Old Cara Malt

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  1. NickBesk

    NickBesk New Member

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    Two years ago I bought 1kg of Weyermann Special W malt, completely forgot about it and found just now. It was stored in a plain plastic ziploc, below room temperature and relatively dry. The malt smells and tastes just fine. Is it usable? If yes, how much longer can I store it?
     
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    Taste it. If it tastes stale, don't use it. Otherwise, you're likely fine.
     
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    Thanks, I was pretty sure the worst thing that could happen is aroma not being as intense, as it was originally. I was just anxious if there is something I had no clue about, since all I could find about malt storage was "more than one year is no-go".
     
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    Well, it works as a rule of thumb. As dry as it is in Denver, I'd think we could go much longer. Malt is pretty much indestructible as long as you keep it dry.
     
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    Was it milled? If not, it should last quite well. Base malt is more susceptible to deterioration and older grain will yield less efficiency. With Crystal malts, it's just a matter of flavor (stale bread) messing up your beer. If it was milled, off flavor is more likely and I'd probably cut my losses and toss it.
     

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