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dane

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I'm just having a little clean up of the garage and what to know what is the best way to store grain. I have some Munich Grain (cracked) that I used in a brew last week (and will be using the rest of it shortly). At the moment I have it in an airtight container just on the bench. I keep hops in the freezer and yeast in the fridge - should I cool/freeze grains or is room temp fine? Does it differ if they are cracked or whole?
 

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Something airtight to keep the insects out. Read a story about a fellow walking into his grain storage room and seeing it alive with moths :)

You can store grain in the fridge/freezer - I havent' done this but have read recommendations from people who swear by it. I imagine you just need to be sure that no moisture gets in. I've also read about people advocating purging with Co2 whenever you remove any grain from a container (kill any bugs and prevent oxidation).

In general whole grain keeps much better than crushed. eg. a chap in Newcastle has hundreds of kg. of malted grain stored as is in sacks for at least a year with no ill effects. When he opens a new sack he just transfers the contents to a 25 litre container.

Interesting message here on grain going stale and why this happens and why it's more a problem with crushed grain.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CraftBrewing...ng/message/9385

However crushed grain should be ok for some weeks at least if stored in a dry, cool airtight container.
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OK similar topic but to do with uncracked grain.

what is the best way to store this? Does it need to be in an air tight container or is a cheap-o storage box from bunnings ok?
 

wessmith

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Same result here too Ross.

The mantra for grain storage though is pretty simple - cool and dry. That does not necessarily mean a hermetic seal - just enough to stop humid air coming in contact with the grain.

Wes
 

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Thanks Guys, this is what I thought. I already bought the 60 litre box from bunnings however it is not air tight. should be right.

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