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Old 10-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #11
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I don't do kits anymore. Most of them have LME and I prefer DME.
I've been buying DME in bulk, it is a huge savings. MY Home brew club does a group buy twice an year and I get 50lbs for $90. I also buy hops in bulk. This really brings the price per bottle down.

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #12
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*facepalm* of course, hops - that's a great thing to buy in bulk, AKA by the pound.

also helps to invest in a vacuum sealer (AKA Food Saver) so you can store them in your freezer without any air in the bag. hops can last a long, long time that way.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #13
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The hops... Pellets or leaves? Or does it matter so long as they are vacuum sealed?

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The hops... Pellets or leaves? Or does it matter so long as they are vacuum sealed?
not really, although i've read that pellets might have slightly better longevity since they've been compacted and as such have less surface area (so less to expose to air, hence less can oxidize/degrade). difference is marginal, i wouldn't worry about it and look more for what's the best deal on the variety/ies that you use the most.
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Drinking: a hop-bursted IPA w/ Conan, a farmhouse with ECY08 & brett blend
Fermenting: sour cherry mead
Aging: a bunch of belgian and soured stuff, and acerglyn.
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