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25% off Malt Extract at Label Peelers

Bulk Malt Extract

Label Peelers has discounted malt extract (both Liquid/LME and Dry/DME) by a generous 25%.  No coupon code is required.  The discount should be reflected on each product page.  Includes small offerings all the way up to bulk 50 lb bags.  Malsters include Alexander’s, Briess and Muntons.  Varieties include Dark, Light, Amber, PIlsen, Wheat, Munich and more.

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Full Bags of Malt from $66/Bag Shipped

Great Western Malting Grain Homebrew

Home Brew Stuff is offering free shipping on most orders of $59 or more.  That includes… full sacks of malt.

Note: Each product page prices malt by the lb.  Just add 50 lbs to your cart for a full bag.  That means 2 Row and Pale Malt are $66 per bag shipped.  Maris Otter is $75 and Much is $71.

As long as you’re above $59 you’ll get free shipping on grain.  That means you can get 1/2 bag of 2 Row and 1/2 Bag of Maris Otter and your order ships for free and you’re paying the same rate as full bag per lb price.

This includes, but is not limited to…

2 Row – 1.8L Great Western. A great base malt that can be used in single infusion mashes. Provides for a soft malt character in the finished beer. Used by a majority of the West Coast microbreweries as their base malt for multiple styles. This malt is also the first substitute for someone looking for 6-row malt.

Northwest Pale Malt – 2.6-3.0°L A slightly darker base malt than our Premium 2-Row, our Northwest Pale Ale Malt is produced from well-modified, Western-grown 2-Row barley, with a kilning regimen based closely on traditional British Pale Ale malting practices. Contributes a malty complexity to beer flavor and aroma. Excellent in American Pale Ales and American versions of British beer styles.

Crisp Malting Maris Otter – 3.5-4.5°L Maris Otter is an English 2-row varietal barley introduced in 1966 that was developed specifically to produce high quality malt for the production of ale. Its low nitrogen content, uniformly plump kernels, and robust husk has made it a favorite among English brewers for its reliable and forgiving brewhouse performance, and, most notably, because of the unique Maris Otter flavor it adds to the beer which may be absent in modern barley varieties grown for yield and ease of agricultural production. This fine base malt will easily convert with a single infusion mash, and produce an orange tinged golden wort with a unique rich, slightly nutty flavor. An excellent malt for any English style beer.

Munich – 8-10°L Great Western Munich malts are produced in the traditional European manner, using selected higher-protein 2-Row barleys, malted to achieve high levels of protein solubilization and color formation. Munich Malt can be used as a base malt for bock beer and doppelbock. Used in smaller quantities in Dunkel Lagers, IPAs, Ambers, and wherever increased malt flavor and aromas are desired, but without introducing caramel/crystal flavors. Can be used at 20%-70% percent of the grist.

Also: Full Malt Selection

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Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse – now Available on Kindle

Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse
Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse, is the fourth and final title in the Brewing Elements Series.

The print copy became available toward the end of last year.

malt by john mallet

I just noticed this tweet from Brewers Publications – connect with HBF on TwitterMalt is now available for the Kindle e-reader device.

Kindle Edition books can be viewed on your Kindle Device or on free reader applications available for your iPhone, Android or Windows smart phone – and  for your web browser via Amazon’s Cloud Reader.  This dynamic link will take you to the appropriate reader for your current platform.

Kindle: Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse

Paperback: Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse

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The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing) by John N Paragine

The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing)

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Maris Otter Malt Syrup – made with Crisp Maris Otter – on Sale

Maris Otter Malt Syrup

MoreBeer has all sizes of their Maris Otter Malt Extract Syrup on sale. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 lb sizes are available.  Shipping is free with a $59 order.

Check it out – Here

About: Maris Otter is an Heirloom malt that is world renowned for its deep, rich flavor. It is considered Heirloom because it is an old varietal whose production of 1.5-2 tons per acre is very low. By comparison, modern varietals produce up to 4 tons per acre. Why do farmers still grow Maris Otter when more modern, high producing, disease resistant varietals are available? Because Craft Brewers around the World are willing to pay a premium for the complex, authentic pub flavor that Maris Otter provides. Maris Otter is an English malt extract, and is perfect for all English style beers.

Why did we choose Crisp Maris Otter?
The Crisp malting company is the ony privately held malt house in England and has a 140 year history of producing some of the finest malts in the World. Its authentic, heirloom malts are prized by craft brewers worldwide who put flavor first. As the price of Maris Otter has risen, Crisp is also one of the only Malt Producers that makes a 100% Maris Otter malt with no other malts blended in.

Flavors & Styles
Now for the first time home brewers making a batch from malt extract have access to the toasted bread, nutty, malt flavors that have made Crisp Maris Otter malt famous. We love it in Pale Ales, Browns, Reds, Porters, Stouts, Bitters, Scotch Ales, and even special IPA’s! But feel free to use it any beer where complex malt flavors are appropriate. This extract will produce a pale to light amber beer by itself, if you wish to make darker beers you can steep crystal malts, roasted malts, or specialty malts before adding this malt extract. We love feedback! Come back and leave a review letting us know how you used it and what you think of the flavor.

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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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Corn Sugar

5 lbs of Dextrose Corn Sugar for $6.09.  That figures to just $1.22/lb.  Boost alcohol content or lighten beers or use as priming sugar.

815637 – Corn Sugar – 5 lbs. – $6.09

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