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Storing and using leftover DME

If stored properly (no humidity and at room temperature or lower) the DME should preserve itself at least for a year. It has been discussed before: How long will an extract kit stay good? In your ...
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Best temperature to store carboy after fermentation is complete?

Warmer temperatures will allow the yeast to continue its work, cleaning up the beer. Colder temperatures will promote yeast flocculation which helps to clear the beer. It'd suggest leaving the beer in ...
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Conditioning and storing beer at temperatures around -5°C

It's fairly safe to say that bottle conditioning at -5°c will not yield good results. Even high ABV beers stored below freezing will form ice crystals and force a separation of the water and ethanol. ...
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

I was very excited to see what the community had to offer for this problem as I am in need of a cardboard box replacement as well. Unfortunately, it appears that www.cwcrate.com is out of business. ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Equipment Storage

This is a super old thread but I had to deal with this recently and I was very happy with my results. Living in a walk-up second story apartment in Chicago, space being limited I purchased one of ...
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Storing and using leftover DME

I bulk prime with DME, so it takes me 3 to 6 months to use a 1kg bag. I reseal the bag quickly, and place it in an airtight plastic container after pouring out the amount I require. No observable ...
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What is the proper way to store SCOBY?

My ginger beer SCOBY has grown in a jar for over 9 years. If kept hydrated and fed (with ginger and sugar and occasional fresh lemon juice) it seems to keep well enough. If I do not produce/bottle ...
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Storing leftover hops using water displacement method

Yeah sure, I don't see why not. The hops are probably not sinking as easy as the steak, but it will still work if you be careful enough. But also I'm thinking that you won't notice a difference ...
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Storing leftover hops using water displacement method

Actually using plastic bags period is bad, because they are permeable (small molecules can pass through) So even submerging the bag to vacate air really won't do much good. You're better off ...
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Does humidity matter for ageing wine in screw top bottles

No it does not. When it comes to screw caps, the things important to keep away from aging wine in a screwcap bottle are light, heat and motion. If oxygen can't penetrate the cap, how could humidity? ...
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How can I contain unexpected bottle bombs

No matter how careful you are, you can pick up a wild yeast infection and wind up w/ gushers and bottle bombs. They do explode w/ some force--enough to cause minor injuries for sure--but a regular ...
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Lambic blend affecting beer in fridge?

Doubtful It is remotely possible for yeast packs to have microbes on the outside of packaging from contamination at packing time. I don't see it contaminating unopened beers though. Most likely the ...
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Planning brewing towards an occasion over an extended period of time with regards to storage

Most all lagers if you can lager for months you can have some great beer. Fruit Cream Ales are nice for summer, can be done as ales or lagers, often mixed fermentation with both ale and Lager yeasts....
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Storing and using leftover DME

DME loves to suck up humidity and turn to a brick of sugar if it can. What I do is cut the corner off the DME bag. Using a large mouth plastic bottle (gatorade) cut the top off 1 inch from the cap. ...
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What's the best way to ship bottles of beer 3000km in hot weather?

Google for polystyrene wine storage. Those containers are great for shipping beer and you can get them in various sized. When you have your container get bubble wrap and place a double layer of bubble ...
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What's the best way to ship bottles of beer 3000km in hot weather?

All you can really do is ensure that your fermentation, sanitation and bottling practices are as sound as possible. You should (as you seem to) definitely expect that your beer will see the worst ...
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Storage Temperature

Beer should be stored cool. Around 7°C (45°F), never colder than 3°C (37°F) [#1]. Charles Bamforth says that every extra 10°C (50°F) of temperature doubles the rate of beer aging. So when your beer ...
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Store 500g dry yeast package after opened

I had a half kilo pack of US-05 in the freezer for about 2 years, and it was always fine. Just seal it up as best as you can between uses.
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I got a strong, chemical-vinegary smell when I opened the plastic fermentation bucket I use to store all my brewing stuff. Is it still safe to use?

After some research I think I discovered a potential source of the problem. Potassium metabisulfite decomposes into, amongst other compounds, sulphur dioxide - a gas which is irritating and toxic at ...
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How long can yeast be stored?

Wyeast liquid yeast has a 6 months warranty shelf life. http://www.wyeastlab.com/rw_advantage.cfm Danstar dry yeast comes with a 2 years guaranteed shelf life, if stored properly. http://www....
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

I have actual experience with this... For a period of time I was "bottling" with mason jars off the fridge taps for co workers (the ease of filling is still tempting). I was finding that after about 4 ...
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

Couldn't find the compressive strength of glass compared to the tensile strength of glass, but a mason jar would probably be able to withstand higher pressure acting on the outside (as in canning, or ...
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Pausing a ginger beer plant

I've found that my ginger bug is heartier than I gave it credit for. I was making a batch of Ginger Beer just about every 7-10 days after I first cultured the bug, and was feeding it after every batch....
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Long term storage of equipment like buckets and kegs, lines, etc

As long as everything gets cleaned and dried, there should be no special precautions necessary after that for storing them.
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Longevity of bottled mead

Mead generally ages very well and some of the best glasses I've had are from bottles that somebody forgot about. (The only reason I've never had a mead that's more than ten years old is that it's ...
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Any risks to storing glass carboys and other brew equipment in an unheated garage?

You shouldn't have issue with natural tempurature swings on empty glass carboys. I store clean sanitized and dry with foil and rubber band on top. In the high desert which can reach 100+ day time and ...
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How can I contain unexpected bottle bombs

Avoid it as previous answers have stated. Outside of that, if you are worried about it I would just condition in rubbermaid containers, mainly to contain the mess. That said, I've never had a bomb, ...
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What is the proper way to store SCOBY?

This site recommends you keep culturing for less than 6 weeks. For longer, they recommend two options. "Feeding" the scoby every 4-6 weeks, where "feeding" consists of draining off the existing ...
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I don't have a cellar. How should I store my beer?

The colder place the better. Higher temperature will age your beer prematurely, shortening its lifespan. Depending on the style of beer it might be fine to age it a little, but a few styles a ...
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I don't have a cellar. How should I store my beer?

I would store it in bottles where ever is convenient and not pay too much attention to temp fluctuations during conditioning. I have many hundreds of bottles of beer conditioning on a regular basis - ...
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