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Old 09-18-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default Air tight grain storage a must?

So I've been reading alot of the threads regarding grain storage and quite a few are referencing air tight or vaccumm sealing.

My question is how important is air tight or vaccumm sealing to storing. Is it more important for long term or should be considered for short term

My initial plan was to store about 50lbs of 2 row in tied up plastic bag of some sort and then stick it in a plastic clamp type tote (not exactly air tight) which would then be stored in a basement room which has a dehumidifier running

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I am not sure of the importance of vacuum sealing, but many are using the pet food containers with the air-tight screw top like they sell at PetSmart. They are marketed by Vittle Vault.

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Old 09-18-2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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Yeah i saw that one. I was trying to avoid dropping $40 but I MAY have to consider some kind of food container...they seem to have IRIS brand a little cheaper.

As far as my current plan....I don't beleive the palstic tote I have could be considered exactly food grade but I figure I'll be in good shape if the grains are initially put into some kind of clear trash bag of sorts....any thoughts?

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Look around for tin cans - I use a bunch of the big ones that popcorn (pre-popped and flavored) comes in (usually with quaint holiday scenes printed on the can) - fairly tight sealing (no, not really airtight) lids.

I also have one thing that is the best ever, but hard to come by at a reasonable price to to antique dealers and lamp-makers wanting to abominate them - a milk can. Seals really well, built like a tank, heavily tinned.

I'd be careful about using trash bags- some are not really food safe. I use gallon or two gallon zip loc bags inside the cans, which gives me convenient amounts of grain or DME to grab at one whack.

Buckets (a plastic primary) with non-holed lids would work quite well for cheap - even for free if you find a local food-service place that discards them (frosting buckets, etc). $9.70 for 6 gallon plus undrilled lid from Morebeer. Airtight, bug-tight, rodent resistant.

Your biggest enemy is not air so much as insects and rodents. The brewery or distillery (when they did their own malting) cat was an important critter, given the attraction of all that grain for wee beasties.

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Yeah i was thinking about some beer buckets

I like the antique can idea though....that would be pretty cool.

We got a couple decorative (mock antique) ones that say flour and such up on the kitchen counter.....i wonder if the wife would notice them missing

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You might check US Plastics

Here is the Vittle Vault II:



Or maybe some of the other bucket options, including the hinged square bucket. Many options are cheaper up front, but shipping could add a bit.

Check with local bakeries, independent and supermarket. I found 2 gallon buckets for free.

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These are what I use and I love them

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$10 for a 6.5 gallon bucket with screw on lid.

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If you're looking for those vittle vaults, look at Costco too. I have one that is bigger than standard that was only 25 dollars. It is for my dog's food, but it does the trick!

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I picked these up from walmart for around $17. Each of them have 50lbs in them, I'd guess that you could fit up to 60lbs of malt in each. There is a rubber seal on the lid, so it's pretty close to air tight.

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I picked these up from walmart for around $17. Each of them have 50lbs in them, I'd guess that you could fit up to 60lbs of malt in each. There is a rubber seal on the lid, so it's pretty close to air tight.

I didn't see those ones at my wally world...I did pick an equivilant IRIS air tight 55 qt container for like $27...just filled it to the top with 55lbs of 2 row
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