TIPS: ORGANIC BREWING INGREDIENTS
you want to take advantage of our summer sale, but you cannot
brew all that beer in the next 30 days? Ingredients to make beer
are considered food products,
best used fresh, and should be properly stored. Read on for some tips to
keep your organic ingredients as fresh as possible for at least
Hops are affected by light, heat, and oxygen. Store in air-tight bags or containers
in the freezer. If vacuum sealed and frozen, whole hops will retain a good
aroma and flavor for up to 1 year, and pellet hops for up to 2 years.
WHOLE GRAIN BARLEY MALT:
Uncrushed malt stores well for long periods of time if stored at room temperature
(60- 70 ¾F) in airtight packaging. Whole malts need to be maintained with
a low moisture content, so it is important that the malts are stored in airtight
packaging or in a consistently dry place. Never store whole malts (crushed
or uncrushed) in the refrigerator or freezer. Doing so will cause moisture
condensation inside the package and will ruin the malt. If uncrushed, malts
can be stored for up to a year. If pre-crushed, unopened packages (as packed
by us at 7 bridges in our special oxygen barrier packaging) may be safely
stored for up to 6 months. After opening, crushed malts are best if used
within a month (if re-sealed in an airtight container).
Liquid malt extract will darken
with age, and if exposed to air and moisture, it will develop mold
on the top after a few months if stored at room temperature. If
packaged in a vacuum sealed bag, the liquid malt extract will store
well at room temperature (60- 70 ¾F) 3 to 6 months. For longer
storage, or to store buckets or jars of extract, refrigerate for
up to 1 year.
MALT EXTRACT (DME):
Dry malt extract should be
treated like the whole grain barley malt: store in airtight packaging,
and do not refrigerate. If exposed to humid air, dry malt extract
will form a compact, solid cake. If this happens it can still be
used, but it will take longer to dissolve.
Dehydrated beer yeast will store well under
refrigeration (40- 45 ¾F) for up to 1 year. Liquid yeast has a
short shelf life unless you plan to make a starter. If you brew
with liquid yeast, it is always best to buy the yeast no longer
than a month or two before you brew.