Category Archives: Storage

Homebrew Storage Options! – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME + Limited Time DEAL

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.


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10Pack 5 Gallon Mylar Bags for Food Storage via Amazon – Thanks to HBF Reader Steve for this photo!  Let’s be friends!  8 Ways to Connect with HBF

Large Mylar Bags

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  • 10.5 MIL EXTRA THICK MYLAR BAGS : SENDGREEN mylar bags for food storage are made of food-grade materials that are safe and eco-friendly, Durable, and Tasteless. Made with premium quality aluminum foil in a silver color with a thickness of 10.5 mil. Mylar Bags are 5 GALLON in volume (17.5" x 27.2")
  • LONG TERM & DURABLE : These Mylar Bags boths sides are designed with aluminum foil thickened reinforcement, Heat sealing preserves mylar vacuum seal bags for longer time. Top quality smell proof bags,And mylar storage bags edge are designed of arc and don't easy to hurt your hands
  • LIGHT PROOF, RESEALABLE & STRONG ZIPPER : Protect goods from light exposure, moisture and degradation.With ultra thick 10.5 mil mylar bags provides durability and puncture resistance, the zip lock design can be used repeatedly, which is convenient for foods that are often eaten.These Mylar Bags for Long Term Food Storage as dehydrated food, freeze dried products, rice, beans, nuts, candies, spice, cookies, small items, pet food & etc.
  • LONG TERM STORAGE BAGS – With the thickness of 10.5 mil and dual seal feature you can trust these Mylar bags for your long term storage solution to optimize your space, without any fear of quality degradation of your supplies or these bags, as they have a promising shelf life of 25 years.
  • QUALITY ASSURANCE - We take pride in the superior quality and unmatched resilience of our mylar bags. If you are not satisfied with anything,please contact us and we will correct it and do better

From HBF: 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.

 

Mylar bags generally have low oxygen permeability and block light. You can store hops, other brewing ingredients and more in Mylar bags. Check out my techniques for sealing (smaller) Mylar bags using traditional vacuum sealers.

Steve’s picture above shows about 25 lbs of malt in these 5 gallon bags.

As of this update these have dropped to $15.99 at Amazon. 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

10Pack 5 Gallon Mylar Bags for Food Storage and Labels (16 PCS) Total 10.5 Mil 17.5×27.2″ Thick Food Grade Zipper Resealable Large Mylar bags and Heat Sealable for Long Term Food Storage SENDGREEN – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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.

Search Food Grade Bucket on Amazon

Related: Tip: Get Food Grade Buckets for Cheap – or free

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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24 Compartment Tuff Tainer [Brewery Organization & Small Parts Storage] – $4.64 + free prime ship

4007 Tuff Tainer - 24 Compartments (Includes (12) Zerust dividers)

4007 Tuff Tainer – 24 Compartments (Includes (12) Zerust dividers)

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

  • SMART DIVIDER SYSTEM: This tackle storage box offers customization options with 12 adjustable dividers that can create up to 24 different compartments. This ensures quick compartmentalization of your storage space.
  • ZERUST ANTI-CORROSION TECHNOLOGY: Exclusive VCI formula infused into the dividers releases a corrosion inhibiting vapor that forms a protective layer on metal to stop rust in extreme marine environments.
  • LASTING RUST DEFENSE: The proprietary Zerust formula inhibits electrochemical reactions that cause rust & corrosion. Provides up to 5-years of protection to keep tackle rust free season after season.
  • EASY IDENTIFICATION DESIGN: The Tuff Tainer Divided is made with a translucent plastic lid and base for convenient identification of the contents inside, even when closed. Designed with the fisher in mind for quick and organized baiting.
  • SPECIFICATIONS: This Tuff Tainer fishing tackle box measures 11″ L x 7.25″ W x 1.75″ D. Includes 12 Zerust dividers. Proudly Made in the U.S.A.

 

Use for storing and organizing small parts and pieces [like keg o-rings] around your home brewery and beyond.

8/6 2:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $4.64. 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

4007 Tuff Tainer – 24 Compartments (Includes (12) Zerust dividers) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Zinsser 30″ Wallpaper Prep Tray [cleaning, sanitizing and storage]… $6.79 + free prime ship

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray

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  • Perfect for helping prepare and organize items during wallpapering
  • Dual use tray can be used for holding water or wet paper
  • Extra wide 30″ frame allows for quick work with easy dipping
  • Extra durable construction features crush resistant corners
  • Comes in an attention catching color for easy locating during work

From HBF: 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. prod:B000RXA8IY

 

I use a wallpaper tray to clean and sanitize longer items like racking canes, auto-siphons, spoons, tubing and beverage out dip tubes.  It works great.  These also work well for storing longer items.  If you’re going to store things in these, I would recommend stacking a couple together to give them some extra strength.

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

8/5 4 PM Central: These are selling for just $6.79. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

10 x 5 Gallon Resealable Mylar bags – Grain Storage… $15.99, $1.60 each + free prime ship

10Pack 5 Gallon Mylar Bags for Food Storage – Thanks to HBF Reader Steve for this photo!  Let’s be friends!  8 Ways to Connect with HBF

Large Mylar Bags

More Info
Highlighted Features
  • 10.5 MIL EXTRA THICK MYLAR BAGS : SENDGREEN mylar bags for food storage are made of food-grade materials that are safe and eco-friendly, Durable, and Tasteless. Made with premium quality aluminum foil in a silver color with a thickness of 10.5 mil. Mylar Bags are 5 GALLON in volume (17.5" x 27.2")
  • LONG TERM & DURABLE : These Mylar Bags boths sides are designed with aluminum foil thickened reinforcement, Heat sealing preserves mylar vacuum seal bags for longer time. Top quality smell proof bags,And mylar storage bags edge are designed of arc and don't easy to hurt your hands
  • LIGHT PROOF, RESEALABLE & STRONG ZIPPER : Protect goods from light exposure, moisture and degradation.With ultra thick 10.5 mil mylar bags provides durability and puncture resistance, the zip lock design can be used repeatedly, which is convenient for foods that are often eaten.These Mylar Bags for Long Term Food Storage as dehydrated food, freeze dried products, rice, beans, nuts, candies, spice, cookies, small items, pet food & etc.
  • LONG TERM STORAGE BAGS – With the thickness of 10.5 mil and dual seal feature you can trust these Mylar bags for your long term storage solution to optimize your space, without any fear of quality degradation of your supplies or these bags, as they have a promising shelf life of 25 years.
  • QUALITY ASSURANCE - We take pride in the superior quality and unmatched resilience of our mylar bags. If you are not satisfied with anything,please contact us and we will correct it and do better

From HBF: 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.

 

Mylar bags generally have low oxygen permeability and block light. You can store hops, other brewing ingredients and more in Mylar bags. Check out my techniques for sealing (smaller) Mylar bags using traditional vacuum sealers.

Steve’s picture above shows about 25 lbs of malt in these 5 gallon bags.

8/5 3:30 PM Central: These have dropped to $15.99. 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

10Pack 5 Gallon Mylar Bags for Food Storage and Labels (16 PCS) Total 10.5 Mil 17.5×27.2″ Thick Food Grade Zipper Resealable Large Mylar bags and Heat Sealable for Long Term Food Storage SENDGREEN – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer [Preserve Hops & More] – on sale for $43.39 + Hands on Review

Inkbird VS-01, Photo from My Hands on Review

Inkbird Vacuum Sealer

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  • 【Free Complete Starter kit】This auto vacuum sealer machine With free start kit of five free vacuum bags and one rolls for food sealers vacuum packing machine.
  • 【Dry & Moist & Vac Seal & Jar Sealing Modes】---The vacuum air sealer machine kitchen appliance accessories provides more vacuuming modes for different kinds of food, choose an appropriate mode will make the sealed foods taste better. Press the stop button to stop vacuuming at any time and this will make it easier to control the vacuuming time according to the food type.
  • 【10X Longer Preservation】---The powervac vacuum sealers storage removes air from bags and seals them to keep foods fresh and extend the shelf life of them. The vacuum sealing machine preservation time is 10 times the ordinary preservation. Top cooking gadgets for food vacuum sealing.
  • 【11.8'' width Built-in Cutter and Esay to Clean】---The Inkbird food vacuum sealer customize a desired bag with the built-in cutter easily. Fits up to 11.8'' width sealer bags and rolls.
  • 【Wide Application&Simple Operation】--For this Meat/Fruit/Vegetable/Snack/Food Leftovers auto vacuum sealer kitchen accessories is easy to use and clean, simply vacuums and seals your food and other small staffs that you want to keep from oxidation. The -80kPa strong suction sealer makes it quickly to vacuum food packing and keep them fresh for a longer time, saves time and money for you.
  • 【What you get】--- Vacuum Sealer*1, Air Suction Hose*1, Sealer Bag*5 (8"*11.8"), Bag Roll*1 (8"*79"), User Manual*1, 12 Months Warranty

 

Why would you want a Vacuum Sealer for homebrewing?  Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

8/5 10:30 AM Central; This is on sale for $43.39. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Inkbird Vacuum Sealer Machine with Starter Kit, Automatic PowerVac Air Sealing Machine for Food Preservation, Dry & Moist Sealing Modes,Built-in Cutter,Easy Cleaning Storage with Sealer Bag*5 (8″*11.8″)and Bag Roll*1 (8″*79″) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

This sealer in action from My Hands on Review

LOCK & LOCK Storage Bins [Grain & DME Storage]

LOCK & LOCK Storage Bins Food Storage Container with Flip-top lids.

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  • BPA Free: Made from BPA free material that ensures containers to be safe and eco-friendly. Passed strict hygiene and safety tests of the US and German SGS.
  • Convenient to use: Can be used in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher (top rack only). Whether it is storing leftovers or packing lunch, Lock & Lock are convenient to use around the kitchen or for any other household needs. Wide variety of unique, stackable designs allows you to save space in your cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer.
  • Long-lasting: Our containers are made from high quality materials that makes them long-lasting, strong and durable. Cultivate a healthy lifestyle and save space, food and money by investing in some Lock & Lock containers

 

Use for grain, DME storage and more.

Lock & Lock HPL701 Easy Essentials Pantry Food Storage Container With Flip-Top Lid/Food Storage Bin With Flip-Top Lid – 6 Cup, Clear – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Hedpak HD5 Hedpak-5-Gal 5 Gallon Plastic Carboy, BPA Free, Food Grade

Hedpak HD5 Hedpak-5-Gal 5 Gallon Plastic Carboy with Handle-BPA Free & Food Grade

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  • 5 gallon plastic Hedpak Carboy with handle BPA free & food grade
  • High quality product
  • Manufactured in United States
  • Package dimensions: 15.0inches L x 9.8inches W x 9.6inches H

From HBF: 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.

 

Possible Homebrew Uses: Collect water on brew day, convert to a fermenter, use for grain storage.  I estimate 5 lbs of grain storage per gallon.  At that rate a 5 gallon container would hold about 25 lbs of grain.  This is an estimate.

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

Hedpak Hedpak-5-Gal 5 gallon plastic carboy with handle-BPA Free & Food Grade, White – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

10 x 5 Gallon Resealable Mylar bags – Grain Storage

10Pack 5 Gallon Mylar Bags for Food Storage – Thanks to HBF Reader Steve for this photo!  Let’s be friends!  8 Ways to Connect with HBF

Large Mylar Bags

More Info
Highlighted Features
  • 10.5 MIL EXTRA THICK MYLAR BAGS : SENDGREEN mylar bags for food storage are made of food-grade materials that are safe and eco-friendly, Durable, and Tasteless. Made with premium quality aluminum foil in a silver color with a thickness of 10.5 mil. Mylar Bags are 5 GALLON in volume (17.5" x 27.2")
  • LONG TERM & DURABLE : These Mylar Bags boths sides are designed with aluminum foil thickened reinforcement, Heat sealing preserves mylar vacuum seal bags for longer time. Top quality smell proof bags,And mylar storage bags edge are designed of arc and don't easy to hurt your hands
  • LIGHT PROOF, RESEALABLE & STRONG ZIPPER : Protect goods from light exposure, moisture and degradation.With ultra thick 10.5 mil mylar bags provides durability and puncture resistance, the zip lock design can be used repeatedly, which is convenient for foods that are often eaten.These Mylar Bags for Long Term Food Storage as dehydrated food, freeze dried products, rice, beans, nuts, candies, spice, cookies, small items, pet food & etc.
  • LONG TERM STORAGE BAGS – With the thickness of 10.5 mil and dual seal feature you can trust these Mylar bags for your long term storage solution to optimize your space, without any fear of quality degradation of your supplies or these bags, as they have a promising shelf life of 25 years.
  • QUALITY ASSURANCE - We take pride in the superior quality and unmatched resilience of our mylar bags. If you are not satisfied with anything,please contact us and we will correct it and do better

From HBF: 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.

 

Mylar bags generally have low oxygen permeability and block light. You can store hops, other brewing ingredients and more in Mylar bags. Check out my techniques for sealing (smaller) Mylar bags using traditional vacuum sealers.

Steve’s picture above shows about 25 lbs of malt in these 5 gallon bags.

10Pack 5 Gallon Mylar Bags for Food Storage and Labels (16 PCS) Total 10.5 Mil 17.5×27.2″ Thick Food Grade Zipper Resealable Large Mylar bags and Heat Sealable for Long Term Food Storage SENDGREEN – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Get a Deal on Bulk Grain

deals on sacks of malt

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Avid Armor, 2 Pack Vacuum Bag Rolls [Preserve Hops & More]

Assorted Vacuum Bag Rolls

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  • TWO FOOD SAVER BAGS ROLLS - 8" and 11" Widths a total of 100 feet make your vacuum sealer bags for food saving money and prevent freezer burn storing foods up to 5X longer
  • FLEXIBILITY AND CONVENIENCE - Using our vacuum seal rolls, make your vacuum sealer bag to length. Cut and seal, easy to use. Heavy duty replacement for Foodsaver, Seal a Meal and other vacuum sealer machine and systems.
  • FOOD SAFE VACUUM SEALER ROLLS - BPA Free for storing fresh or cooked foods in freezer, fridge, use in microwave, and sous vide cooking. Proven food vacuum sealer bags for your kitchen and fresh harvest.
  • WORKS WITH ALL VACUUM SEALER MACHINES - designed for use with all clamp type vacuum sealers and bag sealer machines.
  • PROFESSIONAL HEAVY DUTY QUALITY - 3 mil top panel, 4 mil embossed back panel for maximum protection. Cut to length your vacuum seal bags for food and other items to prevent spoilage and oxidation.
  • HOME PROCESSING VACUUM BAGS - Prefect for food storage, freezer storage, gardening, herbs, game meat processing and more. Protect your harvest!
  • GREAT VALUE and PERFORMANCE - Affordable, greater value! Total of 100 Feet of bag material. Use the 8" for individual portions including pork ribs and the 11" for bulk items.

 

Why would you want a Vacuum Sealer for homebrewing?  Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer Bags Rolls 11×50 and 8×50 Rolls 2 Pack Total 100 Feet for Food Saver and Seal a Meal Heavy Duty for Meal Prep, Freezer, Sous Vide Bags BPA Free Cut to Length Storage Bag – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

TWO x Extra LARGE 220 oz Airtight Containers [DME, Malt & Ingredient Storage]

2 x Large Airtight Food Storage Containers

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  • Superior Flour and Sugar Containers - 2 BPA-free food storage canisters (7.3 x 6 x 11.2 inches) with free measuring cups, chalkboard pen & 8 reusable labels allow you to organize your pantry like a pro. These large food containers in a beautiful box is an ideal gift
  • 4 Sided Lock Seal - These tall plastic food containers come with side-locking lids that ensure maximum freshness and prolonged food storage by sealing tightly. These airtight food storage containers will fortify your kitchen organization!
  • Versatile containers - These containers for organizing pantry are ideal for storing dry foods such as flour, brown sugar, rice, grain, chips, cereals, nuts, beans, snacks, pasta, coffee and tea. This canister set for kitchen counter is a luxury!
  • Space Saving Design - These durable bins are designed to minimize space.Stackable to fit in refrigerator, freezer or cabinets enabling you to get the kitchen organized freeing up space in the pantry. These clear containers are ideal pantry organizers
  • Our Promise - These containers for organizing are better than any sugar and flour storage canisters in the market. Your pantry organization and storage will be a breeze. As pioneers of pantry organization and kitchen storage products, we ensure that our beloved customers are provided with the best possible experience.

 

Use for grain, DME storage and more. 220 ounces is about 1.71 gallons.

Extra Large Tall Food Storage Containers 7 qt/ 220oz/ 6.5L, For Flour, Sugar, Rice – Airtight Kitchen & Pantry Bulk Food Storage – 2 PC Set – Measuring Scoops, Pen & Labels – Chef’s Path – note, different versions of this may be available, as such a different variation may show up at this product link