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Old 11-12-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Good place to buy bulk grain in NH/MA?

I'm looking for any homebrew shops in either MA or NH that sell grain in bulk. I'm really looking to purchase at least 1 50# bag of 2-row to last me through the winter. I would purchase a bag through mailorder but by the time you pay for shipping on it you aren't really saving much.

Anyone have any leads or know of any shops in MA or NH that will sell grain by the sack?

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Old 11-12-2007, 12:59 PM   #2
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There's a guy I know in Pittsfield who sells bulk grain at modest cost. http://shop.berkshirecountyhomebrewsupply.com/main.sc. No physical address, but if you had business to conduct in the Western part of the state, I'm sure something could be arranged.

The regular shop I go to, Hennessy Home Brew Emporium, I know has a couple of locations (different name) out in West Boylston and in Cambridge. He sells bulk grain (OK cost, not phenomenal) at my shop, I would image he'd do the same at the other locales. http://www.beerbrew.com/

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I shop at www.nfghomebrew.com. in Leominster, MA. He has good prices on smaller amounts of grain (never bought bulk, although I have seen the 50lb bags).

Check out the website as he has limited hours.

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Have you checked the cost at northcountrymalt.com?
I know shipping can be a real killer, but their grain prices for 55-lb sacks are pretty low so it might even out - especially since they're in new york so shipping is a little more reasonable for those of us in new england. you can get 2-row pale or pilsner malt for as low as $33 a sack at current prices. Costs about $17 shipping for me in Maine, putting it at about $50 a sack total.

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Old 11-12-2007, 07:24 PM   #5
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There is a brew shop in Woburn that has average grain prices, their website is www.beer-wine.com. They don't say if they do grain by the sack, but I would give them and find out.

If shipping charges are an issue, it might just be a matter of going to the closest home brew store, this is just another one to add to the list. You might be close to them, personally, my car only gets about 15 miles to the gallon, the closes HB store is about 20 miles away, so driving to the HB store and back costs me just about as much as shipping.

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If I were up your way, I would give these guys a gingle. Their prices on the web are more than reasonable, however they do not list the bulk pricing.

http://www.brewbyyou.com/

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If I were up your way, I would give these guys a gingle. Their prices on the web are more than reasonable, however they do not list the bulk pricing.

http://www.brewbyyou.com/

This is my LHBS. I get my 55 lb. sack of MO from this place for $35. Not sure on other malts but it may be the same. Bit of a drive from Boston though. There is Stout Billy's in Portsmouth. I have not dealt with them so I cannot say one way or the other.
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There is a brew shop in Woburn that has average grain prices, their website is www.beer-wine.com. They don't say if they do grain by the sack, but I would give them and find out.

If shipping charges are an issue, it might just be a matter of going to the closest home brew store, this is just another one to add to the list. You might be close to them, personally, my car only gets about 15 miles to the gallon, the closes HB store is about 20 miles away, so driving to the HB store and back costs me just about as much as shipping.

I've already checked with beer-wine... they stopped selling in bulk. The excuse they gave me was they need to save their grain to fill regular orders in facing the "great grain shortage" that is upon us (hint of sarcasm there). Is anyone else a big fan of this place?

Currently, for the Boston area Modern Brewer in Cambridge is in the lead with their phone estimate of $45-50/sack... just an FYI for others, you'll need to give them a week notice as they don't have a lot of storage space and may not have it readily in stock. Those closer to Leominster can go to NFG and get a sack around $38.
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WWW.kettletokeg.com would be something to look into too. Thats where i go and the owner there is helpfull, im sure he would order a sack for someoone if he didint have one in stock. He sold me what he had left of marios otter a few weeks ago and i dont even know what he charged me but i dont think it was much.
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