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One of my favorite recent purchases was a large heat-tolerant gallon pitcher like this one at Amazon. Marked at 1/8 gallon (1/2 qt) for measuring and useful for vorlaufing, too.
For vorlauf and xferring water, I use a 2 qt. plastic pitcher which you can see below. I also use a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup for pulling gravity and pH samples.
I just use a 2 qt rubbermaid pitcher. Seems to do just fine for re-circulation wort.
I just use a regular pyrex glass one. I wouldn't want to use metal, because I sometimes put it in the microwave to bring the mash temp up a bit.
There's no need to worry about pre-boil sanitation other than just generally use a clean mash tun etc.. contamination would have to occur post boil of your wort.
I would recommend using wine must buckets, you can normally find them for a few bucks and some of them are compatible with Gamma Seal Lids. These will help with storage, but you should aim to go through your supplies within 12 months of manufacture.
Most maltsters ship their grains in bags that are not air-tight, but they don't recommend storing them for long periods of time (12 months, max). A plastic jug isn't as air-tight as it seems because it is gas permeable. Even if it was air-tight, it wouldn't matter unless you used nitrogen or CO2 to flush-out all oxygen from the container. Nobody really ...
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