Storing Homebrew Ingredients
Storage of ingredients is important, whether you are buying 10kg of malt or one of our kits you want to make sure it is kept in the right conditions. These will be general tips to make sure your ingredients don’t deteriorate and you get the best homebrew possible.
The most important thing with storing malted grains is making sure it stays dry. If wet for long periods the grain will start losing quality (as everything we want is being drained out) and is more likely to rot. Our kits come in vacuum packed bags meaning they are a lot less susceptible to this, but it is still wise to keep them in a dry area. Malt can be stored in a fridge, they will be perfectly fine in there but it is not necessary so don’t feel you have to.
Hops and yeast also need to be stored carefully but differently than grains. Preferably they should be kept in a fridge, they don’t need to be super cold but generally under room temperature otherwise they will spoil. They will last for some time in the open but you generally don’t want to keep them like that over a week or two. This is less of an issue in the winter if you don’t store them in a warm spot.
You also have to make sure whatever container you keep them it is rodent proof, especially if not stored in your house. You want something stronger than a plastic container as a mouse could easily chew through it if he is that desperate to become an alesmith. A metal container is best so if you are using a fridge it is a pretty good way to keep all your ingredients safe. You could also just buy a cat, they don’t like beer though.
Storing ingredients right is important for getting the most out of your homebrew, but most of all you just want to make sure everything you bought doesn’t get ruined.