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Dave I
02/27/08 08:55 PM  
Old(er) Grain & Bugs: O.k. for Oud Bruin?
Hey All,

I still have 1/2 of a container of Al's bug chips that I made a small starter for a few weeks ago (probably about three weeks ago) and a larger Roeselare starter (with a gross pellicle) that I started the same time. I also have my grains for my planned Oud Bruin, ground over a month ago, but left in the plastic bags from the LHBS in the cool basement.

I live in Wisconsin. If you have watched The Weather Channel you might have noticed it has snowed and been cold here lately. Ludicrously cold. I was going to brew last weekend but I found out my mash tun (Igloo cooler) was cracked on the inside and leaked when I went to preheat it. I ordered a new cooler (150 qt., had to mail order since they do not carry that size in the stores, at least not locally), but it might not get here until NEXT week, when I was really hoping to brew THIS weekend at the absolute latest.

Anyway, I am wondering, should I be at all worried at all about my grains being too old/stale or the bugs getting at all unusable. Should I be o.k., or should I be worried that my beer will not taste so hot when I drink it in a couple of years? If so, should I get fresh grains, freshen up the starters, or just go ahead and brew the bloody thing?

-Cheers

Al B
02/28/08 08:23 AM  
Re: Old(er) Grain & Bugs: O.k. for Oud Bruin?
Dave -

I think the grains will be OK as long as the plastic bags have kept out any humidity (probably not much in the Winter). Try tasting them, but I think they will be fine.

How's the bug chips doing (growing I hope)? If so, I would not be worried about them.

Dave I
02/28/08 12:56 PM  
Re: Old(er) Grain & Bugs: O.k. for Oud Bruin?
<<Dave -

I think the grains will be OK as long as the plastic bags have kept out any humidity (probably not much in the Winter). Try tasting them, but I think they will be fine.

How's the bug chips doing (growing I hope)? If so, I would not be worried about them.>>

Hey Al,

The bugs in the Flanders Red I have in the basement seem to be working. There is a ring of bubbles, no pellicle but it still shows signs of S-L-O-W activity, which is fine. The starter I plan on using in the second batch has not grown a pellicle yet either, however there is a layer of yeast (or something) on the bottom and it smells something wild. So I think they are growing fine. I made it a small starter so I could A) Keep all of the remaining bugs alive while B) keeping the population in as close to the same proportions as they were when you sent the tubes out.

Anyway, thanks. The grains are dry. I will taste them, just do not want them stale or lifeless by the time I brew them up. I am not HUGELY concerned, but annoyed by the weather & my old mash tun (RIP) and a bit anxious to get this one in the books.

-Cheers

Al B
02/28/08 01:30 PM  
Re: Old(er) Grain & Bugs: O.k. for Oud Bruin?
Yeah Dave,

I hear ya about the weather (my sister's in Madison). Hopefully it thaws out by August for the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Dave I
02/28/08 06:18 PM  
Re: Old(er) Grain & Bugs: O.k. for Oud Bruin?
It will be nice and hot in August. I went to Grad school in Madison up until last year. Despite how @#$% cold it gets in the winter, it gets nice and hot too. Perfect for drinking a cool pint of beer. Should be a great time.

As for the starter . . . I smelled it and man, funkiest smelling stuff I have ever intended to drink! Not sure I would want to drink a glass based on how it smells now, but aged and blended in with a beer, things could get interesting! Based on the smell, things are growing just fine in there.

-Cheers

Al B
02/28/08 10:33 PM  
Re: Old(er) Grain & Bugs: O.k. for Oud Bruin?
<< smelled it and man, funkiest smelling stuff I have ever intended to drink!>>

Ehhhhxcellent.

 
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