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Old 04-07-2009, 01:54 AM   #1
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Default I bought my first 50# bag of base malt today

After 30 batches now, I bought my first 50# bag of 2 row base malt today. I feel like I'm moving up to the next level in brewing and I have an overwhelming feeling of security with all that base malt in the back room.

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Old 04-07-2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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Makes you feel warm and fuzzy dont it? What was the $$? My LHBS has horrible per pound prices, but I can get a 50# sack there for $40...

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:09 AM   #3
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It makes you know that you will use at least that amount. The year is young and that is only two and a half 10 gallon batches! You will be at 200 gallons before you know it!

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Old 04-07-2009, 05:23 AM   #4
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Yes it is suprising how fast a sack disappears. I brew 5g batches and still seem to go through 50# in a couple of months. Currently working my way through a sack of pilnser malt, Maris Otter and wheat.

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Old 04-07-2009, 11:39 AM   #5
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So, what are yall getting youf 50# sacks for? Outside of true BULK buys, what is it costing you to get a single sack of 2-row, Maris etc...

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Old 04-07-2009, 11:53 AM   #6
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The best I can find for a 55# sack of MO is $61, about the same as midwest, but I can save on their huge shipping costs. Now, though I can go pick it up from the LHBS. There are only two stores within reasonable range of me, and both us L D Carlson as their suppliers. That means I have to go through Carlson's online catalogue, take down the stock numbers, then call the LHBS with those numbers to get the prices, decide what I still want to buy from them, then I can FINALLY make my order with them so that they can pick it up and keep it back for me then call me when they have it. What a bloody work up!!

In answer to the OP, yes, I couldn't stop looking at my first ever bag!

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Old 04-07-2009, 12:05 PM   #7
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These aren't good prices or anything but:
I recently bought a 40# sack (which isn't really a sack I guess) of German Pils for $57 but the shipping was nothing...that's a pretty rude price but I was just taking advantage of a sale and low shipping. I also just bought a 55# sack of Maris Otter for $60 at 'regular' shipping rates. Both of these from from the 'bigger' online HBS. Which one do you think I normally order from?

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Cool I was curious because I can get 50# sacks for $40 down the street... I dont need any now, but in the future of course.

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My LHBS sells 2 row for about $58, with my club discount it is about $52. If I stop by the Michigan brewery, they sell the same sack of grain for $38.

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Sacks of what Pol? It's prob wasting money but I've been trying to stick with either Weyermann or a reputable supplier of Maris Otter (I might try Golden Promise next time).

When I paid that much money for 40# of 'German Pils' the supplier didn't even show the brand...the other supplier that has the decent prices (the MO I bought for $60) does and that's important to me. If I buy 'German Pils' I want to know that it's Weyermann.

I can't remember ever buying much of the domestic malts...I'm not sure I could even tell the difference though. Is there?

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