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Old 08-19-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default SW Chicago and Burbs - Bulk Grain Offer

Hi, I live in Oak Lawn on the southwest side of greater Chicago-land. Today, I took another trip to Mid-Country Malts and got three 55 lb. bags of malt. They are all from Gambrinus: Organic Pilsen, Organic Munich, and Organic Wheat. One of the reasons I buy in bulk is so that I can do organic brews.

While I will definitely use them all up, this afternoon it occurred to me that I might be able to do some of my fellow brewers a service by offering to split them. The cost was $0.88/lb. for the Pilsen, $0.89/lb. for the Munich and $0.97/lb. for the wheat. It is unground - you are welcome to use my grinder.

Here's some notes from the Mid-Country site, just for kicks . . . .

Gambrinus Malting Corporation has the distinction of being the smallest malting house in North America. The company produces approximately 6,200 US tons of malt each year at its malthouse.

The malthouse originally belonged to the Schlossquell Brewery of Heidelberg, Germany. In 1992 the malthouse was dismantled and shipped to Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada where it still resides today producing some of the finest Canadian 2-Row malts available.

Gambrinus Pilsen (1.3-1.8°L)
An excellent choice for brewing light lagers and Pilsner type beers, this malt is low in total protein and high in extract.

Gambrinus Munich Light (Munich 90) (9.5-10.5°L)
This sweet, mellow Munich malt is designed to produce amber beers or traditional Munich style beers with well-balanced malty characteristics.

Gambrinus Organic Malts
Produced from Certified Organic Canadian 2-Row Barley and Wheat, Gambrinus Organic malts are ideally suited for Organic beers of all types.

I work in the city so might also be able to arrange to drop some off in the city, also. Otherwise, you would come to my home to pick up (and time permitting, perhaps share a homebrew). If you are interested, reply to this thread or send me a pm.

Cheers!

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Where is Mid-Country located? I'd be interested in buying bulk from them myself at those prices.

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Where is Mid-Country located? I'd be interested in buying bulk from them myself at those prices.
Their warehouse is in South Holland (about 167th Street and Halsted) in the far south suburbs. The Country Malt Group

You look at their price book online (its a pdf file) then call the toll free number and place your order. Then go out to the warehouse in South Holland to pick it up.
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Thanks. I concidered buying from you, but a drive to Chicago for 10-20 lbs of grain isn't worth it. Plus, I'd go through that grain in 1-2 batches.

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Thanks. I concidered buying from you, but a drive to Chicago for 10-20 lbs of grain isn't worth it. Plus, I'd go through that grain in 1-2 batches.
I agree - driving from Rockford would make no sense at all. As I said in the OP, if this helps someone, great - if not, then I will definitely use the grain!
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Hey Jim! I might take a small amount of that off your hands! I'll PM you once I figure out what I need. I get all my base grain from Mid-Country. I'm low right now and need to make another trip over there, but my time is tight right now. Your offer might tide me over until then. Thanks!

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Sounds good, Rhoo - got your pm and replied.

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I gotta get down to Mid Country at some point. They open during the weekends?

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No idea. But you can't just show up - it's a warehouse where they ship out to breweries in the Midwest, not a homebrew store. For example, they don't start to give a quantity discount until you agree to buy 1,000 lbs. Look at their website, download their price booklet, call the number to place your
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No. M-F, 8-5.
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