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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

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

  • 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.

5/5/21 11:35 AM Central: These are on sale for just $48.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

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

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

Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pet Food goes stale Gamma2 keeps your food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents

 

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.

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

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

4/29/21 7 AM Central: These are selling for $9.99 in select colors. 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

The Gamma Seal Lid, Orange – 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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MoreBeer 6 Gallon Bucket w/Spigot and Sediment Filter [Fermentation or Bottling] – $13.99, Limited Availability

Plastic Bucket - 6 gal. (With Spigot) FE345

6 Gallon Food Grade Bucket from MoreBeer.  Includes MoreBeer’s Sediment Block Spigot, which helps minimize trub uptake.  Spigot can be rotated up (if you use this as a fermenter) or down (if you use this as a bottling bucket).  Note that lids are sold separately.

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

A six gallon food grade bucket for fermentation or bottling with a built in spigot.  Outlet barb accepts 3/8″ ID vinyl tubing.  To use as a fermenter you will need to pick up the optional lid, stopper, and an airlock.  Includes our new Sediment Block Spigot, which will help minimize trub uptake as you rack after fermentation.  If using this as a bottling bucket, simply rotate the spigot to maximize product output.  Spigot includes gasket and sediment blocking lock nut and can easily be removed for cleaning and sanitizing.

If you use the 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.

Please note:

  • 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 to 180° F

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $13.99 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.

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Plastic Bucket – 6 gal. (With Spigot) FE345

Also Consider…. 

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

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Gamma Seal Lids – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage] – $9.99, select colors + Our Tips for Finding Cheap Buckets

Gamma2 Seal Lid

Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pet Food goes stale Gamma2 keeps your food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents

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.

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

4/17/21 1 AM Central: These are selling for $9.99 in select colors. 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

Gamma2 Seal Lid – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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

Tip: Getting Cheap Buckets!

Get Food Grade Buckets for Cheap – or FREE

Also: Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME | All Grain Tips & Gear

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SIX x 5 Gallon Food Grade, Heavy Duty 90 mil Buckets+Lids [fermenters, grain storage & more] – $48.99, $8.17 per set + free shipping

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid - Set of 6 - Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail - Food Grade - Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids - 6pk)

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 6 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids – 6pk)


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

  • Set of 6 – 5 Gallons in Volume – Food Grade HDPE Plastic – BPA Free
  • 90 Mils Thickness (.09 inches) – 14.5″ Height, 12″ Diameter
  • Metal Handle with Plastic Grip – Lid included
  • All Purpose – Heavy Duty
  • Made in USA

Potential uses: Convert to fermenters (search Amazon for food grade grommets) and for grain storage.  My general rule of thumb for unmilled grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate, these would each hold 25 lbs of grain.  That’s an estimate, actual capacity will vary.  Additional uses could include – assist with cleaning and sanitizing items and generally lugging stuff around.

4/9/21 8:30 PM These are on sale for $48.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 6 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids – 6pk) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: The Gamma Seal Lid – Gamma Seal Lids have an outer ring (that typically stays installed) along with a center section that spins on and off.  It’s airtight and easy to open and close.

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

  • 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.

4/7/21 8:30 AM Central: These are selling for $9.99. 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

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

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


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

Tip: Getting Cheap Buckets!

Get Food Grade Buckets for Cheap – or FREE

Also: Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME | All Grain Tips & Gear

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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Gamma Seal Lids – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage]

Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2

More Info

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pet Food goes stale Gamma2 keeps your food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents

 

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.

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

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

The Gamma Seal Lid, Orange – 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

More: Recent Amazon Finds

Get Food Grade Buckets for Cheap – or FREE

Bucket photo courtesy of MoreBeer – Search MoreBeer for “Bucket”  – For illustrative purposes, I’m not suggesting that you buy this.  Read the tip below.

Why Buckets?

Buckets are super handy around your home brewery and beyond.  Potential Uses: Convert to a Fermenter, Convert to a Mash Tun, Grain Storage, lugging around stuff on brew day, general storage, use to help with cleaning and sanitation.

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Gamma Seal Lids – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage] + Our Tips for Finding Cheap Buckets

Gamma2 Seal Lid

Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2

More Info

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pet Food goes stale Gamma2 keeps your food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents

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.

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

Gamma2 Seal Lid – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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

Tip: Getting Cheap Buckets!

Get Food Grade Buckets for Cheap – or FREE

Also: Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME | All Grain Tips & Gear

More: Recent Amazon Finds