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Old 03-19-2007, 07:28 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I am starting to buy grain in 50 pound bags just because I am brewing so much lately (woohoo!). I was wondering what you guys use to store grains other than keeping it in the bag. Right now I have two fermentation buckets holding grain, but I'm going to need a lot more buckets soon. Problem is, I don't want to spend too much money, and buckets from the hombrew store are too expensive. Any suggestions as to where I can get some cheap storage? Do I really need food grade buckets or can I just use big ol tupperware containers?

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Old 03-19-2007, 07:56 PM   #2
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Hello all,

I am starting to buy grain in 50 pound bags just because I am brewing so much lately (woohoo!). I was wondering what you guys use to store grains other than keeping it in the bag. Right now I have two fermentation buckets holding grain, but I'm going to need a lot more buckets soon. Problem is, I don't want to spend too much money, and buckets from the hombrew store are too expensive. Any suggestions as to where I can get some cheap storage? Do I really need food grade buckets or can I just use big ol tupperware containers?

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Home Depot sells their Homer buckets with lids for a few bucks. I got one that I use to sanitize bottles in.


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Old 03-19-2007, 08:05 PM   #3
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Try your local grocery or deli. They get many goods in food grade buckets and just toss them.
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Also, Tupperware food containers are food safe!

And fullstop is right- I got free buckets from the bakery in the grocery store. Frosting and peanut butter come in big plastic buckets with lids. Do NOT use pickle buckets, though- the smell never seems to come out!
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I go down to our local food coop for my buckets. They'll give away them 5 gallon buckets that the tofu comes in as well as the Feta cheese.
Storage in the 5 gallon buckets is sure to keep the mice out!
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Trash cans are the same stuff as buckets. Or, buy galvy cans?
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I bought my bottling bucket online from a place called Emergency Essentials (http://beprepared.com/). $8
I did my very first 1/2-batch, 14 years ago, in a bucket which originally had vanilla pudding in it, from a bakery. Free, of course.
BTW, it was a Scotch Ale and it came out great
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Trash cans are the same stuff as buckets. Or, buy galvy cans?
Trash cans are not always the same kind of plastic. Additionally, since they are not intended to come in contact with food products, the chemicals used in processing and coloring them are not tested to determine if they will leech from the product into your food.

I strongly suggest you avoid using plastics that are not designed for contact with foods.
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Home Depot sells their Homer buckets with lids for a few bucks. I got one that I use to sanitize bottles in.
I was in Home D last Sat. seems like the buckets were $4.9x w/o lid same type bucket at Wal Mart were $3 don't remember what the lid were I think $1.23 or so
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Do you have a mill? You'll need one if you're bulk-buying grains. How much do you figure you'll save by buying in bulk?


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