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Old 05-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Just picked up 55 lbs of DME. Anyone have any ideas on packaging this up.



 
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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I'd grab a FoodSaver and extra bags. Half 1 lb bags and the other half 2 lb bags.



 
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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Definitely get a Foodsaver vacuum sealer, but I would do 1lb and 3lb bags. You'll need to work in an area with low humidity because DME is very hygroscopic.

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Old 05-04-2013, 12:04 AM   #4
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Definitely get a Foodsaver vacuum sealer, but I would do 1lb and 3lb bags. You'll need to work in an area with low humidity because DME is very hygroscopic.
Ya what he said

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:08 AM   #5
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55 pounds of dme sounds like a sticky nightmare.

I don't see why you can't use the same food grade buckets with gamma lids that some guys use for grain. They should keep all the moisture out but you would have to be careful if you open them frequently. I store my dme for starters in tupperware and it works well.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #6
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I used zip lock bags recently. Gallon sized.

I wonder if the sugary dust would clog up the vacuum mechanism on a foodsaver.

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Old 05-04-2013, 12:38 AM   #7
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I used zip lock bags recently. Gallon sized.

I wonder if the sugary dust would clog up the vacuum mechanism on a foodsaver.
No, I use one to save and store left over DME and have had no problems.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:39 AM   #8
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No don't suck the air out. It will destroy the pump. U want to flatten it as much as possible then use the heat strip to seal.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:58 AM   #9
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No don't suck the air out. It will destroy the pump. U want to flatten it as much as possible then use the heat strip to seal.
This. ziplocs and use a heat clamp or curling iron to seal. tupperware works well too. keeping it in the deep freeze (no auto defrost) doesnt hurt either.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #10
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Did you get a REALLY good deal on it? I'm just trying to figure out why you would buy that much DME in one shot, unless you plan to use it all in the next year or so. DME does loose its freshness just not as fast as LME. You certainly don't have to justify yourself to me, I'm just curious.



 
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