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Old 07-30-2006, 03:24 PM   #1
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Is there anyplace out there that has DME or even LME cheap? I purchased the stuff for my latest brew the other day and i was approaching 40 bucks at my LHBS. Now dont get me wrong on things like Hops and Yeast i imagine i want to buy them from him, but $13.50 for 3 lbs of DME seems steep. It seemed to even be a generic brand.

I guess its not the money, im pissed at myself for finding yet another hobby that is WAY more expensive than free.

Why can i not enjoy watching birds or something...wait, i do, while enjoying a delicious home brew.........DAMN IT!


Am i missing a place on the web where 3lbs of DME is like $8.00?

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Old 07-30-2006, 03:37 PM   #2
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What do you do for a living?Would you accept a lower wage if you boss asked?I'm just pointing out the person the owns the LHBS need s to make a living as well.Thanks to the cost of energy every thing is going up in price.

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www.midwestsupplies.com is where I order if I can't make it up to the LHBS. There's a thread around here somewhere with a lot of online supply stores.
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Old 07-30-2006, 04:22 PM   #4
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I shop a lot at MidwestSupplies.com also.

If you can afford it go for the 55# boxes. That's what I do.

I have 6 of them...about 2 are almost empty, one's half gone and the others are new.

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I've been to at over a dozen LHBS in a few different states and IMO I've found they're all inadequate, because they just can't compare to online suppliers. I use http://morebeer.com/, they have a much bigger selection of always fresh ingredients, cheaper prices than any LHBS, expert advice, and they have free shipping on orders over $59. For example: 3 lbs of DME is $10.50, and 3 lbs of LME is as little as $6.30. They are a super high volume dealer, making it easier to keep prices lower than the LHBS. The only time I use a LHBS is when I need something right away and can't wait to have something shipped.

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I certainly am not wanting to cut out my LHBS owner, as i plan to get alot of stuff from him still, but it seems if i can find some thing at half price like the malt extract that would be fiscally irresponsible on my part to pay double just because he is local. now i know i can get hops and yeast about a buck or two cheaper online, that is not enough difference and i will gladly patronize my local guy. Someone said that i can find LME for as little as 6 and DME for as little as 10....that may be worth getting online as at my LHBS i pay 12 for the LME and 14 for the DME. Oh and there is the tax free issue buying it off the net.

Thanks guys for you website suggestions!

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I know this doesn't help, but DME in the UK is even worse. Half a kilo (around a pound) would cost about £3.50, which is something approaching $9!

It's the main reason I went all-grain.

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I know this doesn't help, but DME in the UK is even worse. Half a kilo (around a pound) would cost about £3.50, which is something approaching $9!
Yeah, it's approaching $9.00, but it's closer to $6.47.
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Oh and there is the tax free issue buying it off the net.

Thanks guys for you website suggestions! [/quote]



I'm with ya there thank God where not getting all the government where paying for.

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Take a look at this.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=8805
You could think about doing partial mashes. Add about 4 pounds of 2 row to your specialty grains, mash them, and then sparge. You can eliminate about 3 pounds of DME with this method. The grains are only about $1.00 to $1.50 per pound. Even cheaper if you buy in bulk.

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