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Old 01-11-2007, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default Bottom line cost of bulk grains?

I'd like to buy a grain mill, but I have to justify the cost to SWMBO and to myself...

After paying shipping, it looks like the best one could do for 50 lbs of two-row is about $45 or so. Considering you can get it from Austin Homebrew for $1.10 per pound, that's not an enormous savings.

I'm not a real high-quantity brewer, so two-row and maybe pilsner are probably the only grains I could realistically purchase in bulk.

So it looks to me like the principal advantage of milling your own grain is choice, not cost. (i.e. you can keep several grains on hand and brew more sponatneously.)

Am I missing something? Where do folks get their grains in bulk? (I don't have a LHBS nearby--that would obviously be the most cost effective solution.)

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Old 01-11-2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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Well the way I do it, is just pick it up from my LHBS (although 45 minutes away it is still better than paying shipping cost on 50 lb). It is a choice thing, you can always continue buying in smaller quantities and that is fine. There is nothing like crushing the grain fresh a few minutes before you brew, imo. It is also one of the things you can tweak if you get an adjustable mill (although I haven't done this yet). Plus having 50 lbs of grain on hand means you can brew till your heart's content for quite some time before re-ordering. All in all though, if you have a good supplier, are happy with the crush and cannot justify the cost...then I'd say stick with it. I like being able to brew on a whim, and having plenty of uncrushed grain at my disposal gives me what I want, when I want.

One more thing, I love the whole process of Brewing and this brings you one step closer....

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Do you have any breweries close by? You could always ask to pick up a 55lb bag right there.

The type of base malt also makes all the difference. Rahr 2 row is 30 bucks a sack, while Maris Otter is 50 bucks. If there is someway you can avoid the shipping costs, then yes, you save almost half of what you normally would

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Do you have any breweries close by? You could always ask to pick up a 55lb bag right there.

The type of base malt also makes all the difference. Rahr 2 row is 30 bucks a sack, while Maris Otter is 50 bucks. If there is someway you can avoid the shipping costs, then yes, you save almost half of what you normally would

Sheeyat....why didn't I think of that! Hmmm, I wonder if the local brew pub would be willing to get me a sack every-once-in-a-while.
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Sheeyat....why didn't I think of that! Hmmm, I wonder if the local brew pub would be willing to get me a sack every-once-in-a-while.

Don't forget that 5.99 shipping for every batch.
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Don't forget that 5.99 shipping for every batch.

I am not following?
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I am not following?

When you figure the cost per batch remember you have to pay to ship every time. Unless you are getting it local from Austin?

Shipping all the batches can add up throughout the year which is just another way to justify the mill.
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I'm envious of you guys! My "local" supplier is five hours away, and I'm payin' like, seventy bucks for 55 lbs! It does get here quickly, though...

cheers, p

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I'm envious of you guys! My "local" supplier is five hours away, and I'm payin' like, seventy bucks for 55 lbs! It does get here quickly, though...

cheers, p
Austin Homebrew has a flat $5.99 shipping per order, and as near as I can tell, that includes bulk grains. Should be cheaper.

You might also want to check out http://www.northcountrymalt.com/index.html
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Austin Homebrew has a flat $5.99 shipping per order, and as near as I can tell, that includes bulk grains. Should be cheaper.

You might also want to check out http://www.northcountrymalt.com/index.html
Any idea what north country charges to ship a back or two?
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