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Handling/Storing Malt Extract

Because they're made right here in the U.S.A., CBW pure malt extracts from Briess are the freshest malt extracts you can purchase. And when your shipment of LME arrives, there are steps you can take to assure that they are received and stored to maintain that high quality and freshness.


You have written procedures that your staff follows when receiving and storing dry malt and grains. It's beneficial to have the same for your LME. Here are some tips to include in these written procedures:


Tip #1) Receiving Product

  • Designate responsibility to one person
  • Inspect condition of both delivering trailer and load
  • Query driver on what other products were bi-loaded
  • Inspect each pail, drum, tote, etc., as it is unloaded for dents, scratches, leaks, etc. If contamination is suspected, stop unloading. If loss of product is involved, customer should sign the Bill of Lading attesting to the exceptions, then notify your Customer Service Rep immediately.
  • All shipments from Briess are palletized and stretch wrapped. Full truckload shipments have a cable lock seal on the trailer. If shipment is not palletized and/or shrink wrapped upon arrival, please note on the Bill of Lading and advise your Customer Service Rep immediately. In this case, palletize before storage.

Tip #2) Storage Area

  • Store in accordance with Good Manufacturing Procedures.
  • Best stored in temperatures of 70-80 ºF or lower
  • Avoid storing at temperatures 90 ºF or above which can cause color development and possible sensory changes

Tip #3) Product Storage

  • Stack pallets of pails, carboys and drums two high at maximum.
  • Liquid totes can be stacked up to three pallets high. This allows for convenient inspection on top of stack.
  • Pallets can be placed side by side in rows
  • An 18-inch aisle should be left between rows and walls for convenient inspections and cleaning.

Tip #4) Product Usage

  • Rotate inventory to use first-in, first-out
  • If a container is opened for quality purposes, use the product as soon as possible. Liquid malt extracts and syrups acts as a culture for airborne mold and yeast.

Tip #5) Storing Opened Product

  • Store opened containers of liquid malt extract or syrup at cool temperatures to help deter the growth of mold.

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Exposure to light and high temperatures darkens malt extracts.