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Hands on Review: Vittles Vault Stackable Storage Bins for Homebrew Grain Storage!

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Vittles Vault Storage Bins

Gamma2 as a company is 100% dedicated to their mission of designing and providing pet food containers to animal owners (technically they also care about your dog getting out of the pool, as they make a doggy pool exit ramp). But, that doesn’t mean these “pet food containers” can’t be co-opted for homebrewing. The same characteristics that make them ideal for pet food, also make them ideal for malt storage.

Vittles Vault 60-lb Container

I’ll go through a few storage basics for malt. First, you want to store it uncrushed, so that the husk helps keep the good stuff inside protected from the environment. Cracked grain kernels are more enticing to critters, and opens up the endosperm to fast staling. Beyond that, grain wants to be kept at cooler room temperatures (40 – 60F), dry, away from light, and in an airtight environment. Maltsters range in the max recommended storage time, with most in the 12-18 months range, and some up to 24 months. When you buy grains by the 55-lb sack, most will put a “best by” date on the label, since you don’t know how old it is before you get it. Although you can save money by buying grains in bulk, you need to make sure you have the right throughput to use it up before it stales.

Lid o-ring Out of Groove on Right Side

Gamma2 has a number of different types and sizes of storage containers. All are designed to be airtight, so they keep air from getting in and staling your grains when you’re not scooping it. (Which of course, the same thing can’t be said for that 55-lb sack of grain you’ve got in the corner, with a stretch of duct tape over the hole you cut into it…) The lid design is how they achieve this air-tightness. There’s a compliant o-ring that’s held in a groove on the lid which gets compressed down onto a chamfered face on the body of the container to make the seal. As the threaded lid gets screwed down, the o-ring will get squished to block off the air-leak path past the lid.


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Vittles Vault Airtight Storage Bin (15 lb size, ~23 lb malt storage capacity) [Grain Storage]… $10.82 + free prime ship & Reader Photo

15 lb Capacity Vittles Vault Container.  Vittles Vault containers are very popular for bulk grain storage.

They are.. made from FDA approved food grade plastic and are airtight.  Lock down double gaskets, easy spin on an off lid and molded handles.

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Airtight
  • Heavy Duty
  • Easy Spin On / Off lid
  • Lock-Down Double Gaskets
  • Molded handles for easy grip

 

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “malt” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

From what I’ve gathered this has a 4.5 gallon capacity.  Not 100% sure if that’s right, but my estimation for unmilled grain storage capacity is 5 lbs/gallon.  At that rate, a 4.5 gallon container could hold about 22.5 lbs of malt.  That’s a rough estimate.  Actual capacity will vary.

3/5/21 3 PM Central: This has dropped to just $10.82. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Gamma2 Vittles Vault Plus for Pet Food Storage – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Thanks to Twitter Follower @chillindamos for this photo –  The 50 lb size stacked with two 15 lb capacity containers

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Vittles Vault Outback 35 lb Airtight Storage Container [Grain Storage] – $20.75 + free prime ship & Related Review

Vittles Vault Outback 35 lb Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

Vittles Vault Outback 35 lb Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • AIRTIGHT PET FOOD CONTAINER: This pest-proof pet food container for dry food keeps food fresh with our patented airtight sealing system that locks moisture out. Design is stackable for space efficiency. Includes scoop
  • FOOD STORAGE CONTAINER: The pet food pail is made of food-grade, BPA-free HDPE plastic that won’t shatter if dropped & can be kept in garages, barns & outdoors. Perfect for dry food, treats, bird seed & horse feed
  • AIRTIGHT ENGINEERING: Our Gamma Seal technology makes for a controlled moisture balance & features a threaded locking system with reliable double gaskets for freshness & controlled moisture
  • MADE IN AMERICA: GAMMA2, Inc. created & patented an airtight container in 1989 & has always been committed to manufacturing in the USA. Our storage containers provide a solution in pet food staleness & ensures dry pet food stays fresh & protected from pests
  • GAMMA2: Dog & cat dry food stays fresh & nutritious with our collection of airtight food containers. Features wall mounted containers, travel, pantry & kitchen containers & larger containers for large dogs & horses
  • Pet Food goes stale Gamma2 keeps your food fresh
  • Airtight seal keeps food fresh

 

The Vittles Vault line of stackable containers are very popular for bulk grain storage.

They are food grade and airtight.  They have a large easy access opening and the ability to stack makes them space efficient.  Heavy Duty construction and easy spin off and on lid.  Lid features lock-down double gaskets.  The body includes molded handles for easy carrying.  Made from FDA approved Food Grade Plastic and BPA Free.

The 35 lb size is listed as having an 8.5 gallon capacity.  My rule of thumb for unmilled grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate, this would hold about 42.5 lbs of grain.  That’s a rough estimate.  Actual storage capacity will vary.

3/5/21 11 AM Central: This is on sale for $20.75. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Vittles Vault Outback 35 lb Airtight Pet Food Storage Container – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Homebrew Storage Options! – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

When it comes to storing grain and DME, we’re concerned about keeping 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 for Grain Storage – Pros and Cons

Pictured: Food Grade Buckets via Amazon

Buckets are one of the most basic and popular options out there and for good reason.  They are generally easy to source, well made and cheap.  Food safe options are also easy to find.

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Grain Storage Capacity Estimations

My rule of thumb for grain storage capacity is about 5 lbs per gallon for unmilled malt storage.  That’s a rough estimate, actual storage capacity will vary.  A 5 gallon bucket holds about 25 lbs Two buckets = a 50 lb bag.  Two 6 gallon buckets would comfortably hold a 55 lb bag.

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Vittles Vault Airtight Storage Bin, 15 lb [Grain Storage] + Related Review & Reader Photo

15 lb Capacity Vittles Vault Container

The Vittles Vault line of stackable containers are very popular for bulk grain storage.

They are food grade and airtight.  They have a large easy access opening and the ability to stack makes them space efficient.  Heavy Duty construction and easy spin off and on lid.  Lid features lock-down double gaskets.  The body includes molded handles for easy carrying.  Made from FDA approved Food Grade Plastic and BPA Free.

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • AIRTIGHT PET FOOD CONTAINER: This pest-proof pet food container for dry food keeps food fresh with our patented airtight sealing system that locks moisture out. Design is stackable for space efficiency. Includes scoop
  • FOOD STORAGE CONTAINER: The pet food pail is made of food-grade, BPA-free HDPE plastic that won’t shatter if dropped & can be kept in garages, barns & outdoors. Perfect for dry food, treats, bird seed & horse feed
  • AIRTIGHT ENGINEERING: Our Gamma Seal technology makes for a controlled moisture balance & features a threaded locking system with reliable double gaskets for freshness & controlled moisture
  • MADE IN AMERICA: GAMMA2, Inc. created & patented an airtight container in 1989 & has always been committed to manufacturing in the USA. Our storage containers provide a solution in pet food staleness & ensures dry pet food stays fresh & protected from pests
  • GAMMA2: Dog & cat dry food stays fresh & nutritious with our collection of airtight food containers. Features wall mounted containers, travel, pantry & kitchen containers & larger containers for large dogs & horses

 

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “malt” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

From what I’ve gathered this has a 4.5 gallon capacity. My estimation for unmilled grain storage capacity is 5 lbs/gallon.  At that rate, a 4.5 gallon container could hold about 22.5 lbs of malt.  That’s a rough estimate.  Actual capacity will vary.

Gamma2 Vittles Vault Plus for Pet Food Storage – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Thanks to Twitter Follower @chillindamos for this photo –  The 50 lb size stacked with two 15 lb capacity containers

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Gamma Seal Lids in Blue – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage] – $9.99, select colors + free prime ship, volatile

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Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • The food-grade seal is crafted from BPA-free plastic; it’s safe for human and food and dry dog, cat and other pet food; fits standard 12 inch buckets
  • Keep pets fed with fresh food & water with a variety of our products; check out our airtight dry food storage containers, bowls for kennels, gravity water bowls, automated food bowls and travel accessories
  • Dog & cat dry food stays fresh and nutritious with our collection of airtight food containers
  • Petmate makes a variety of pet products for dogs, cats, chickens & other small furry friends; check out our brands such as Aspen Pet, Arm & Hammer, Booda, Chuckit, Jackson Galaxy and more
  • Keep food fresh; transform any bucket into a resealable storage container with this heavy duty airtight lid with a leak-proof design that’s easy to open; HDPE-free; Made in America.

 

Gamma Seal Lids [Hands on Review] are a great upgrade to standard buckets.  You attach the base of the unit to the bucket and leave that intact.  The lid screws on and off easily.  No more prying lids off.  These are also airtight.  I use buckets with Gamma Seal Lids as my primary storage for bulk grain and recipe kits.

How much grain can you store in a 5 gallon bucket?  My rule of thumb for grain storage capacity is 5 lbs per gallon.  With that estimate a  50 lb sack of grain fits in (2) 5 gallon buckets.  That’s a rough estimate, actual storage capacity will vary.

Gamma Seal Lids are available in a variety of colors and quantity offerings – Search Gamma Seal Lids on Amazon to shop around

3/1/21 8 AM Central: These are selling for $9.99 in select colorsgre. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderNote: This is available in multiple colors, pricing has been volatile. When one option drops to $9.99 it seems to bounce back up fairly quickly..,. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

The Gamma Seal Lid, Blue – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Homebrew Storage Options! – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

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IRIS Airtight 32.5 Quart Container [~40 lb Capacity Grain Storage] – $19.99 + free prime ship

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Container

IRIS Airtight Container

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Plastic airtight pet food container is the ideal solution for storing dog or cat food, other pet food, and more
  • Pet food bins have airtight seals and snap lock latches to keep out moisture and pests for secure dry food storage
  • 32. 5 quart storage container provides plenty of food storage room
  • BPA free rolling storage bins come with casters for easy mobility
  • Dimensions: 14. 57″L x 13. 77″W x 15. 31″H

 

This has a stated 32.5 quart capacity.  My rule of thumb for unmilled grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  32.5 quarts is 8.125 gallons.  At 5 lbs per gallon an 8.125 gallon container would hold about 40.625 lbs of grain.  That’s a rough estimate based on an assumed capacity.  Actual storage capacity will vary.

What are others saying? Search this product’s amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

3/1/21 2:30 AM Central: This is selling for $19.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Container – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Storage Options! – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

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IRIS Airtight Container [25 to 40 lb Capacity Grain Storage]

IRIS Airtight Container.  Rated for 25 lbs of pet food.  BPA free.  Airtight.  Clear sides so you can see what’s inside.  Casters to help you move it around.

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Airtight seal and snap lock latch keep out moisture, humidity, and pests
  • Tapered container makes it easy to scoop out pet food
  • Holds up to 25-lbs dog food, 22-lbs cat food, 40-lbs of bird seed or 55-lbs cat litter
  • Includes 4 wheels for easy mobility
  • Dimensions: 14.7″D x 13.75″W x 15.37″H (NO wheels)
  • Made in the USA with BPA-free material
  • The dimensions mentioned without (wheels)

 

According to specs on the manufacturer’s website model #MP-350/SKU 300570 has a capacity of 32.5 quarts.  32.5 quarts = 8.125 gallons.  My rule of thumb for unmilled grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate this would hold about 40.6 lbs of grain.  That’s a rough estimate based on an assumed size, actual storage capacity will vary.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

IRIS Nesting Airtight Pet Food Container, Large – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

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Set of SIX Containers – up to 121.8 Ounces [grain & dme storage] – $22.99 + free prime ship, $3.83 per container, w/coupon

ME.FAN Food Storage Containers [Set of 6] Airtight Storage Keeper 3.6L(121.8oz)-1.6L(54.1oz) with 24 FREE Chalkboard labels Ideal for Sugar, Flour, Baking Supplies - Clear Plastic with Blue Lids

ME.FAN Food Storage Containers [Set of 6] Airtight Storage Keeper 3.6L(121.8oz)-1.6L(54.1oz) with 24 FREE Chalkboard labels Ideal for Sugar, Flour, Baking Supplies – Clear Plastic with Blue Lids

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  • ☆ PREMIUM QUALITY + DURABLE: ME.FAN food storage containers made of premium food grade plastic materials, BPA Free, FDA approved, no smell and use securely. After many experiments, the durable plastic containers can be used for a long time, easy to wash and dishwasher available, good for you and your family.
  • ☆ LARGE STORAGE SIZE + MULTI USE: Meet all your storage needs with the set of 6 large storage containers, included 2X3.6L(121.8oz)-7.48’’X4.92’’X6.3 + 4X1.6L(54.1oz)-4.92’’X3.15’’X6.5’’. The set of containers are perfect for all shapes, sizes, and volumes, make efficient use of every inch of your home kitchen, are suitable for baking supplies, cheerios, oats, pasta, cereal, rice, flour, sugar, coffee, tea, snacks, nuts, fusilli, macaroni even pet food, crafts or anything you need store.
  • ☆ SECURE SEALING LID + KEEP FOOD FRESH: 4 side-locking lids with blue silicone gasket make these storage containers tightly and airtight, will protect your food from air and water while keeping it fresh, prevent liquid food from spilling. You can store away your food without worrying about anything entering into them.
  • ☆ SEE-THROUGH + STACKABLE DESIGN: The clearly containers body provide a clear view that you can see what the contents are without the need of tags and notes. These containers also have a stackable and modular design, will save you a ton of space in your pantry fridge, freezer or cabinets for better kitchen organization.

 

Use for grain, DME storage and more.

2/26/21 4 AM Central:  These are selling for just $25.99.  Click on “Save an extra $3.00 when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $22.99.  That figures to just $3.83 or so per container.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

ME.FAN Food Storage Containers [Set of 6] Airtight Storage Keeper 3.6L(121.8oz)-1.6L(54.1oz) with 24 FREE Chalkboard labels Ideal for Sugar, Flour, Baking Supplies – Clear Plastic with Blue Lids – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

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Reader Tip: 65 Quart Airtight Storage Container [80+ lb grain storage capacity]… $21.99 at Chewy

Thanks to HBF Reader David for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Frisco Airtight Food Storage Container, Clear/Black By Frisco

Frisco 65 quart container via Chewy.

This has a stated 65 quart capacity.  My rule of thumb for unmilled grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  65 quarts is 16.25 gallons.  At 5 lbs per gallon an 8.125 gallon container would hold about 81.25  lbs of grain.  That’s a rough estimate based on an assumed capacity.  Actual storage capacity will vary.

As of this posting, Chewy has this for just $21.99.  Shipping is free to many US addresses with a $49 order.

Frisco Airtight Food Storage Container, Clear/Black By Frisco

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