Grains gone off?

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Grains gone off?

Post by Brewedout » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:55 pm

I've not been brewing in a while, but I'm about to start once more.

I have 2 questions...

1. I have grains from October 2017 not yet crushed. Will these still make good beer? They have been stored in standard grain sacks in a cardboard box.

2. Assuming yes to the previous question. I have 1kg of torrified wheat still sealed in the plastic bag. There are a fair number of blackened grains within this pack rather than the normal golden colour for torrified wheat. I can't recall if they were like this when I had them. Can anyone help here? Are they normal?

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Re: Grains gone off?

Post by LeeH » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:53 pm

Crush some and taste them.


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Re: Grains gone off?

Post by guypettigrew » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:00 pm

Or just chuck them and start again. 1kg of wheat is no loss. How much do you have of the other grains?

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Re: Grains gone off?

Post by Brewedout » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:50 am

20kg of marris otter, plus 1kg bags of crystal, flaked wheat, roasted barley, wheat malt, Amber.

Not necessarily a huge loss, but not insignificant either! But when you spend a day making it not great if its off.

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Re: Grains gone off?

Post by Jim » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:00 am

1. As long as they've been kept in reasonably cool, dry conditions they should be OK.

2. Never seen that before.
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Re: Grains gone off?

Post by Brewedout » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:56 pm

Looks like it may be a goer, I might try a darker style first. Tempted to not use the torrified wheat though since no one else has seen this. It will be good to get back into brewing after such a long break from it. Thanks for your thoughts

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Re: Grains gone off?

Post by gaunt_paul » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:55 pm

1. I'd use this. As long as it tastes ok, go for it
2. I don't know why it's got black bits, but i'm weary. I'd chuck it myself

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Re: Grains gone off?

Post by dbambrick996 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:51 pm

If you chew them and the grain is soft don’t use them, if solid and u get a crunch the grain is still good and fresh

I have a 8 month old bad of Pilsner, about 2 kg left, has a crunch

I have an old bag of pale, it’s gone soft

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