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    Spent Grain Bins

    Hey guys,

    We recently upgraded from a 1 barrel tun to a 3 barrel mash tun. The new mash tins about 3 feet off the ground, where the hold 1 barrel system had a tipping mechanism and was able to be dumped into a trash can. Any recommendations for a bin or way to remove grain through the man way on the new system? Thanks in advance.

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    We use a shovel on our 3bbl system into Rubbermaid trash cans. Very straightforward.
    Kevin Shertz
    Chester River Brewing Company
    Chestertown, MD

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    macro-bins are very nice. A little pricey, but they will last forever and are made for use with a forklift. They can hold about 1000 lbs or so of wet grain when full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChesterBrew View Post
    We use a shovel on our 3bbl system into Rubbermaid trash cans. Very straightforward.
    Right, what might different is my tuns manway is only 3ft off the ground. When I open the manway, I'm worried that a trash can tipped on its side won't be enough to catch all the grain. I routinely triple batched my 1 barrel system so I know I have about 2 and trash cans full of grain to catch when I open the manway.

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    Just grabbed a feed bin. Going to use that to catch the first bit and then shovel into trash cans. Should work fine.

    *Edit*

    There was absolutely nothing to worry about. I was worried the spent grain would be a little bit less stiff and spill all over the place. Feel kinda foolish now... oh well. At least it's not as bad as I thought it would be.
    Last edited by claponsie; 04-15-2016 at 11:30 AM.

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    At the 3bbl I work at, we have a similar setup with the mash tun manway only 2 feet up. we also have a kitchen and one day we had the bright idea to grab a big baking tray with sides on it to catch any spilled grain, slip that under the manway, and put our Rubbermaid trash cans on top of it.

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    grain removal

    Just adding my experience,
    I have a 5 BBL, 64" tall mash tun with no man way at all. I stand on a step ladder and shovel out 90% of it. Then I use a shopvac designed to fit on a 55gal barrel. Suck out the rest, rinse, scrub, and then vacuum until dry. Im down to 30 min total time per brew. I fill 2 55g drums per batch about 75% full.

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