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Old 01-25-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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Just ordered three AG kits for my maiden voyage into AG brewing and noticed a jump in prices. Dead Ringer used to be $25.50 now is $29.50, they all went up. Is this a grain thing, a hop thing or just NB raising prices? Pretty dissapointed, thought I was gonna save money going to AG.

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Old 01-25-2012, 12:32 PM   #2
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Wow, Rahr 2 row went up .50/lb! Doesnt look like extract went up, wierd. Guess I'll have to shop around.

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Many wholesalers increase their prices around the beginning of the year. Keep in mind that demand for brewing ingredients is skyrocketing as the craft beer industry continues to grow near-exponentially, which drives up prices, along with continued high fuel costs (which affect pretty much every step of the process, from growing the grains to shipping the ingredients to the homebrew stores).

As always, I suggest talking to your local homebrew shop's owner first (some have bulk discounts, or will sell you a sack of domestic 2-row for ~$50 and let you use their mill whenever you need it). In the long term, shopping at the LHBS doesn't only help the local economy and allow you to pick up "emergency" ingredients without having to pay for express shipping, but it also keeps the homebrewing superstores (especially MoreBeer and Northern Brewer) honest as well. Even if it's a few bucks more per batch.

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I saw a group buy for NJ/PA on this site for bulk grains, but you might be a bit too far for it to pay off.

ETA: It's the Philly area..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f174/sou...d-26-a-296980/

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+1 for LHBS

Mine doesn't have a great selection of equipment (other than the basics) but their ingredient selection and prices are awesome! A couple of weeks ago, I paid $43 for a bag of 2-row.

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I just sold a load of grain for 10% more than the best I got last year so the increase certainly could be the price of grain.

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NB's 50 lb sack of Rahr 2 row is unchanged at $35.99, sounds like a real good price. My closest LHBD is 45 minutes away, sucks. Troegs is closer, maybe I can buy from them!

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NB's 50 lb sack of Rahr 2 row is unchanged at $35.99, sounds like a real good price. My closest LHBD is 45 minutes away, sucks. Troegs is closer, maybe I can buy from them!
I've always been curious how you guys buy these bulk sacks of grain with the shipping being enormous. I just checked that Rahr 2-row sack and the shipping for one 50lb sack is $30.84 for the cheapest method available. If I change the order to 3 sacks of 50lbs the shipping cost triples, so there is no discount. How do you guys warrant that? I know it's still a $0.36 per pound savings which adds up of course, but it's not as whopping as one would hope. Of course, those that can simply drive over and pick it up get the real savings, but I live nowhere near these major retailers.


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If you can not find a local group that does a bulk order, Austin Home Brew has free shipping on orders of $100 and that includes 50 lb grain sacks, at least they did last time I asked.

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Many people buy their grain locally and save on shipping.

Some people group up and buy grain by the pallet load and save that way.

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