Yesterday I found some grain that was sealed in plastic inside a bucket with a gamma seal lid. Itís probably 1.5 to 2 years old. Should I dump it? Iíve also got a bucket with gamma lid thatís full of Munich but not packaged.
I found it when I was in the process of removing lids off old buckets and putting them on new buckets. Thanks in advance.
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Link Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:47 pm Post subject:
There's no simple black and white answer.
Depends on the grain. Depends on how it was stored (you stored it well if you used gamma seal lids like these: https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/pages/gamma-seal-lid ). Depends on the beer you want to make. The lighter the kilning, generally speaking the shorter the lifespan before it goes stale. Taste it and find out.
I like to try and use my low kilned base malts within a year or so but have used older stuf than that with no noticeable change in taste. Depends on the beer too. For example, a subtle staleness may be completely lost on a Double IPA but noticeable on a light lager.
The heavier kilned / crytalized stuff seems to last forever. I have some 500+L stuff that's probably 10 years old.
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