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whitehause 08-31-2012 11:45 PM

Going Bulk....anyone have tips or tricks?
 
After a year and a half of AG and getting my process down, I'm going to 10 Gal batches. Got a couple keggles built, and I just got my grain mill(MM2) today.
I'll be buying the grain at the LHBS, but the hops I'll probably order on line. Do any of you have any good tips for buying bulk, or just any advice/ things to be aware of when going bigger?

Thanks for any help you can give:mug:

bwarbiany 08-31-2012 11:47 PM

If you don't already have it, get a vacuum sealer. That way you can buy hops in bigger bulk buys, which will save a fair amount over the long run.

whitehause 09-01-2012 12:34 AM

I actually have one, wasn't bought specifically for brewing ( one of the few things ), but does come in handy. I sometimes get a couple grain bills at a time, and will seal them up if I'm not brewing in a week or so. Good advice though!

Billybrewer09 09-01-2012 01:42 AM

Buy your grain by the sack and get a tote to store it in.

Brad2287 09-01-2012 02:25 AM

I would agree, buy grain by the sack. Get into a group buy from a malting company and buy whatever base malt you prefer.

whitehause 09-01-2012 03:05 AM

My LHBS has 50 lb bags of 6 different base malts , so that's where I'll get that. I know there is a local guy that posts on here that gets a bulk hop buy together. I'll have to pick up some bins for the grain.

Billybrewer09 09-01-2012 03:22 AM

I use the big rubber maid totes form wally world

Phunhog 09-01-2012 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bwarbiany (Post 4377891)
If you don't already have it, get a vacuum sealer. That way you can buy hops in bigger bulk buys, which will save a fair amount over the long run.

I actually prefer storing my hops in vacuum sealed mason jars. Just dump them in and seal them.

grathan 09-04-2012 03:24 AM

Don't over do it. I bought enough ingredients for like 20 recipes even though all my kegs and bottles were full. I was tripping over kegs and cases in the house because the garage freezes over the winter, the ingredients sat for 2 years while I whittled down the already made stuff (170 gallons).

An extra freezer is neat for storing hops. Can also start a frozen yeast bank there. Look for hops packaged in 4oz or smaller bags, otherwise look for a vacuum sealer.

Get some software to help track inventory so putting recipes together is easy.

osagedr 09-04-2012 03:48 AM

Watch your boil off if your kettle size has changed.


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