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Old 11-26-2007, 08:13 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of moving into all grain, but I want to put off getting a scale and malt mill for the first couple of brews. I also don't want a bunch of crushed grain lying around getting stale.

I was wondering does your LHBS cut smaller amounts than a pound for speciliaty grains. Do they charge (Pounds of grain) * (cost per pound)? Just wondering...

I currently use the Brewer's Apprentice as my LHBS.


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Mine goes as low as a pound and they want 25 cents per pound to mill it. The price per pound is quite a bit higher than if I buy a whole sack.

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My LHBS measures out and mills what ever you want. Flat rate.
If there is only a few oz of specialty malt, he'll let it slide.

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Mine charges by the fractional pound and mills for free.


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mine says whats grain?

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Mine charges by the fractional pound and mills for free.


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Mine doesn't charge me separately for milling, either. Given his per-pound prices, though, I consider than more of a "non-itemized expense" than a freebee!
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My LHBS measures out and mills what ever you want. Flat rate.
If there is only a few oz of specialty malt, he'll let it slide.
The one on the south side of Atlanta mills for no extra charge.

His specialty grain goes for the same price as the main grain.
If you buy all you grains for the entire brew from him.

Edit: Just Brew It Fayetteville,GA. Thought Doug could use a plug. He'a a good guy.
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His specialty grain goes for the same price as the main grain.
That's a good deal. This place charges $1.75 (probably more now) per pound for some of the specialty grains. It would stink if they charge me full price for a 1/4 of black patent. Maybe I should get a mill.
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My LHBS is self-serve, buckets of grain, scoops, bags, and a hand-crank mill. Granted, it's only got a single roller about 3" long so it's slow as death, and it's bolted to a really wobbly table so it almost takes 2 people to operate it, and it gives a poor crush - it's supposedly adjustable but there's no visible means to adjust it. Oh, and the scale that's right next to it is broken so you have to carry your grain all the way across the store to weigh it. And, their grain selection isn't great.

But on the plus side, you stick it on the scale and it prints you a label, and you pay the exact amount based on the per-pound price - and they're still charging only 99 cents a pound for almost all the grains. It sucks significantly less now that I have a barley crusher so I don't have to deal with their crappy mill.

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I'm kinda like FunkenJaeger here..

My LHBS is pretty self-serve as well and they have the big creeky mill, but it's motorized and can go pretty quickly. The crush is pretty close to that from Austin Home Brew - good or bad, I'm not sure since they're the only places I've seen crushed grains from.

I've never bought in anything less than a half pound but I think that "fair" rounding works, I've never had to pay for 5.05 pounds of grain.

My LHBS also has a decent selection. I've actually been surprised that I'm able to find grains there not listed on their site.

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