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Old 01-07-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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So us Canadians are planning a group bulk buy. I am getting ready to put in my order but want some opinions. I can get a bag of Canadian 2 Row for $35, or a bag of Weyermmans Pale for $50. I am on a university budget so the price is a factor here for sure. I am wondering what you guys would do and why? And if i went for the 2 row to save money are there any additional steps/concerns I may have to deal with?

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Old 01-07-2009, 05:48 PM   #2
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Just make sure you store it properly. I bought a bag of Maris Otter once and oblivious to the possibility of creepy crawlies over time, ended up throwing about 3/4 of it out due to bug infestation.

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Old 01-07-2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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I would say that being on a budget, go for the 2-row. You can use the extra money to buy hops and specialty grains. It depends what kind of beer you like to make too.

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Old 01-07-2009, 06:35 PM   #4
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I would say that being on a budget, go for the 2-row. You can use the extra money to buy hops and specialty grains. It depends what kind of beer you like to make too.
I agree.

You can use the 2-row for just about anything.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:23 PM   #5
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for storage its best to make sure you have access to a vacuum sealer. vac in 1 gallon bags or get some large roll bags and bag in them. try to keep them all the same weight in the regular weights your recipes call for.

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Old 01-07-2009, 07:59 PM   #6
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I was going to use a large rubbermaid container to store my goodies, would that do ok? I assume that until the grain is crushed, theres no "staling" effect, assuming i use it over the next few months?

And is there any additional considerations/challanges with working with 2 row instead of the pale?

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
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Is that a 50 lb bag you're buying for $35 Canadian? If so, Wow -- I'm envious. That's under $30 US. What a great buy!

btw, I agree with others -- get the Canadian 2 row. That's great stuff that you can brew almost anything with.

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I have been using that Canad Malting 2-row for everything and highly recommend you buy that. If you are getting more than 1 bag, then get a bag of crystal or munich. That 2-row is actually quite nice as mlking says, and is a big step up from old 6-row. It should last for a year before you need to worry about it. Beware the mice...

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I have been using that Canad Malting 2-row for everything and highly recommend you buy that. If you are getting more than 1 bag, then get a bag of crystal or munich. That 2-row is actually quite nice as mlking says, and is a big step up from old 6-row. It should last for a year before you need to worry about it. Beware the mice...
To mkling, yea its a 55pound bag (25kg), and it is a pretty good price IMO. Plus i like supporting our canadian farmers (really its just cuz its cheap lol). And to beds, thats great! Im glad you think so highly of it. Im excited to have all this stuff.

I am thinkin of getting a full bag of 2 row, along with 10#'s caramel 60 or something? Any other recommendations?

And is the rubbermaid storage idea good?

Thanks again for the help dudes! (and chicks)
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:21 AM   #10
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love those gambrinus canadian malts!

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