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MoreBeer Deal of the Day – 6 Gallon Food Safe Bucket – $9.99 + free ship eligible, limited availability

Plastic Bucket - 6 gal. FE340

6 Gallon Food Grade Bucket from MoreBeer

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A food-grade six gallon plastic bucket perfect for all kinds of home beer or winemaking activities. Plastic buckets are often used as a fermenter, bottling bucket, or even sanitizer bucket. We go through thousands which helps keep our price down. If you want to use it as a fermenter you will also need to pick up the optional lid, stopper, and airlock. This bucket is also available in a version that includes a spigot (see recommended products below).

If you use this plastic bucket for fermentation be sure to use care when cleaning. Do not use any abrasive pads that would scratch. Once you get a scratch in a plastic bucket it is very hard to sanitize.  This is also why we don’t recommend storing equipment in a bucket between uses as a fermenter. A hot PBW soak is often a perfect way to clean a bucket, followed by a Star San soak for killing bacteria.

Bucket has external volume markings up to 5 gallons.

  • Buckets are translucent and do not come with lids.
  • Buckets are not designed to hold pressure.
  • Lids are not gasketed and so do not always form a perfect, airtight seal. Not intended for long-term storage.
  • Food grade up 180°F.

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $9.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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Plastic Bucket (6 Gallon) FE340

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Plastic Bucket Fermenter With Spigot – 7.9 Gallons (30 L) FE357 – Check product page for current price & availability

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100 x Vacuum Sealer Bags by Avid Armor – preserve hops & more – on sale for $11.97 + stacking 10% off coupon

100 Pint Vacuum Sealer Storage Bags 6 x 10 Inch Size for Food Saver, Seal a Meal Sealers, BPA Free, Heavy Duty Commercial Grade, Sous Vide Vaccume Meal Safe, Universal Pre-Cut Bag Design Avid Armor

100 Pint Vacuum Sealer Storage Bags by Avid Armor.

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  • AVID ARMOR 100 PINT 6 x 10″ PRE-CUT VACUUM STORAGE BAGS – heavy-duty premium alternative to Foodsaver, Seal a Meal and other brand name food vacum seal bags. Excellent quality, economically priced
  • WORKS WITH ALL VACUUM SEALER MACHINES – Designed to work with all clamp-type suction vac heat food sealer machines. Easy to use precut food sealer bags. Save time versus cutting and sealing rolls. A Food & Money Saver
  • FOOD SAFE – BPA Free material for storing fresh or cooked foods in freezer, microwave, and sous vide vaccume cooking
  • POPULAR PINT SIZE STORAGE BAG- 6×10 Inch Pre-cut bag to fit a variety of foods and kitchen household items. Perfect for single or small sized portions like beef sticks, jerky and other processed smoked foods
  • HEAVY DUTY COMMERCIAL GRADE QUALITY – Designed with 3 mil front panel, 4 mil embossed back panel keeping food extra fresh with no freezer burn or dehydration. Increase food shelf-life by 3 to 5 times

 

Use to store hops, other brewing ingredients and more.

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Van Ness 10 Pound Food Container [Grain Storage] – $9.88

Van Ness 10-Pound Food Container with Fresh-Tite Seal (FC10)

Van Ness 10-Pound Food Container with Fresh-Tite Seal (FC10)

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  • Ideal for owners of small dog’s and cat’s who want to store 10-pounds of pet food
  • Fresh-tite seal ensures your pet’s food will stay fresh longer reducing spoilage due to pests and moisture
  • Made from united states food and drug administration approved plastic for food contact

 

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HBF Readers Save More! Extra Savings on Avid Armor Vacuum Bags

100 Pint Vacuum Sealer Storage Bags 6 x 10 Inch Size for Food Saver, Seal a Meal Sealers, BPA Free, Heavy Duty Commercial Grade, Sous Vide Vaccume Meal Safe, Universal Pre-Cut Bag Design Avid ArmorPictured: 100 Pint Vacuum Sealer Storage by Avid Armor

  • As of this post coupon code 10HOMEBREW takes an additional 10% off all Avid Armor vacuum sealer bags at Amazon
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  • Use to store hops, other brewing ingredients and more.

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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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  • 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.

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Gamma Seal Lids – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage] – $9.99 + free prime ship

Gamma Seals Airtight & Leakproof Lid

Gamma Seal Lids by Gamma2

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  • Gamma Seal Lids: Turn any standard utility bucket into an airtight storage container. Great for storing pet food, livestock feed, charcoal, smoke chips and more. Fits 3.5 – 7 gallon buckets.
  • Lock In Freshness: Gamma Seal Lids can be used to turn any 3.5 to 7 gallon standard bucket into an airtight pet food storage container; Great for storing cat and dog food, cattle feed, birdseed, charcoal, and more
  • Food Safe: Made with heavy duty BPA free HDPE Plastic. Safe to store pet and human food as well as other household items.
  • Gamma2: Keep dry dog and cat food fresh with our collection of airtight food containers; We have wall mounted containers, travel, pantry, and kitchen containers, plus larger containers for large dogs and horses

 

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 an estimate and will vary.

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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

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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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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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AmazonBasics Vacuum Seal System [Preserve Hops & More]… $33.80, best price + free shipping

AmazonBasics Vacuum Seal System, Black

AmazonBasics Vacuum Seal System by AmazonBasics

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  • Vacuum sealer appliance with selectable modes for wet or dry food
  • Effectively vacuum seal pre-made meals, produce, meat, dry goods, and more for preservation and freshness
  • Safely preserves frozen meat up to 3 years and refrigerated items for weeks
  • Includes air suction hose and 16 foot roller bag; LED process indicator lights
  • Built-in cutter creates custom bag sizes for easy storage and waste reduction
  • Backed by an AmazonBasics 1-year limited 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.

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SIX x 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets + Lids [fermenters, grain storage & more] – Made In USA – $48.99, $8.16 each

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid - Set of 6 - Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail - Food Grade - Plastic Container

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 6 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Plastic Container

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  • Set of 6 – 5 Gallons in Volume – Food Grade HDPE Plastic – BPA Free
  • 90 Mils Thickness (.09 inches) – All Purpose – Heavy Duty
  • Metal Handle with Plastic Grip
  • Lids Included
  • Made in USA

 

Possible uses: Convert for use as a fermenter (does not include lids), as a bottling bucket, for grain storage and around the brewery cleaning and storage.  A note about grain storage capacity: My estimate for storage of unmilled malt is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate, a 5 gallon bucket holds about 25 lbs.  That’s a rough estimate.  Actual storage capacity will vary.

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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.