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Old 08-16-2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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I've been thinking about a bulk order of at least 2 row and maybe a bag each of a few other things to get a flat rate shipping deal. So far only a few folks local to me have shown interest for more than a few bags to offset shipping, so I thought about just getting myself several bags. Would using open head 55 gallon drums purged with co2 work for long term in my basement (<70 degrees, low humidity)? Or would a fridge or chest freezer be better? Second option nets me a keezer of course once I make room for some kegs.

How do LHBS or others store their grain to prevent mold, mildew, bugs, etc?


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Old 08-16-2008, 05:47 PM   #2
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I keep my grain in this: http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...uct%5Fid=31400. I just store it in the garage.

The LHBS in San Diego that I used to go to used to keep their grains in like 5 gallon buckets with lids similar to mine.

The Riverside Morebeer store just keeps their grain in generic rubbermaid containers. I think the humidity is really what you need to be worried about.


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cool and dry and unmilled are the requirements for long term storge
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So a normal Brute garbage can is good enough sounds like, I was figuring air-tight or close to it.
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My LHBS suggests putting grain in the freezer for 3 days, in fact he wont sell me a bag of grain that hasnt been in his freezer for 3 days. This will kill any bugs in the grain and then it should keep for a long time.
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I keep 50lb unopened sacks of unmilled grain in a cool dry basement area off the brewery. No problem storing them like that for months at a time.
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I keep my base grain in airtight animal feed storage bins I picked up from TSC and my specialty grains in Rubbermaid Storage containers that hold about 4 lbs a piece. I store the bins in the basement.

No problems with insects and you can't smell the grain at all.
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I will probably grab a few bags from the buy. Just need to work on basement for storage of them.
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I thought about using some Brute garbage cans. If we opted to buy an 1100 lb bag of bulk grain, not in 50 lb sacks, it would be quite a bit cheaper. I figure people can use heavy duty trash bags to weigh it out and store it, or bring drums or whatever other containers. I can see myself hanging on to 500 lbs myself since I brew 20-25 gallon batches most of the time, I end up using 40-50 lbs of 2 row per batch. I'll probably get bags of some other stuff also that I tend to use, and can weigh out what you guys want into ziploc bags or whatever. I'm thinking I might order in a month or so, and just have you guys come by and pickup whatever you want as needed. When we start running low I'll order again. I just can't see $57 a bag at BN making a lot of sense for me, and shipping is a killer for online orders.
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So this is what I'm thinking of getting at the very least as these are things I use enough to have in bulk. Anyone interested in any crystal malts or other stuff? BTW thats a gallon of Star San, can get more of that too.

Caramel Malt Pils B501 1 $45.10
Candaian 2 row 2002 10 $280.50
Wheat Malt 4074 5 $159.50
Flaked Wheat TW2 1 $30.25
Rice hulls BR1 1 $24
Star san STAR1 1 $29

+$185.22 freight


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