Buying first 50 bag o' grain - please share how you store yours.

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I'm buying a 50 of two row. I have a Food Saver vacuum sealer. I was thinking about splitting into 5 pound bags using the Food Saver and storing in freezer.

Is that ok, or are there other viable methods? Just wanting to hear thoughts from those that bulk buy.

I don't have a ton of space at home. Some in a basement freezer over the fridge, and I could put some in the keezer set at 39 with the kegs.

A buddy has a chest freezer I could get some space in if it is best to freeze it all (based on my reading so far I think that is the best plan).

Thank you for your thoughts.

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I put mine in a big tupperware in the garage. No need to freeze it unless you plan on taking years to use it all.
 

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Don't freeze un-crushed grain, put it in a couple of 5gal homer buckets with lids or the like. Keep it dry and it'll be just fine.
 

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Don't put it in the keezer! Way too much moisture. Rubbermaid or sealed bucket in a cool basement should be perfect.

How often do you brew? A 50# sack should last 5-10 batches, depending on recipe.
 

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I leave mine in the bag they came in, tucked under my laundry room counter to keep the cat out, and I just twist the top shut, expel as much air as possible and seal with a bit of twine twisted around and tied.

No problems over the course of ... 7 sacks? Something like that...longest one stored this way has been maybe 6 months now and zero issues, no bugs, etc.

Keep it simple :)
 

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Or similar. Original grain bags in the tote, tote in the basement. I was nervous about that at first but I opened the tote when we moved this weekend and the grain smelled sooooo fresh and delicious. Kyle
 

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I keep my 50# 2 row and a bunch of single pound specialty grains in a big rubbermaid tub with lid. Like others, no problems.
 

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I use cat litter buckets that come with 27 pouns of litter. They will hold about 18-19 pounds of 2-row just fine, so three buckets will easily hold the entire 50 pound sack. These are heavy HDPE buckets, I just snap the lid on and store them in the basement until I'm ready to mill. The unmilled grain will keep in these just fine.
 

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I just keep mine in a metal trash can inside of the bag it came in. The metal will discourage any critters coming and eating up my grains.
 

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Stop by Lowe's and buy a few of their $4.00 food grade white 5 gallon buckets and a gasketed lid for each one for another $1.00. Each bucket holds exactly 25 pounds of uncrushed grain and is essentially airtight. I typically keep 300+ pounds on hand and store it like this. Works great!
 

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I keep unopened bags in my spare room/garage thing. Opened bags go into a big Tupperware container but is still left out. Summers get really hot here but I don't have space in the house. I have only had a problem with weevils when I had some grain in there that was really old, like 3 years old. Call me gross but there wasn't too many and they got ground up and made some good beer :).
 

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2.5 gallon ziplock bags. The heavy duty kind with the actual "zipper" 50 pound sack splits into four bags.

No need for food saver.
 

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Yep, rubbermaid see through bins, and then individually in Gallon? ziplock bags which I pre-measure into 5lb increments. Makes it nice to grab two bags plus specialty grains and your good to go.... I have a nice bakers rack that keeps all my brew ware and ingredients on. Makes me happy seeing it fully stocked!
 

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stop by lowe's and buy a few of their $4.00 food grade white 5 gallon buckets and a gasketed lid for each one for another $1.00. Each bucket holds exactly 25 pounds of uncrushed grain and is essentially airtight. I typically keep 300+ pounds on hand and store it like this. Works great!

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You can easily vacuum pack 10 pounds of grain in a single bag made from the large size roll. I order 50 pounds when I need grain. 10 pounds for the current brew and 4 ten pound bags for the shelves in the basement.

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