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storing grains in the freezer okay for wild fermentation?

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I have heard it is a good idea to store grains in the freezer to keep them from going ranci. But if I do that, will the natural yeasts and bacteria that live on them be killed off? I've searched the archives and could not find an answer so I hope I am not asking a really dumb question.... thanks!
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It should be fine. I think some, if not all, of the yeasts will survive since I know you can freeze kefir grains without harm to the grains. Besides, many of the recipes in Wild Fermentation rely on wild yeasts found in the air that are naturally attracted to certain foods.
hmmm...I didn't know about the yeast in the air thing.....I usually brew things with the lid on or I attract all kinds of nasty bugs....
The recipes in Wild Fermentation tell you to cover with a cloth or pillowcase. He talks the the book about how a recipe may taste different depending on where you make it since you are relying on local organisms and microbial cultures.
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