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Hands on Review: IRIS 5 Quart Storage Boxes for Brewery Storage & Organization

Organizing Your Home Brewery

When I first started home brewing, I sourced several large totes to store and organize my gear and supplies.  I quickly learned that these consumed too much shelf space and were inefficient for the kind of things I wanted to organize.  Beyond that, it was hard to find things.  The sides were not clear and they were big enough that I had to do a lot of searching and digging around.

Next I moved to shoe box sized containers with clear walls.  I found these to be much better for organizing my home brewery.  They were small enough that I could use dozens of them, labeling each for easy identification.  They stacked and the lids were easy to get on and off.  I still keep a few larger totes for larger items, but much of my homebrew gear is in shoe box sized containers.

Here’s what I look for in these sorts of containers…

  • Clear – I want to be able to see in the container without opening it up.
  • 5 to 6.5 quarts or so
  • Easy snap on lids – I want lids to go on and come off easily.  For this application, I’m not looking for airtight
  • Stacking.  I want these to stack to save space.
  • Nesting.  When not in use I want to be able to nest these to save space.

Hands on Review IRIS USA, Inc. CNL-5 Storage Boxes for Homebrew Organization

The 20 boxes and lids that I received.  These stack for efficient storage when not in use.A look at the lid, these easily snap on and off.  They are clear, which is an improvement compared the other style that I use.


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

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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TWENTY x IRIS 5 Quart Storage Boxes [Brewery Storage & Organization] + Hands on Review

iris 5 quart storage boxesIRIS USA, Inc. CNL-5 Storage Box, 5 Quart, Clear, 20 Pack – Photo via My Hands on Review

IRIS USA, Inc. CNL-5 Storage Box, 5 Quart, Clear, 20 Pack

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

  • Plastic bin with lid is the simple, space-saving storage solution great for organizing any area of the home
  • Snap-tight lid keeps storage container contents secure
  • Stackable design of plastic container allows for efficient use of storage space
  • Ultra-clear plastic storage allows for quick identification of contents
  • Dimensions: 12. 88L x 7. 50W x 4. 50H

 

Use for around the brewery storage and more.  These have clear sides so you can see what’s inside, they feature a stackable design and snap tight lids.

I use dozens of similar types of storage totes for storage and organization in my home brewery.  I’ll group related things together and label the box so I know what’s what.  See my Hands on Review of these containers.

IRIS USA, Inc. CNL-5 Storage Box, 5 Quart, Clear, 20 Pack – note that multiple sizes and variations may be available, as such a different product may show up at this link


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Two XL, 7 Quart Airtight Containers – [grain & dme storage]

XXL 7 qt / 6.5 L Food Storage Airtight Pantry Containers [Set of 2] WIDE & DEEP + FREE 2 Measuring Cup + 18 Labels & Marker Ideal for Sugar, Flour - Clear Plastic - Leakproof - BPA Free

XXL 7 qt / 6.5 L Food Storage Airtight Pantry Containers [Set of 2] WIDE & DEEP + FREE 2 Measuring Cup + 18 Labels & Marker Ideal for Sugar, Flour – Clear Plastic – Leakproof – BPA Free

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  • KEEP PANTRY STAPLES ORGANIZED – With Easy to Handle Large Size White Feather Supplies 2 Container Set. Meet all your storage needs with the set of 2 large storage containers, included 2X6.5L(220oz) 11.2 Height X 6.8 Width X Length 6 inch . With Our Innovative Design White Feather Container Set Is The Perfectly Designed Plastic Food Storage Container Solution For Keeping Food Fresh and Dry.
  • BPA-FREE, ABS & SAN PLASTIC CLEAR CONTAINER – Food Grade Plastic, Clear Containers Make Identifying and Locating Content Easy. MEASURING CUPS INCLUDED – 250 cc (1 Cup | 8 Fl Oz. | 250 mL) Scoop/Measuring Cup Perfect for Coffee, Pet Food, Grains, Protein, Spices and Other Dry Goods (Pack of 2) BPA FREE – Graduation Marks on Each Scoop, Make Measuring Easy Taking The Guess Game out of Your Life. Measurements in ML.
  • SPACE SAVER, LARGE, WIDE AIRTIGHT, MODULAR DESIGN, DISHWASHER SAFE – Remove those bags and boxes of pasta, cookies, chips, baking supplies, etc. and put your ingredients into Modular White Feather Containers whose space efficient design maximizes shelf space. Lids Snap Tight for a Secure Airtight Seal to Help Keep Items Fresh.
  • SECURE SEALING LID + KEEP FOOD FRESH: Safe 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 Safely Store Away Your Food Without Worrying About Anything Entering Into Them.
  • FREE LABELS & MARKER – Want To Mark Your Container Content ? We Got You Covered. Included with your Purchase Eighteen High quality waterproof labels made from superior VINYL, matte texture with a crisp clean. Just Write, Peel and Stick that its ! Marker Included!

 

Use for grain, DME storage and more.

XXL 7 qt / 6.5 L Food Storage Airtight Pantry Containers [Set of 2] WIDE & DEEP + FREE 2 Measuring Cup + 18 Labels & Marker Ideal for Sugar, Flour – Clear Plastic – Leakproof – BPA Free – 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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Two XL, 7 Quart Airtight Containers – [grain & dme storage]

XXL 7 qt / 6.5 L Food Storage Airtight Pantry Containers [Set of 2] WIDE & DEEP + FREE 2 Measuring Cup + 18 Labels & Marker Ideal for Sugar, Flour - Clear Plastic - Leakproof - BPA Free

XXL 7 qt / 6.5 L Food Storage Airtight Pantry Containers [Set of 2] WIDE & DEEP + FREE 2 Measuring Cup + 18 Labels & Marker Ideal for Sugar, Flour – Clear Plastic – Leakproof – BPA Free

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

  • KEEP PANTRY STAPLES ORGANIZED – With Easy to Handle Large Size White Feather Supplies 2 Container Set. Meet all your storage needs with the set of 2 large storage containers, included 2X6.5L(220oz) 11.2 Height X 6.8 Width X Length 6 inch . With Our Innovative Design White Feather Container Set Is The Perfectly Designed Plastic Food Storage Container Solution For Keeping Food Fresh and Dry.
  • BPA-FREE, ABS & SAN PLASTIC CLEAR CONTAINER – Food Grade Plastic, Clear Containers Make Identifying and Locating Content Easy. MEASURING CUPS INCLUDED – 250 cc (1 Cup | 8 Fl Oz. | 250 mL) Scoop/Measuring Cup Perfect for Coffee, Pet Food, Grains, Protein, Spices and Other Dry Goods (Pack of 2) BPA FREE – Graduation Marks on Each Scoop, Make Measuring Easy Taking The Guess Game out of Your Life. Measurements in ML.
  • SPACE SAVER, LARGE, WIDE AIRTIGHT, MODULAR DESIGN, DISHWASHER SAFE – Remove those bags and boxes of pasta, cookies, chips, baking supplies, etc. and put your ingredients into Modular White Feather Containers whose space efficient design maximizes shelf space. Lids Snap Tight for a Secure Airtight Seal to Help Keep Items Fresh.
  • SECURE SEALING LID + KEEP FOOD FRESH: Safe 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 Safely Store Away Your Food Without Worrying About Anything Entering Into Them.
  • FREE LABELS & MARKER – Want To Mark Your Container Content ? We Got You Covered. Included with your Purchase Eighteen High quality waterproof labels made from superior VINYL, matte texture with a crisp clean. Just Write, Peel and Stick that its ! Marker Included!

 

Use for grain, DME storage and more.

XXL 7 qt / 6.5 L Food Storage Airtight Pantry Containers [Set of 2] WIDE & DEEP + FREE 2 Measuring Cup + 18 Labels & Marker Ideal for Sugar, Flour – Clear Plastic – Leakproof – BPA Free – 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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Cambro 6 Quart NSF Rated Food Safe Container

Cambro RFS6PP190 Camwear 6-Quart Round Food Storage Container, Polypropylene, Translucent, NSF

Cambro RFS6PP190 Camwear 6-Quart Round Food Storage Container, Polypropylene, Translucent, NSF

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  • Round food storage container
  • Made of polypropylene material
  • Use to store ingredients or transport ready-to-serve or partially prepared foods
  • Round shape promotes proper air circulation around the container
  • Comes in 6-quart capacity

 

Cambro RFS6PP190 Camwear 6-Quart Round Food Storage Container, Polypropylene, Translucent, NSF  – 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 in Blue – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage]

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Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2

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  • 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

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

Storage Options! – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

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Hands On Review: Winco 4 Ounce Stainless Steel Portion Cups – for Brew Day Measuring & Samples


I’ve long been an advocate of using these sorts of portion cups for homebrew-related tasks.  I’ve kept small (2 to 2.5 ounce) portion cups in my Brew Day Box for years.  See: Hands On Review: Stainless Steel Portion Cups – for Brew Day Measuring & Samples for a review of those.

When I ran across these larger 4 ounce cups at a great price, I picked them up to use around my homebrewery.

These are generally intended for serving condiments and small amounts of food.  Considering their size, materials and efficient design, they are also well suited for use on brew day and around the brewery.

You can use these to portion out hop additions and other boil additions and for pH and gravity sample containers.  These are a great size and don’t take a lot of room since they nest together.

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Cambro 6 Quart NSF Rated Food Safe Container

Cambro RFS6PP190 Camwear 6-Quart Round Food Storage Container, Polypropylene, Translucent, NSF

Cambro RFS6PP190 Camwear 6-Quart Round Food Storage Container, Polypropylene, Translucent, NSF

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

  • Round food storage container
  • Made of polypropylene material
  • Use to store ingredients or transport ready-to-serve or partially prepared foods
  • Round shape promotes proper air circulation around the container
  • Comes in 6-quart capacity

 

Cambro RFS6PP190 Camwear 6-Quart Round Food Storage Container, Polypropylene, Translucent, NSF  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Two x 6.5 Liter! Airtight Storage Containers by ME.FAN [grain & dme storage]

ME.FAN LARGEST Food Storage Containers [Set of 2] Airtight Storage Keeper 6.5L(219.8oz) Cereal Containers with 5 Set Measuring Cups 24 Chalkboard labels & Pen Ideal for Spaghetti, Sugar, Flour (Black)

2 x 6.5 Liter Airtight Storage Containers

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  • PREMIUM QUALITY + DURABLE→→ ME.FAN food storage containers made of premium food grade plastic materials, no smell, 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.
  • UPGRADE EXTRA LARGE STORAGE SIZE + MULTI USE→→ [[[ UPGRADE the food storage containers included 2 EXTRA large size 219.8oz]]] 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 spaghetti, 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→→ Side-locking lids with 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.

ME.FAN LARGEST Food Storage Containers [Set of 2] Airtight Storage Keeper 6.5L(219.8oz) Cereal Containers with 5 Set Measuring Cups 24 Chalkboard labels & Pen Ideal for Spaghetti, Sugar, Flour (Black) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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