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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New bins for bulk grain supply - coming soon!

Ever on the look-out for ways to improve Siciliano's, the boss & co. recently tackled the problem of the homebrew deparment's unwieldy grain bins.

So long, suckers!
By Steve Siciliano

While we are proud of the fact that we carry over seventy grains in bulk for our homebrew customers, we are decidedly not proud of the way they have been merchandised. When the grain bins are full they are difficult to move and those customers (and staff) who are shorter than six feet have a hard time muscling them down from the upper tier of shelves. After mulling over this problem for awhile I think we've finally come up with a solution—the Vittles Vault Stackable 60. (Click here to see a picture.)

These airtight, food-grade containers can hold up to sixty pounds of grain. We will use them to merchandise the specialty and flaked malts and will stack them only two high so there will be no more overhead reaching and scooping. We will also be placing our base malt containers on casters so they can be easily moved to the weigh station.

We hope to have these changes in effect by mid-February.


  1. I thought maybe we were going to stainless steel hoppers when I saw the title. They could minimize floor space, and maximize storage capacity. With a little window in the front to view the grain. - Jackson

  2. Sounds like a good idea... just wondering, are they BPA-free?

  3. Hi Jenn,

    Vittles Vaults are indeed BPA-free. Here's what we found on the manufacturer's website: "The Vittles Vault is manufactured from FDA approved high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is used throughout the human food industry. The gaskets are made from FDA grade styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), and are lightly lubricated with an FDA grade silicone." Does that answer your question? Let us know.



  4. I was looking at these for use at home ... cool!