Maris Otter back in February, so about 7 months ago. I portioned it out into 1 gallon zip lock bags after using it the first time. I brewed a pumpkin spice ale this Saturday and used the last 8 pounds of the Maris Otter, along with 3 additional pounds I picked up from my local homebrew store to round out my base grain. The stuff I got from the store definitely had more of a crunch to it. The old Maris Otter still had a little crunch, but was a little mealy, though it didn't taste bad by any means. How do you know when malt has gone bad, and how much does your beer suffer when using old grain?