I ordered 2 beer kits the other day and one of them contains LME. The kits should be arriving on Friday and it is going to be a couple of days before I use the kits. I have never used LME and was wondering if it needs to be refrigerated since I won't be using it right away.
I would refrigerate it. Definitely don't leave it in a warm spot. Refrigeration won't hurt and is just easy insurance. Just put the container in a hot water bath before using. I used to always rinse the container with hot wort to get every last drop.
For a couple days, I wouldn't worry about putting them in the fridge. Weeks, yes. Days, no. Do put your yeast on the fridge though.
Yeast I definitely put in the fridge, but I will pull the yeast out of the fridge the morning I am going to use it, so it gets to room temperature and then if I have any that is left over, I put it back in to the fridge.
I'm going to disagree a little. Sealed LME from the store/online marketer doesn't need to be refrigerated. It'll last months at room temp. After all they aren't fridgeing it at the store. I've even kept opened and resealed LME for a month or so without problem. Of course, my 'room temp' is around 60ish, and they are in a sealed tote.
As your LME ages it will darken which will only be exacerbated by boiling it. Keeping it in the fridge retards this process.
True dat.I guess the only time I use LME is in darkish recipes where color changes don't matter.But, I'm sure that a color change is only an indication of other chemical changes- oxidation maybe?Still all in all, I'm not fridging LME. Maybe if I invested in a gallon or two I would think about it.
How in the world do those breweries that buy 35 gallon LME do it then? Sealed, yes, room temp for a long time... unsealed, best use it or lose it... Sneezles61