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Year old grain

Postby crispylettuce » Fri Jan 27, 2017 08:26

For a variety of reasons I didn't brew as much as planned last year and as a result I have had (sealed) bags of grain sitting about for the best part of a year now. They are stored in the under the stairs cupboard, which remains fairly cool temp all year round..

Any problem in using them up this year? Or could they have suffered?
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Re: Year old grain

Postby HTH1975 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 08:47

Use them up. I've got some lager malt that sat here for a year till I used some at Xmas. Made a very tasty Pilsner with it.

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Re: Year old grain

Postby LeithR » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:13

Ditto, grain does deteriorate slowly but it will still be good after a year if its been kept in good dry condition.

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Re: Year old grain

Postby Kev888 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:50

Yes, dryness (and the absence of small furry rodents!) are important. If stored dry and cool, even crushed grain should be okay to use after a year or so, though it may have lost a little freshness and yield a tiny bit less I've never experienced any very noticeable degradation in that time.

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Re: Year old grain

Postby crispylettuce » Tue Jan 31, 2017 08:13

Thanks - I'll plan a brew then!
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Re: Year old grain

Postby john luc » Tue Jan 31, 2017 14:02

Chew it,put a few grains in your mouth and chew them,if they seem a bit soft and if the taste a little mouldy then chuck them
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Re: Year old grain

Postby PhatFil » Wed Feb 01, 2017 15:05

might be worth a small 1 litre test mash to check the BHE you can squeeze from the older grain and adjust any recipes accordingly?
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Re: Year old grain

Postby Bad 'Ed » Wed Feb 01, 2017 23:22

I've found that if my pale malt is over a year old I lose about 5% efficiency.

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