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Old 06-05-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default Container to store specialty grains?

I just moved to a new state, and with that comes a new brew store. My old one had a much bigger selection of grains and you could measure out the exact amount of any grain that you needed. Now, the selection is more limited, and they only sell in 1 lb bags. So my question is, does anyone have a good way to store the specialty grains? Good containers? Etc? Thanks



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Old 06-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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I use lock and lock containers that I got at the dollar store. They have a gasket in the lid and clips on all four sides. I haven't seen them in the dollar stores lately. They cost $3-$9 depending on size at department stores.

Added: I also use my FoodSaver.



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Old 06-05-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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Yeah, I picked up a foodsaver as well and just generally reseal the bags that they come in after I take out what I need. Then I just toss the separate bags into a big bucket with a lid that I've got. The foodsaver works great with hop bulk purchases as well. I've seen some guys with a ton of tupperware containers with several dozen different specialty malts, but I'm like you, generally just storing whatever I have left from a pound purchase. It also means I do a fair amount of subbing based on the fractions I have laying around, but I'm ok with that .

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Cool, thanks for the responses. I'll start browsing the dollar store and will just use the bags they come in in an air-tight bucket until some cheap containers are procured.

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I've seen some guys with a ton of tupperware containers with several dozen different specialty malts
That describes me. Containers from Target. I like this setup a lot, but they are not air-tight. That would have been an improvement.

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That is a cool picture.

I'm nailing the Tupperware lady so get a good deal on grain containers.

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I use a Gamma Vittles container. You can find these at Petco. Thay aint' cheap though.
I got one that will hold about 30 lbs of grain for $30 but they have a number of sizes.
These have a 'screw' on top that is air tight and even keep ants out. We use one for our dry dog food and the food stays fresh for months.
http://www.petco.com/product/9799/Gamma-Vittles-Vault-Stackables.aspx
You might be able to find cheaper places than Petco online.

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Another thing I've been using for small amounts of grain storage is those plastic coffee "cans." or whatever they're called these days.






I just have a hard time getting rid of them, they just seem so "usefull" for stuff. I especially like the maxwell house ones with the handle. So if I have a lot of grain I just fill those, and if it's a small amount I put those in baggies, and store them baggies in one of them.

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That's a great idea Revvy--can't believe I never thought of it!

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That's a great idea Revvy--can't believe I never thought of it!
I agree!


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