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#1 Ken L

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 09:36 AM

Last year, I bought some bulk pellets and vitalin. Both are stored in airtight barrels.
How long can I reasonably expect them to stay in good condition?

Species caught in 2018: Perch. Bream. Rainbow Trout. Brown Trout. Chub. Roach. Carp. European Eel.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.
Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullien's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullien's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Record Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 05:23 PM

Last year, I bought some bulk pellets and vitalin. Both are stored in airtight barrels.
How long can I reasonably expect them to stay in good condition?

Have a look at this Ken, but I reckon as you're only using it for fishing it'll be yet another "BEST BEFORE LIE".

If stored in a dry place & no visible mould has formed, then reckon they'll last much much longer than the advertised 6 Months.

 

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:03 PM

All,

 

What ingredient would limit the shelf life?  Most of my dry carp bait inert ingredients would survive well over several years.

 

Maybe I should make that a question (?). - - For now, that is my opinion.

 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 12:41 AM

I guess if you buy a bunch of the biggest moisture absorbing bags and plonk them in it should last indefinitely.
More if you vacuum sealed it into multipul bags ,i have dozens of packets of microwave porridge in the shed for 18 months and i tried the oldest lot last week when i ran out and it was fine.
I found a bag of boilies i had stored opened and they were dust ,i am sure if it was unopened they would be fine and vacuum sealed more so

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 01:15 AM

Rule of thumb is - if they look & smell OK - then they are OK!!

 

The term "Rule of Thumb" (for anyone interested)  actually stems from the maximum thickness of a stick that a man was permitted to use in order to beat his wife - ie up to the thickness of his thumb!! 

 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 08:38 PM

Thanks guys. I may consider vacuum packing some of the pellets and transferring some of them to a spare fridge.

Species caught in 2018: Perch. Bream. Rainbow Trout. Brown Trout. Chub. Roach. Carp. European Eel.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.
Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullien's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullien's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Record Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 03:16 AM

Ken,

 

I looked yesterday and forgot to post.  I have trout pellets from 1996 in a reasonably well sealed 5 gal. bucket.  They look and smell just fine? FYI this particular batch is about the size of a pencil erasure and very oily.  Probably very high protein although I failed to mark the bucket.

 

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 09:30 PM

Moisture in dry ingredients is your enemy and you will almost have certainly packed some of this when you sealed your containers. It's virtually impossible to exclude all moisture unfortunately, and how much is in there will ultimately determine how long they remain usuable.

 

In my experience, it's usually OK from one season to another - probably around six months tops. Best bet is to make it up into session-sized batches and freeze it. Will last indefinitely and you can bring it out to use as and when needed.

 

I learnt the hard way after most of a big bag of Vitalin went very mouldy and smelt absolutely awful!


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