The holidays are here! You’ll likely be stocking up on supplies and end up with more than you know what to brew with. Here are some tips on storing your ingredients until you’re ready to use them.
Our maltsters tell us most grain is fresh for months after milling, though you should try to plan accordingly to use as fresh as possible. Either way, grain should be stored in a dry environment. Refrigerators and freezers are not good for that, as they contain a lot of moisture. Just stick the grain in a tupperware and keep it in your pantry or basement, or in another cool, dry place.
Liquid extract can be stored in the fridge, but watch for mold formation. Cool, dry places also work well (extract can be stored in the same places as grain). Dry extract should be stored somewhere dry.
Hops are fine in the fridge, but should be kept in the freezer for long-term storage.
Store your yeast in the fridge. The yeast packs can survive a few days at room temperature, but should be put in the refrigerator as soon as they are received. Dry yeast is fine without refrigeration much longer than liquid yeast, but keeping it cold will extend its life.
Check your order as soon as it arrives. Stash your yeast in the refrigerator and hops in the freezer—make sure everything is accounted for. Please report any potential damage or order issue to us right away, as we don’t want anything to delay your carefully planned brew day.
Dan Boody, NB Customer Service Manager