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Gamma Seal Lids – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage]… $5.51 – w/targeted 40% Off Subscribe & Save Coupon

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Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2


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

  • Keeps food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents
  • Easy spin on/off lid

“Transform your bucket into an easy opening, airtight, pest-proof storage container with the universal Gamma Seal Lid. When attached to virtually any 12″ diameter bucket (3.5- to 7.0 gallon), the Gamma Seal Lid provides airtight protection for the contents—excellent for literally thousands of storage applications. The resilient elastomeric gaskets keep air and contaminants out, while protecting the contents. Stackability is also a handy feature! The Gamma Seal Lid is available in a variety of food-grade colors for safe storage.”


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 others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brewing”

11/17/19 5 PM Central:  This has dropped to $9.19.  As of this posting, Amazon is offering a whopping 40% discount with Subscribe & Save.  Just click on Subscribe & Save and check the 40% off coupon box.  Note that Subscribe & Save Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.  That makes this just $5.51.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses.

Applies to first Pet Food Subscribe & Save Orders only… “40% off first Pet Food Subscribe & Save Order,  40% extra savings on the first order, applied at checkout. Coupons may be subject to a maximum dollar value, which will be reflected at checkout if applicable.”  See product page for current details and availability.  Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Gamma Seal Lid


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

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

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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, Cons and Capacity Estimates

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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.

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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TWO x 17 Gallon Utility Tubs with Rope Handles [ice beverages, swamp chiller]

Homz Plastic Utility Tub with Rope Handles, 17 Gallon, Cobalt Blue, Set of 2

Homz Plastic Utility Tub with Rope Handles, 17 Gallon, Cobalt Blue, Set of 2

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

  • 17 gallon capacity
  • Rugged plastic material with rope handles withstands indoor and outdoor use
  • Multiple tubs nest together for easy storage
  • Makes a great party cooler or ice chest
  • Set includes TWO plastic utility tubs. Made in the USA

 

You could use this to ice beverages, collect and dispose of spent grain, for general storage around the brewery or, depending on your fermenter, as part of a swamp cooler setup for fermentation temp control.

Homz Plastic Utility Tub with Rope Handles, 17 Gallon, Cobalt Blue, Set of 2 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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

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Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2


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

  • Keeps food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents
  • Easy spin on/off lid

“Transform your bucket into an easy opening, airtight, pest-proof storage container with the universal Gamma Seal Lid. When attached to virtually any 12″ diameter bucket (3.5- to 7.0 gallon), the Gamma Seal Lid provides airtight protection for the contents—excellent for literally thousands of storage applications. The resilient elastomeric gaskets keep air and contaminants out, while protecting the contents. Stackability is also a handy feature! The Gamma Seal Lid is available in a variety of food-grade colors for safe storage.”


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 others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brewing”

Gamma Seal Lid


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

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

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Hands On Review: Gamma Seal Lids for Homebrew Grain Storage

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Buckets are… Good for Grain Storage

Buckets are cheap and efficient containers for storing bulk homebrewing malts.  They are generally sturdy and cost effective.  Since they stack, they are also space efficient.  Search Amazon for “food safe buckets”

How Much Grain Can You Store in a 5 Gallon Bucket?

My general rule of thumb for unmilled malt storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  That means a 5 gallon bucket would hold about 25 lbs.  Two x buckets would hold a full 50 lb bag of malt.  That’s a rough estimate.  Actual storage capacities will vary.

The Problem… Lids

I’ll group standard bucket lids into two categories.

  • First… relatively easy to install and remove and…. questionable on air-tightness.  No o-rings or gaskets.  They go on fairly easy and come off relatively easy.  Sometimes too easily, I’ve had this style pop off on their own.
  • Second… sturdy, airtight lids… that require the power of Thor to remove.  These are gasketed and seal well but are tough to remove.  They’re so hard to remove, they make tools to do it.  If you’re stuck with these lids, those are worth a look.  Search Amazon for “bucket lid opener” to see what’s out there.

The Fix… Gamma Seal Lids!

High quality, gasketed lids do exist for 5 gallon buckets.  The problem with these lids is… they are usually difficult to remove, sometimes very difficult.  The revolutionary thing about Gamma Seal lids is that the ring stays installed on the bucket.  That ring is used in conjunction with an easy to remove spin off lid that features airtight seals.  Airtight + Easy to Use = Whammo!

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

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Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma


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

  • Airtight seal protects the contents
  • Easy spin on/off lid/bucket not included
  • Keeps food fresh

The White Gamma Seal Lid converts plastic 3.5 to 7 gallon buckets into airtight storage containers. This works well for storing everything from food such as rice and flour, pet food to paint and shop needs. Anything you want to keep fresh and airtight will be well stored in a bucket with a Gamma seal lid. The patented Gamma2 Seal Lid uses two gaskets to assure an airtight and leak-proof seal. The Gamma seal lid is proudly made in the USA from BPA free, FDA approved food grade plastic.


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 others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brewing”

The Gamma Seal Lid, White


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

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

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TEN x 5 Gallon Heavy Duty, Food Grade Buckets [fermenters, grain storage & more]

5 Gallon Heavy Duty White Plastic Bucket, 10-Pack - Argee RG5700/10

5 Gallon Heavy Duty White Plastic Bucket, 10-Pack – Argee RG5700/10

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

  • Excellent option for food storage and emergency kits when used with the gasket lids
  • Holds up to 5 gallons, 12 inch diameter
  • White pail is food-safe and non-toxic
  • Made in the USA
  • Can be used to store items for human and animal consumption
  • Excellent option for food storage and emergency kits when used with the gasket lids
  • Holds up to 5 gallons, 12 inch diameter

 

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 Gallon Heavy Duty White Plastic Bucket, 10-Pack – Argee RG5700/10


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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.

Bayou Classic 2.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Beverage Bucket

Bayou Classic 4825 Stainless Beverage Bucket, 2.5-Gallon

Bayou Classic 4825 Stainless Beverage Bucket, 2.5-Gallon

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

  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • 2.5 Gallon Capacity
  • Carry Handle
  • No Assembly Required

The Bayou Classic 2. 5-Gal stainless beverage bucket keeps your favorite beverages deliciously chilled in style. From casual to elegant entertaining, Bayou Classic understands the importance of presentation. Either way, Bayou beverage buckets create the perfect display of frosty beverages for any event.


 

This is intended to be used as a beverage for icing down beverages at get-togethers and such.

You could also use this as a general purpose bucket.  Some people are looking to get as much plastic out of their process as possible.

Bayou Classic 4825 Stainless Beverage Bucket, 2.5-Gallon


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Bucket Lid Opening Tool – $2.87 + free prime ship

5 Gallon Bucket Lid Opener.  Buckets are an economical way to store grain and more.  Lids can be difficult to pry off.  This tool helps with the task. Note that this is designed for use with standard-type bucket lids and may not work well with thin-lipped style lids used on some fermetenters.

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.

8/18/19 6 PM Central: This is selling for $2.87. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

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5 Gallon Heavy Duty, FOOD GRADE Bucket AND Lid [about 25 lb grain storage capacity]

5-GALLON WHITE ALL PURPOSE Durable Commercial Food Grade Bucket With LID

5-GALLON WHITE ALL PURPOSE Durable Commercial Food Grade Bucket With LID

Note from HBF: Possible homebrew applications… Use as a fermenter or bottling bucket or use for grain storage.  If you’re looking to convert to a fermenter, search Amazon for food grade airlock grommets.  If you’re wanting to use these for grain storage, my estimate is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate, a 5 gallon bucket holds about 25 lbs of grain.  Grab two if you’re looking for enough room to store a full 50 lb sack.  This is an estimate.

5-GALLON WHITE ALL PURPOSE Durable Commercial Food Grade Bucket With LID


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