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Old 07-14-2009, 05:02 PM   #1
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I recently purchased 100 lbs of grain, and I am having difficulty figuring out how to store that much grain so that it will stay fresh for a long period of time, and make the purchase of bulk grain worthwhile.

So, how do those of you that purchase grain in bulk store your grain?

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Old 07-14-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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Well, I never buy that much bulk as I don't use it that fast. If you were doing 10 gallon batches, I could see it being worth it.

Anyway, I usually buy 50lb bags and either store it in a rubbermaid storage tub that you can buy for around 5 bucks at HD. As long as it's airtight and you keep it in a cool place, it'll keep for awhile. Otherwise, when I buy specialty grains in 5lb bags, I use my foodsaver to seal them airtight and keep them in a cool place with the rest of my stuff.

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I use 5 gallon homer buckets from home depot.

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Take a look at the similar threads box if you scroll down to the bottom of the screen, there's 5 threads on the topic there alone...

A lot of folks use the Vittle Vault pet food containers sold at petsmart.

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I store mine in the big Rubbermaid totes in my basement. Each one holds a little more then a 55lb bag.

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I use 5 gallon homer buckets from home depot.
Do the 5 gallon buckets hold 50 lbs of grain? I have several of those already that could be oxy-cleaned and made to hold grain. Are they air tight?

I purchased 50 lbs of 2-row and 50 lbs of Munich Malt as my two main brews are pale ales and irish red ales. I do 5-glallon batches, using these two as my main base malts, this should get me through my next 11 brews. And at $0.70 a pound I couldn't pass it up.
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Do the 5 gallon buckets hold 50 lbs of grain? I have several of those already that could be oxy-cleaned and made to hold grain. Are they air tight?

I purchased 50 lbs of 2-row and 50 lbs of Munich Malt as my two main brews are pale ales and irish red ales. I do 5-glallon batches, using these two as my main base malts, this should get me through my next 11 brews. And at $0.70 a pound I couldn't pass it up.
It takes like 1 and a half homers for 50lbs.
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Homers with the o-ring seal in the lid. As air tight as you need.

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Homer buckets will hold almost exactly 25# each. I've been using them for several months with no problems at all; no insects, moisture, spoilage, etc. Not bad for under $4 each! I don't even use a liner anymore, but they are handy for combining different grains in the same bucket. Here's a 50# bag of 2-row in buckets:

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I use food safe buckets with mylar liners, O2 Absorbers and Gamma Seal Lids to store my 90 days of "survival food" I keep in rotation (rice, beans, etc.). These will keep your grains fresh for a long time. If you fumigate with CO2, it's evenbetter (either pump it in or drop a cube of dry ice near the bottom before you fill). Here are two great sources. The Food sage buckets at Emergency Essentials can be used as fermenters or bottling buckets too and are cheaper than food safe buckets at most LHBS, Online HBS and Restuarant Supply Store. Their shipping is very reasonable too.

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