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Old 03-16-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default What would you offer for a sack of Malt?

There's a local brewpub nearby, and I have thought about approaching the brewer to see if I could buy some base malt.

What do you think the brewer has to pay for a 50lb bag?

What do you think a fair price to offer would be if he asks, "What will you give me?"

I realize that some of you are horse trader types. I'm not that kind of guy. So, I'd want to start without insulting him, but still leave room to get a deal.

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Old 03-16-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
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I doubt he buys his base malt by the bag. Is there a Grain Silo at the brewery?

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Old 03-16-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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The breweries I go to have sacks of grain. I don't know what they pay, but it's less than retail. I've paid $37-45 retail for a bag of Briess or Rahr two-row (Rahr is cheaper).

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:01 PM   #4
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Really? Both of my local micro breweries and the local brewpub all get their grain by the sack.

Not sure about cost. I haven't bought from Canada Malting lately, can't remember the cost of base without the exorbitant markup my LHBS charges.

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:11 PM   #5
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If he's buying it right he should be paying ~$30 for a 55lb bag of 2-Row, assuming he's buying in quantity (~40 bags at a crack). I'd offer him $30 a some free samples of your brew made with the malt you bought from him.. Cheers!!!

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:12 PM   #6
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The only brewery I know that has a silo is Great Lakes in Cleveland. Every other place has sacks.

BMC has train cars!

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When I was buying from the local brewery, I was paying $40.00/bag. Fair to me, fair to him.

I would say $40.00 is a good starting point. He's probably doubling his cost at that.

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Im thinking... $25-$28..Good deal. $30 tops.
It will still leave him room to make a buck or two.
Just Guessing Though.

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If he's buying it right he's buying it by the truck load.

He'll, even Silver Moon has a silo. Guessing the delivery process has something to do with how some are able to buy their base malt though.

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When I was buying from the local brewery, I was paying $40.00/bag. Fair to me, fair to him.

I would say $40.00 is a good starting point. He's probably doubling his cost at that.
Hmmm I pay less than that retail.
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