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Old 12-30-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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After years of having my grains milled at my LHBS, I finally bought a Barley Crusher, and am now planning out my bulk grain inventory. I have settled on 2-row, Marris Otter, and Wheat as my base grains and all will be in a 50lb bag. I know that the grains need to be kept in a cool and dry environment. My question is how does everyone here keep their bulk grains? I have seen that some keep them in buckets, but that's going to be a heck of a lot of buckets.

I was thinking of getting some of those larger plastic storage bins with the locking lids, and adding a strip of weather strip to the top of the container to help create a tighter seal, and then just keeping the bags in them.

Does anyone have any better solution, or other ideas?

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Old 12-30-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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I keep mine in the garage in new aluminum trash cans. The grain is in plastic bags which keeps it dry and fresh and the metal trash cans keep out any vermin that might be interested. I lined any sharp spots with duct tape to keep it from ripping bags.

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I just started buying in bulk as well, and several people recommended the Homer buckets from Home Depot. I took the recommendation myself and picked up a few. They are under $5 for the bucket and a lid, and hold 25# of grain each. I've also lined them with trash bags to keep moisture out, and freshness in. Here's a pic:

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Try pet food containers. They are typically air tight to keep the food inside dry.

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I just started buying in bulk as well, and several people recommended the Homer buckets from Home Depot. I took the recommendation myself and picked up a few. They are under $5 for the bucket and a lid, and hold 25# of grain each. I've also lined them with trash bags to keep moisture out, and freshness in. Here's a pic:
but, Are those Food safe? Could they be used to transfer running to boil kettle from mashtun?

Back On Topic. I've also been looking into this as I want to start crushing my own this year and buying in Bulk. Stackable buckets seem to be the nicest solution for me.
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Tons of good suggestions here.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:31 PM   #7
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It depends on your environment if it's out side rats, raccoons and squirels can chew thur plastic you'll need a metal can like Ed

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i put what i could in a large freezer
for the stuff that didn't fit, i used a bottle bucket with a broken spiget handle to store 25# of grain in. i used the lid and fitted an airlock to it. I didn't end up using up the grain for 8-10 months. But as i used it, it was fresh smelling and free of vermin. never encountered anything that gave me pause abou tusing the grain.

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but, Are those Food safe? Could they be used to transfer running to boil kettle from mashtun?

Back On Topic. I've also been looking into this as I want to start crushing my own this year and buying in Bulk. Stackable buckets seem to be the nicest solution for me.
Yep, they are marked with "HDPE" and the number 2 inside the hippie triangle. Can't remember which thread, but someone even got HD to contact their supplier and check...and their supplier said they were indeed food safe. Not sure I'd put hot stuff inside an orange pigment bucket tho .
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