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I currently only stock Fawcett pearl malt in bulk but planning on adding Pilsner and us 2-row. I currently keep in a large Rubbermaid bin, in its original sack, in my living room. My wife puts up with the one but if I’m going to add two more I’m going to have to move them to the basement. Just wondering what others do to store their bulk grains.
 

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I've been using Home Depot buckets with their matching lids, never had a grain bug here, and no stale grain.
In AL, I worry as much about humidity as I do with bugs. I would think SC would be in the same boat. The gamma lids are moisture-proof. With the regular lids, I'd worry about grain spoilage or something funky growing on my grain (e.g., mildew, fungus, etc.). Maybe I'm over-concerned, but the gamma lids are only $15-20 and last forever.
 
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In AL, I worry as much about humidity as I do with bugs. I would think SC would be in the same boat. The gamma lids are moisture-proof. With the regular lids, I'd worry about grain spoilage or something funky growing on my grain (e.g., mildew, fungus, etc.). Maybe I'm over-concerned, but the gamma lids are only $15-20 and last forever.
My buckets are stored inside the house, the AC takes care of humidity. Never had spoilage in 15 odd years of brewing. HD buckets have a large o-ring seal.

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Any suggestions for storing specialty grains (3-10#)? Some of these will sit on my shelf a longer than base grains.
 

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I like the ideas of Vittel V, but I'm over buying more HB crap. I use the largest Rubbermaid containers I could find. They will hold multiple sacks and I fill in the headspace with all the specialty grains in vacuumed sealed bags. I leave my base grains in their original bags and twist the tops down to remove the air. I use a ziptie to hold it in place. They are strong enough to stack, so I have 4 that hold all my grain. I'd like to find me some vacuumed seal bags large enough for my batches. Would be great to weigh out recipes and just seal them up. Oh to brew those small 5 gallon batches again.
 

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I use rubbermaid gasketed dog food containers. I think 60#. I have one I dump a bag of base malt in and another I keep bags of specialty malts. Never had a bug issue. A mouse got to the sample of planting barley I got stored in an open container above them, but they weren't touched.
 

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FWIW, bugs (weevils) aren't any fault of a container. They come from egg's attached to grain kernels, generally laid there prior to you receiving them. So your choice of container has little to nothing to do with you getting them or not.
 
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Anyone ever try space bags for grain storage. They do seal pretty well. Using a shop vac may not work as well as traditional vacuseal product, but I think it would help. Any thoughts? The grain dust might cause an issue with the one way valve. That could be reduced by keeping it in the grain sack.

This has probably been discussed already.
 

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Any suggestions for storing specialty grains (3-10#)? Some of these will sit on my shelf a longer than base grains.
I use a Vittle Vault and there's plenty of room for that amount of grain in separate bags. I just throw the bags with my 60L, torrified wheat, etc in on top of the 2-row. 55# of barley minus 10-14# for your first batch leaves plenty of space.
 

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How about the 3 and 5 gallon leaktite screw top lids at Home Depot?Bucket Companion 5 gal. and 3 gal. Screw Top Bucket Lid in Black-LD5GRLBK006 - The Home Depot
only $7.35 plus bucket.
Looks like a "Gamma Seal" competitor.

Same thing, different brand at Lowes for $7.58.

I've seen many mention Mernards on this forum. The Gamma Seal brand is only $6.97 from them.
https://www.menards.com/main/grocer...-gamma-seal-reg-lid/4122p/p-1527143413204.htm

For what ever reason, they look to cost a little more on Amazon.

And another tip, its the same lid used on the Vittles Vault. So, its a solid solution no mater where you get the lid. I personally like the 5 gallon buckets due to their size and stack-ability. They are small enough that I can easily move them to get to what ever grain I'm after. I dont need to have access to the inside when another bucket is stacked on top.

For smaller specialty grains, I just keep them in the bag from the LHBS and store different type in a single bucket. If I brewed more often, I might opt for some smaller buckets of common specialty grains but so far just keeping them in one bucket has been fine. I also keep my DME in the things. Keeps it dry!

They have worked great for me. I highly recommend it.
 

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Love my food saver and the gamma seal lids. I use them on 5 gal buckets kept in basement pantry. One for 1-5 lbs bags. Bulk grains get poured into another two. I use regular lids for vac sealed small portions of specialty grains, herbs, spices, DME, sugars and coffee beans. An organized brewer is a happy brewer.
 

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FWIW, bugs (weevils) aren't any fault of a container. They come from egg's attached to grain kernels, generally laid there prior to you receiving them. So your choice of container has little to nothing to do with you getting them or not.
Agreed. I went the 5 gallon food grade bucket route with gamma seal lids for 3 new sacks of grain. All six buckets were stored in my pantry that stays at 70F. I used about 20 lbs of grain “V” before storing it for about 2 months until y next brew day only to be greeted by a weevil infestation in the two buckets of remaining “V” grain. I frantically panicked and checked all my other grain buckets (before checking the food in my pantry, haha) they were all fine. I dumped 30 lbs of grain and don’t buy “V” brand anymore.
 
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