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Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container – $14.39

Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container

Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container by Reliance

7 gallon capacity.  Space saving, stackable design.  Includes hand and spigot.  Five year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Possible homebrewing uses including collecting and transporting brew day water.

8/30/15 5 PM Central: These have dropped to $14.39.  That’s just $1.65 off the best historical Amazon price I found.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  I picked a couple of these up for use around the brewery.

Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container

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16 Oz Nalgene Containers… $2.99

Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Container

16 Oz Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Containers.  BPA Free.  Made from High Density Polyethylene.

8/30/15 12 PM Central: These have recently sold for as much as $9.15.  They have dropped to… $2.99.  That’s the best historical Amazon price I found.  Shipping is free as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Container, 16 Oz

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Reader Tip: 55 Quart Airtight Grain Storage

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Remington Airtight Pet Food Storage

Remington 55 Quart/13.75 gallon airtight storage bin.  4 casters for easy mobility.  Built in handle and lid latch.  BPA free.  Clear sides you can see level of contents.

Two 5 gallon buckets hold about 50 lbs of grain.  This is 13.75 gallons so it should hold a full bag of grain+.

Remington Airtight Pet Food Storage, 55-Quart

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Hands On: TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table

review TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Tabl

I picked up Trinity’s EcoStorage Stainless Table toward the end of 2014.  I wanted a sturdy, easy to clean table for around the brewery tasks and storage.  This table is all stainless construction, NSF certified, has 150 lb capacity per shelf, features adjustable feet levelers and the shelf is fully adjustable.  48″ wide, 35.5″ tall, 24″.

cln_img_9607NSF Certification sticker.  The stainless surface table top can be cleaned and sanitized.

cln_img_9610Trinity logo on the left side of the shelf

IMG_9603A look down the table.  This is between my tub sinks and a storage rack

review TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel TablA storage rack on the left and my Utilatwin sink on the right.  After adjustment, this ended up at a good height next to my sink.  A couple inches higher.  A good height to set things as they are cleaned.

cln_img_9630Works great with my Keg and Carboy Washer [Review].  It’s nice have an easily cleanable surface and having this right by my sink makes it easy to fill and empty things like the Carboy Washer.

I originally heard about this table from HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Jeff.  Jeff purchased it himself and shared some pictures and feedback  Thank you Jeff!

TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-InchReader Photo:  A picture of the table with a keggle on top for size reference.  Click the photo to enlargeTRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-InchReader Photo: Underside of the bottom of the table.TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-InchReader Photo: Bottle tree and bucket sitting on top.

from Jeff: “I’ve been looking for some stainless steel tables for months now, but I was very leery about cheap non-sturdy tables. After receiving my Trinity work table today there is no question in my mind that it is 110% restaurant quality stainless worktable. I couldn’t ask for a more sturdy table. I could easily stand on this table (at 200lbs) and feel secure, however the instructions say not to. To my surprise, as I was putting the table together (super simple) I flipped table over I noticed fantastic reinforcements on the bottom. I’ve attached a picture of both!”

Follow up from Jeff: “I’ve used my table consistently since purchase, multiple times a week for brewing, bottling, cleaning, food table for parties, etc. Six months later, there is no question in my mind that this table was worth every cent!”

from Stephen: “I have the 24″ model that I have turned into a grain milling station and have to agree these tables are AWESOME!”

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This is a well built heavy duty table.  The all stainless build also looks great.  I’m glad to have it for storage, as a general work area for brewing tasks and more.  This is a great table!

Although mine isn’t in my brewing area, this would also make a good brew day work table too.

TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-Inch

Also available in a smaller 24″ size…
TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 24-Inch

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Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

Homebrew Grain and DME Storage Options

When it comes to storing grain and DME, we’re concerned about keeping the ingredients fresh minimizing oxygen and moisture exposure.  We’re also interest in keeping Grain and DME away from possible pests.  Beyond that convenient access and efficient use of space are issues to consider.  This post also includes some tips and general sizing guidelines.

Buckets
Buckets are one of the most basic and popular options out there.

A 5 gallon bucket holds about 25 lbs of grain.  Two buckets = a 50 lb bag.  Two 6 gallon buckets would comfortably hold a 55 lb bag.

The advantage of these is primarily cost.  Note that some lids are not airtight.  The airtight or nearly airtight lids can be difficult to put on and take off.  Also, you will be carrying these.  Some of the other options have wheels for convenience.  Buckets are definitely a solid option for the price.

5 Gallon Bucket for Grain Storage

Emergency Essentials (beprepared.com) has a great selection of economical food safe buckets and lids.  They also offer economical tiered shipping that maxes out of $12.  That’s important because buckets are relatively large and can fall under more expensive dimensional shipping rates.

5 Gallon Food Safe Bucket and LId

6 Gallon Food Safe Bucket and Lid

These are stackable and include heavy weight lids.

From the description: “These buckets are different from what you will find at a hardware store. These are high quality, thick (90 mil) food grade plastic bucket, so there aren’t harmful chemicals that may affect your stored goods.”

Emergency Essentials Full Selection of Buckets and LidsShipping Rate Explanation

Buckets + Gamma Lids
Probably, the next step up is adding Gamma Seal Lids to your buckets.

These fit on standard 3.5 to 7 gallon buckets.  You attach the base of the unit to the bucket and leave that intact.  The lid screws on and off.  That fixes a couple of issues that buckets may have when used in conjunction with standard lids.  First, Gamma Lids are airtight.  Second, the lids screw on and off easily.  No more prying lids.

Gamma Seal Lids

Emergency Essentials stocks these as well with the same economical shipping.  They also offer bucket and lid combos that include Gamma Seals.

5 Gallon Bucket with White Gamma Seal Lid

6 Gallon Bucket with White Gamma Seal Lid Hands on Review

From Description of the 6 Gallon Version: “This stackable, food-grade plastic, six-gallon bucket comes with a re-sealable, screw-top Gamma Seal Lid. The Gamma Seal Lid is THE solution to accessible food storage. It transforms the 6-gallon bucket into an airtight and leak-proof storage container. The Gamma Seal Lid is interchangealbe for most 3.5 to 7 gallon buckets, including the 20 liter.” (keep reading)

Emergency Essentials Full Selection of Buckets and LidsShipping Rate Explanation

Gamma Seal Lids are also available via Amazon: Gamma Seal Lid – ASSORTED COLORS

Pet Food Style Containers
Now we transition into pet food-type containers.  These generally work great because they are typically food safe, designed to be airtight, the can have large capacities.  Some also have convenient features like easy access lids, see through sides and wheels.

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Storage Container 60-69 Qt

Airtight, Food Safe, Large Easy Access Lid, Clear Sides to Gauge Contents and Wheels.

The stated size of this container is 60 to 69 quarts.  60 quarts = 15 gallons.  At 5 lbs per gallon, this would hold 75 lbs of malt.  That means you can comfortably fit a 50 to 55 lb sack of grain in this container.

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Storage Container 60-69 Qt

Vittles Vault II  40-Pound Clear Base Cranite Top

Airtight, FDA Approved, Food Safe, BPA Free, Large Easy Access Lid and Clear Sides to Gauge Contents.  Made from heavy duty food grade plastic.

Vittles Vault II  40-Pound Clear Base Cranite Top

Bergan 50-Pound Smart Storage, Large - Color May Vary

Stackable, Airtight, Food Safe and Large Easy Access Lid.  Ability to access contents while stacked.

Bergan 50-Pound Smart Storage, Large – Color May Vary

Vittles Vault Stackable Container

Stackable, Airtight, FDA Approved, Food Safe, BPA Free, Large Easy Access Lid, Space Efficient, Made from high quality impact resistant plastic and pest proof.

Note: 40 lb rating is for pet food.  From what I’ve heard this will hold a full 50 lb bag of grain but not in the pictured orientation.  The back of the container must be down.  In that orientation they are not stackable.  If you’re buying and storing full sacks of grain, I recommend to the 60 lb version.

Vittles Vault Stackable 40 lb

Vittles Vault Stackable

Stackable, Airtight, FDA Approved, Food Safe, BPA Free, Large Easy Access Lid, Space Efficient, Made from high quality impact resistant plastic and pest proof.

All the advantages of the 40 lb Vittles vault with 50% more capacity.

Vittles Vault Stackable 60 lb

Buddeez 12-1/2-Gallon Roll-Away Pet Food Dispenser with Scoop

Airtight, FDA Approved, Food Safe, BPA Free, Large Easy Access Lid, Clear Sides to Gauge Contents and Wheels.

12.5 gallons.  At 5 lbs/gallon this should hold around 62.5 lbs of grain.

Buddeez 12-1/2-Gallon Roll-Away Pet Food Dispenser with Scoop

Buddeez 80-Quart Roll-Away Pet and Large Animal Food Dispenser with Scoop

Airtight, FDA Approved, Food Safe, BPA Free, Large Easy Access Lid, Clear Sides to Gauge Contents and Wheels.

At a whopping 80 quarts/20 gallons, this should hold approximately 100 lbs of grain!

Buddeez 80-Quart Roll-Away Pet and Large Animal Food Dispenser with Scoop

Other options
Some have mentioned using trash cans, totes and other similar types of containers.  Those may work for you, depending on your situation and the environment you’re in.  I have stuck to airtight options for this post.

Specialty Grain Storage

4 Gallon Bucket and Lid

4 Gallon Square Bucket and Lid.  Food grade, stackable and space-efficient.  Four gallons holds approximately 20 lbs of grain.

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Bergan 10-Pound Smart Storage, Small - Color May Vary

Airtight, lid snaps into place for pouring, easy access handle on bottom and no scoop is required.

Bergan 10-Pound Smart Storage, Small – Color May Vary

Buddeez 8-Quart Dispenser for Pet Food and Bird Seed

Airtight, BPA Free, Clear Sides, FDA approved food safe.  2 Gallon capacity should hold around 10 lbs of grain.

Buddeez 8-Quart Dispenser for Pet Food and Bird Seed

DME/Specialty Grain Storage
These containers should work for both specialty grains and Dry Malt Extract storage.

Rubbermaid Home Cereal Keeper Clear/ Red (1.5 Gal) - 1783748

Airtight, Food Safe.  1.5 Gallon Capacity.  1.5 US Gallons equates to 5.67 Liters.  My rule of thumb – More Info – is 1.25 lbs per liter.  That means this should hold approximately 7.09 lbs of grain.

Rubbermaid 5161-RD Cereal Keeper

Snapware MODS Medium Rectangle Storage Container 17 Cups

4 liter/17 cup capacity airtight, BPA free container from Snapware.  Holds 5 lbs of grain or 4.57 lbs of DME.  Check out my hands on review – Here.

Snapware MODS Medium Rectangle Storage Container 17 Cups

Airtight Medium Rectangle 23 Cup 8X6X9

5.44 liter/23 cup capacity airtight, BPA free container from Snapware..  This should hold around 6.8 lbs of grain.

Airtight Medium Rectangle 23 Cup 8X6X9

Vacuum Sealing
I use a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer for hop storage.  I also use it to store and preserve small amounts (1 to 2 lbs) of specialty grains.  I’ve even stored entire bags of grain in FoodSaver bags.  I don’t recommend that… but I’ve done it.

For smaller amounts of specialty grains I usually just put the whole bag of grains inside a FoodSaver bag and vacuum seal it.

Mason Jars

You can also use Mason jars along with your FoodSaver’s Accessory port to store grain.  Using my rule of thumb 1.25 lbs per liter, the half gallon size jars should hold around 2.36 lbs of grain and the quart jars should hold around 1.17 lbs of grain.  Mason jars are reusable, are oxygen impermeable and you can easily see the contents.

1/2 Gallon Mason Jars
Ace Hardware: Ball 64oz Wide Mouth Mason Jars (68100) – 6 Pack
Amazon: Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6

Quart/32 oz Jars
Ace Hardware: Ball 32oz Wide Mouth Mason Jars (67000)
Amazon: Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

FoodSaver Mason Jar Sealer
Jar sealers and caps come in two sizes to fit both wide mouth and regular mouth jars.

FoodSaver T03-0023-01 Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer

FoodSaver T03-0006-01 Regular-Mouth Jar Sealer

Storage Caps:
If you want or need to skip the FoodSaver part, Ball makes a storage cap.  That also comes in two sizes depending on jar size.

Mason Jar Storage Caps

Ball Plastic Storage Caps Wide Mouth

Ball Plastic Storage Caps Regular Mouth

FoodSaver:

FoodSaver V2244

This model includes an accessory port that’s required to use the Mason Jar sealing attachment.

FoodSaver V2244 Advanced Design Vacuum Sealer, Black

Storage Bags:

VacMaster Storage Roll, 8-Inch by 50-Feet Long, 1 Roll per Box

eBay is also a good source for discount vacuum sealer bags and rolls.  Rolls are particularly nice for grain as you can make bags to size.

Grain and DME Storage Rules of Thumb:

  • Grain weighs approximately 5 lbs per Gallon or 1.25 lbs per Liter – Justification
  • I estimate that DME weighs about 1.125 lbs per Liter

Milling Your Own Grain:
For all grain brewers, bulk grain storage may go hand in hand with milling your own grain.

Milling your own grain offers these advantages…

  1. Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.
  2. A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain.
  3. Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer. and…
  4. Mad street cred… :)

Related: Cereal Killer Grain Mill – $99.99 Shipped

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IRIS 301126 Pet Food Storage Combo

home.woot has an Iris Container and Scoop Combo.  You get a 25 lb container, a 10 lb container and a scoop for $18.99.

My rule of thumb on grain storage is 1.25 lbs per quart.  That’s based on a 5 gallon bucket holding about 25 lbs of grain.  The 25 lb IRIS is 33 Quarts.  I estimate that it will hold about 41 lbs of grain.  The 10 lb is 12 quarts.  I estimate that will hold about 15 lbs of grain.

Airtight, made of FDA compliant material, casters (on the larger container) allow you to easily move it around.  Clear sides so you know what’s in it.  Large easy access top.

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5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid - Set of 1 - Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail - Food Grade - Plastic

5 gallon (90 mil) food grade bucket and lid.  All purpose.  Heavy duty.  Made in the USA.

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 1 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Plastic

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