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Loodachris 09-09-2012 08:19 PM

Why no group buys?
Why are there never any grain group buys for us here in Washington? I have no idea how to go about starting one and I always see plenty for the east coast. Anyone have an idea how to start it up?

jtd_419 09-09-2012 08:23 PM

Not a clue but what part of Washington are you in? If you're close enough i would be interested when you do figure it out. I am in the southeast corner

Loodachris 09-09-2012 11:00 PM

Tacoma here


jtd_419 09-10-2012 03:18 AM

I'm in the opposite corner.... about six hours southeast.....

H-ost 09-10-2012 06:46 PM

I think it is a great idea but I do not have anytime to brew for a long time so I guess this is just a bump to the thread.

david_42 09-10-2012 06:50 PM

I think you see more of them on the East coast, just due to population density. But you start the process by posting that you are interested and where you are located.

Best of luck!

jeepinjeepin 09-10-2012 06:56 PM

I've not done one but it seems somewhat straightforward if not a fair bit of work. You have to find your supplier, whether that is a lhbs that can cut you a deal, a brewery that will pad an extra pallet to their next order, or a wholesaler. I believe a pallet is your minimum purchase to get any substantial cost savings. After you get your specs; price per sack of which grains, number of sacks per pallet, etc you advertise it to your local audience. You will need a place to do the distribution. Will it all be full sacks or will you allow splitting of sacks on site? You will need a large accurate scale if so. The purchase will likely be going on your credit card and then you collect from everybody by PayPal beforehand or cash/check at delivery. It's your group buy. You make the rules. Just look at some of the other group buy threads and go from there.

Loodachris 09-11-2012 04:39 AM

Ya I need to look around and get some info for sure. lhbs quoted me $49.00 for a sack of Briess 2row and with some of the prices online that seems like a good deal especially with no shipping. Maybe I'll talk with them and see what they can do. What I really need to do is join a home brew club and get some info that way as well.

step 09-11-2012 05:15 AM

I thought there was a guy in Olympia that would drive down to Great Western and pick a couple pallets of stuff for a group buy..... I guess I will do the searching and post the link...


ok here you go http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f174/oly...up-buy-228667/ talk to these folks.

troyh 09-11-2012 05:55 AM

Have you tried Larry's Brewing Supply in Kent?: http://www.larrysbrewsupply.com/

I buy bulk grain from them and their prices are good. They supply many breweries and brewpubs in the area so have a large warehouse of grain.

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