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bniesen 10-13-2010 05:22 PM

Any homebrewers here from the Madison, WI area??
I reside in Verona WI and I am looking to go in on some bulk grain in the near future. I am looking for anyone in my area that would be interested in going in on some grains and perhaps for a brew session.

cactusgarrett 10-13-2010 05:50 PM

Try the Sewage group, too.

BSD_Glass 10-13-2010 11:52 PM

I'm in Madison
I'm a new brewer this year and am on my 12th AG batch. I also joined Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild and RIGHT after I joined (just before the Great Taste), they we're taking delivery of their bulk grain buy for the club so I can only assume they'll be doing one again reasonably soon. Until then, I've just been buying with a grain card and in whole bags for the base grains at Wine and Hop Shop.

I'm looking forward to dropping the price of my grains even more, but it isn't too bad right now as it is.

$1 - $1.35 a pound for anything I brew with.


bniesen 10-14-2010 12:36 PM

I kind of forgot about the MHTG. Please, explain this grain card.

cactusgarrett 10-14-2010 12:43 PM

$60 (maybe $65?) gets you 50lb of grain of your choosing (breaks down to ~$1.30/lb). You walk in, grab your grain, and they cross off the marks on your card (which they keep on hand). You can use the card for ANY grain, and of course you get more out of it by using it for the more expensive, specialty malts.

At a normal price of at least $1.80/lb, buying a grain card saves you $25 on 50lbs of grain you would otherwise purchase anyway.

Waunabeer 10-14-2010 01:06 PM

I'm on the north side of town. Just started brewing this past summer and am working on my fourth batch. Learning from each one and started doing AG on my 2nd batch. It's fun and exciting to brew beer; I just wish I had more patience.

I am in the process of turning a 8' x 17' portion of my basement into a full time brew room complete with natural gas, vent hood, fermentation chamber, large SS wash tub, sound system, cable tv, etc. I am in the drywall stage and will post a new thread when its done.

fenton 10-14-2010 02:16 PM

I'm another Madisonian who would be very interested in bulk grain buys. I keep a grain card at the Wine and Hop shop, but at the frequency I brew (3-4 times per month) I burn through it pretty quickly.

I've kicked around a bulk buy, but haven't had anyone to go in on it with.

And the grain card now is $70 for 52# of grain, or $1.35/LB. Normal grain prices run ~$1.85/LB to $1.95/LB.

bniesen 10-14-2010 04:16 PM

Waunabeer: I'm jealous of your free time/money you can spend on "the best hobby EVER!". I wish I could do the same but the SWMBO and the 3 kids keep me from it :(

I wish I could brew 3 or more times a month. I'm going to start making a habbit of brewing once a month.

This grain card seems to be the way to go unless they would go cheaper if we bought more as a group. The card seems like a good deal.

cactusgarrett 10-14-2010 05:29 PM

Man, they raised the card price again?!? At least they tacked on two pounds to it.

BrewNinja1 10-14-2010 07:08 PM

I also live near Madison (I work on Campus) and would be willing to go in on grains. Ive been getting my 2 row sacks from Northern brewer, then a grain card for the rest.

Ive been kicking around the idea of joining the MHTG, but feel like a tool going by myself.

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