I personally wouldn't put it in the fridge or freezer - moisture would play havoc with it in no time! Just a cool, dark place, in an air-tight container, would be perfect. Stored like this I can't see why it would not last a couple of months, although the differences would be noticable after a few weeks.GSRman said:As i dont have a mill yet, and i dont brew *THAT* often i would love to hear some opinions on how long cracked grain keeps?
should it be in the fridge? freezer? or just a dark spot?
Mouldy, wet or earthy smells are the big ones to look out for. Mousiness, or that classic "wildlife" smell are also bad signs. Other than that, grain that turns sticky (obviously) or has any kind of growth, I would throw out as well. Basically, if it don't look right and it don't smell like grain any more, don't use it. I'm fairly certain you would pick out any of the signs as soon as you saw/smelled them at any rate.GSRman said:what should i look/smell/whatever for?
The moisture in the bread bag is actually from the bread itself. As long as the grain is dry, (ie kept in an environment of less than 20% RH) it sould be right to stick in the fridge.PMyers said:I must admit I hadn't though along those lines, as I keep thinking of the bread forming ice within the packaging in my freezer at home. You are right though, the moisture would likely only be a concern in the fridge. Try it out and let me know of the results.
If it's just a plain old garbage bin I'd be surprised if it was airtight. Put the lid on and give it a sqeeze in the middle to see if you can hear air going in and out of it. I'd reckon you'd need something with a screw on lid and a rubber gasket to get a good airtight seal - something like a fermenter.Hey Guys.
I've got just a standard garbage bin, that I genuienly cant remember what I brought it for, but anyway its just one of your standard jobs with the metal clips on the side making it airtight.