Buying Bulk Crushed Grains

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by psnydez86, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I know that the shelf life of crushed grains have been a topic on here before and I had a couple questions. I found a 50lb sack of crushed 2row base malt online for 37 bucks and I can't help but want to buy it. I obviously don't have a mill yet and will have one eventually but it isn't in the cards right now. If I buy this bulk base malt crushed would vacuum sealing 5-10lb bags be my best route to long term storage? MY basement is nice and cool right now(55f ish) and should remain so for a few more months at least. I should be able to use up this 50lb sack in about 3 or 4 months I would imagine and wondered if getting the base malt pre crushed is gonna give me noticeable lack of malt flavor/aroma when it gets a few months old.??

    Cheers! Pat
     
  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    You should be just fine if you use your grains in a few months. Packaging them in vacuum sealed bags will be ‘good’ but I suspect that it is overkill.

    Below is what pweis909 posted recently:

    “The last time I answered it (about two weeks ago) I quoted this statement from the Spec Sheet from Briess malting, so this is coming from a beer products professional and not some anonymous dude with a bird avatar:

    STORAGE AND SHELF LIFE

    Store in a temperate, low humidity, pest free environment at temperatures of <90 ºF. Improperly stored malts are prone to loss of freshness and flavor. Whole kernel diastatic and preground malts are best when used within 6 months from date of manufacture. Whole kernel roasted malts may begin experiencing a slight flavor loss after 18 months.


    EDIT: FWIW, I have brewed several batches with 6 month old grains and not found it detrimental.”

    Cheers!
     
  3. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for the info Jack!! Was your 6 month old grain pre crushed or whole kernal? I know whole kernal will store a lot better than crushed but I think as long as I use up the pre crushed base malt in a few months I shouldn't notice any defects?
     
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    That sentence was still part of the quote from pweis909 (Peter). Hopefully he will read your thread and clarify whether his 6 month old grains were pre-crushed or not.

    Cheers!

    Jack
     
  5. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    10 4 jack.
     
  6. inchrisin

    inchrisin Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    It seems like whenever I buy a bag of grain I always do a 1070+ beer. Then I have about half a bag of grain to deal with. :)
     
  7. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I've got a Cali Common, Robust Porter, American Amber, and of course Vikeman's Averagely IPA in my brewing pipeline so I think I should be able to finish the grain off in a couple months hopefully.
     
  8. inchrisin

    inchrisin Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    You've got your work cut out for you.
     
  9. HerbMeowing

    HerbMeowing Nov 10, 2010 Virginia

    I'd be disinclined to sealing bags of pre-crushed grains at room temperature then storing in a 55-ish environment b/c this will invite condensation.

    More better to acclimate the grains to 55-ish before sealing or seal and store at 'upstairs' room temperature.
     
  10. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

     
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