Halfacrem
I've got a few bags of crushed Grains that have been sitting in my grain box since I last brewed. The Best before date on a lot of them is 31/01/2018. A good few kilos of Golden Promise and Lager malt etc. A few dark grains as well.

Chuck em? It's a shame too but I'd rather do that than spoil a brew. I've got some fresh grain for tomorrow's brew day.


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Clibit
Halfacrem wrote:
I've got a few bags of crushed Grains that have been sitting in my grain box since I last brewed. The Best before date on a lot of them is 31/01/2018. A good few kilos of Golden Promise and Lager malt etc. A few dark grains as well.

Chuck em? It's a shame too but I'd rather do that than spoil a brew. I've got some fresh grain for tomorrow's brew day.



I reckon they'd probably be ok, especially if still sealed. But your call, it's not a lot of money to replace them.
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Hops_and_Dreams
Try eating some, it will taste stale if it is. But I wouldn't hold out much hope if it's already crushed.
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Halfacrem
Good shout on the tasting. I'll use the new stuff tomorrow as I'm bound to be a bit rusty. Don't want any ingredients to hold me back as bound to make some cocks up on the Process!!

How many here mill their own grains? I've noticed that whole grains are pretty much the same price as crushed, but is home milling a lot more efficient?
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Clibit
Halfacrem wrote:
Good shout on the tasting. I'll use the new stuff tomorrow as I'm bound to be a bit rusty. Don't want any ingredients to hold me back as bound to make some cocks up on the Process!!

How many here mill their own grains? I've noticed that whole grains are pretty much the same price as crushed, but is home milling a lot more efficient?


Quite a few of us do now. The main advantage is that they stay fresh much longer. 
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Hops_and_Dreams
Yeah I do too, mostly as whole grain stores for longer and I can keep various types without worrying to have to use it up.
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Pinto
I've made decent beer from crushed grains I had sitting around for nearly 3 years 😉  As metioned, try chewing some, it'll let you know whether the grain is oxidised or not.  Mine were kept in a ziplock bag, but stored in a cool, dry dark cupboard - kept it fine.
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Fermented Culture
Yeah...I've just chucked out a few bags of old crushed malt but they were 1-2 years old. Many still have malt aroma but some less pungent than others. It was stored dry, cool but not as airtight as it could have been.

My main worry was the low risk of mould forming in which I couldn't see it, it shouldn't because it was dry. Apparently the worse type of mould growth comes from continental farms since it doesn't grow in the cooler climate we've got. So I decided there was no point in risking it.

If it's best before last month I wouldn't worry too much personally.
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Chug
Being a miller at the local watermill I have found that as long as grain is stored cool and dry and airtight in the dark it keeps amazingly well, the farm who supply us have just delivered some wheat that they have had from 2016 harvest and it passed the quality tests with flying colours.

When it does go bad its quite obvious, so give it a visual check then smell it, then if those tests are ok go for a taste test.
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