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So 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 6 months!

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.

Uncrushed malt stores well for long periods of time if stored at room temperature (60- 70 F) 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 F) 3 to 6 months. For longer storage, or to store buckets or jars of extract, refrigerate for up to 1 year.

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 F) 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.

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