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Old 03-20-2013, 05:24 PM   #1351
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I have Annapolis and Jay's giving me prices. Should have the list from Derek tonight and will post both. They are both pretty far for me to drive to pickup the bulk of the grains, but I am willing to do it at least a few times to see how it goes. I don't think either of them want to deal with hassles of a lot of us coming to the shop at different times to get the grain. I think they want to get it and have it picked up quickly so as to not eat up their space. They both seem willing to work with us, so some exceptions to that may be made but if we make this too hard on them then I think they will not want to deal with it. We may have to pay up front, but I can take care of that as long as I get paid back on pickup. We are going to save in the neighborhood of $10 a sack on 2-row and pils over most retail prices, so if it is worth it to enough people, we can move forward with this soon. I am thinking first buy would start as soon as I get the price sheets from Derek. We will have to decide if we want to use one LHBS or both, I prefer to have two sources just in case something were to happen like what just did. I would run it just like Stefin: first come, first served until we hit 40 or 80 sacks. Pay via paypal or cash. No markup, no fees, pay for just grain. No tax on grain as it is considered food. If you want to chip in on gas, or want to make the run to the LHBS for pickup, or want to bring samples of your handiwork, that would be welcomed but not required. I have asked for a price list of things like hops and yeast, thinking it would be nice to get everything at once and since someone is running to the LHBS to get the grains, why not pickup other things we all need. This might make the one trip a little easier if you also don't have to go to the LHBS as well as the bulk grain pickup. I would schedule the pickup either Friday night or Sat. morning so that people could pick up on the weekend. I don't have storage like Stefin, so you are going to have to come get stuff Sat. or Sun. as I will have it in my garage and need to put my cars there, brew there, etc. I did not approach either myLHBS or the Columbia guy as I don't think either would be interested based on my previous dealings with them (could be wrong). myLHBS is actually the closest one to me and I think Columbia is second closest. Doh! Annapolis already has discounts for multiple sacks (we are getting a much better deal though!) and Jay's has discounts as well for regular customers. I am waiting for his price list and then I will put both out for all to download. We will be able to get things like Candi and PBW in bulk as well, but I think we start with grain and go from there. Hopefully we will have more info tonight. Cheers!
Looking forward to the pricing breakdown Depending on traffic it seems to take me anywhere from 30-50+ minutes to get to like every single homebrew store in the area (although Jay's and Annapolis are the furthest). So I am always making detailed lists and planning ahead. Being able to potentially get some price breaks on other items and getting everything all at once would decrease the overall gas/trip cost and frequency
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:25 PM   #1352
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Anyone have a contact at mad fax or think they would play ball?

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Old 03-21-2013, 01:26 AM   #1353
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I sent the first price list to everyone who emailed me they were interested in the group buy. Did not get one from Jay yet, but he said it might take until tomorrow to get. I will email out that once I have it. Anyone else who wants the list(s) please PM me.

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Old 03-21-2013, 03:08 PM   #1354
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Hey stone, let me know when you get jay's pricing, I'd be interested in getting involved in a buy there, and I'd be happy to bring in as much as my car will carry into the beltway for pickup if that helps anyone else?

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Old 03-21-2013, 04:20 PM   #1355
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I don't live too far from myLHBS (I am in the neighborhoods just off 395 and seminary and have a garage that it can be stored if people need to go that route. I am interested in a sack or two myself. Only problem is I have no way to get it to my house (convertables are not made for hauling grain), and the garage is only used for brewing equipment and my motorcycle.

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I just got the prices from the other LHBS and they are excellent. I will post them up tonight after I get home and let you know how to get them. The selection is a lot more limited, and the maltsters are different, but the prices are about the same as we paid before! I have to go to a going away celebration for one of my coops who is going back to school, so it may be after 9PM before I get to this. Since the two LHBS are offering different grains, I think what I am going to do it try to buy from both each time. Some people are going to want the larger selection, organic grains, specialty grains, etc. that the one store is offering and others are going to want the cheapest 2-row or pils that the other one is offering. I think there is enough demand on this board to get 80 sacks of grain in a short period of time, so that is my going in plan. Subject to change, of course...

After I get the combined list out, I will start a new thread each buy to track what everyone wants. I will start the first thread tonight or tomorrow and we will see how it goes. I will announce a new buy in this thread as people are used to coming here, and will provide a link to the new buy thread. Start looking at your inventory!

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OK second list is up at the same place. Name is Jays%20Price%20List.pdf so just replace the name of the other list with this and you should be able to get to it. PM me if you can't figure out what I mean. Too tired to send a mass email right now. I will open the buy up tomorrow in another thread.

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This news about the group buys does suck! I've been lurking for a while but wanted to get in on these. Big thanks to stonebrewer for taking the reins and trying to find an alternative.

Are you going to post a public link to the price list or should we PM you?

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OK second list is up at the same place. Name is Jays%20Price%20List.pdf so just replace the name of the other list with this and you should be able to get to it. PM me if you can't figure out what I mean. Too tired to send a mass email right now. I will open the buy up tomorrow in another thread.
Thanks, just a quick clarification. Does Jay's prices included VA's tax? I think the food tax is like 2.5% or something in Virginia. Maryland has no food sales tax.
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Thanks, just a quick clarification. Does Jay's prices included VA's tax? I think the food tax is like 2.5% or something in Virginia. Maryland has no food sales tax.
He didn't say and I didn't ask. I will shoot him an email today and update the list if so...
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