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Old 09-06-2012, 09:03 PM   #11
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I think that is the case with any information is conflicting data. One person does it and yay it works the other does it (perhaps screwing something up along the way) and it doesn't work out. Trial and error are the only real ways to know for sure; perhaps a small 1 gal. batch of oatmeal stout is in order. Here is some inforamtion for you. http://byo.com/stories/article/indices/34-grains/498-cookie-in-a-glass-grouters-unite

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #12
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I've recently purchased a grain mill and started buying 50 lbs sacks of base malt for around $37 a sack. I was sure this would bring my batch price way down...but noooo, still seem to spend 30-40 bucks on the other random ingredients...who knows?

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #13
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I've recently purchased a grain mill and started buying 50 lbs sacks of base malt for around $37 a sack. I was sure this would bring my batch price way down...but noooo, still seem to spend 30-40 bucks on the other random ingredients...who knows?
Oh man that's disheartening. I was looking at going this route by the years end; for that exact reason. Are you making bigger beers now that youhave the grain handy?
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:03 AM   #14
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Oh man that's disheartening. I was looking at going this route by the years end; for that exact reason. Are you making bigger beers now that youhave the grain handy?
Lol, yes. I have a Belgian golden strong and a Belgian dark strong in fermenters that are both over 10% and a Scotch Wee Heavy that's almost 9%...Guess that's why I'm not saving money!!! Might be time to real it in just a bit.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:06 AM   #15
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Flaked oats = instant oats, FYI.

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Oh man that's disheartening. I was looking at going this route by the years end; for that exact reason. Are you making bigger beers now that youhave the grain handy?
Grab a mill...I love mine. I would mill my own grain even if it didn't save me a dime. It's almost like one more step towards doing the whole thing yourself...growing my own hops is next for me I think.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:45 PM   #17
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Grab a mill...I love mine. I would mill my own grain even if it didn't save me a dime. It's almost like one more step towards doing the whole thing yourself...growing my own hops is next for me I think.
I definitely will once I get the other crap I need. I still need to make myself a wort Chiller, Fermentation control chamber, not sure If I should go mill after those two things or start buying pieces for a kegging system. So much to make and buy it can make my head spin.
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I definitely will once I get the other crap I need. I still need to make myself a wort Chiller, Fermentation control chamber, not sure If I should go mill after those two things or start buying pieces for a kegging system. So much to make and buy it can make my head spin.
A fermentation control chamber is in the books for me as well...Not sure if I want to go with a typical chest freezer, or try to convert one of the mini fridges. I'd like to stick with something as small as possible, but the chest freezers are so cheap, its hard to decide.
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A fermentation control chamber is in the books for me as well...Not sure if I want to go with a typical chest freezer, or try to convert one of the mini fridges. I'd like to stick with something as small as possible, but the chest freezers are so cheap, its hard to decide.
I keep going back and forth,; I will occassionally see a freezer or something on CL for under 30 dollars. I don't know if they work or not but then I still need a controller,power switch and the juice to run it. I also like to build things so I have been toying with the idea of getting the supplies and building the son of fermentor fermentation chamber. in reality, It's probably not much cheaper than a freezer build but to say I made the thing is what I like about the idea. I do think I am going to be building my wort chiller here before the fermentation because that is the one aspect of brewing that I get impatient with is chilling the wort to pitching temps. so many decisions so little funds.
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I'm still doing extract kit brews and can't do one for under $50. $7 for bottled water, $10 on ice to cool the wort, plus the cost of the kit...but i bought a wort chiller today, so that'll save cash in the long run.
Just get a 6 gallon container and go to one of those $0.25/gal machines. Or invest the 50ish bucks in a home water filter.

$10 on ICE?!?!? Invest in a wort chiller buddy, 6 batches at $17 for ice and water youre already at the cost of a wort chiller and a 6 gallon better bottle.
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