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Old 11-19-2006, 05:51 AM   #31
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hb_99 buys DME by the 55# box, I believe. You can get a better deal on it that way and make 8-10 batches of beer. I buy 3# at a time which I use for making starters (6oz at a time) and I've had no problems at all just storing the DME in a ziploc bag with the air squeezed out. To measure it out I just pour it from the bag into the container I'll use to weigh it...I don't stick spoons are scoops in it.

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Old 11-19-2006, 01:37 PM   #32
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You're right...I buy only 55# boxes of DME.

I also buy yeast by the couple (4-5) at a time and hops by the pounds.

I like to be prepared (somewhat) to brew anything I want at any time I want.

It's still early morning here. I started a starter last night for a batch today.

I'll also be bottling an American Ale (that I made on Teach a Friend to Brew Day) today before I brew.

My Mango Mead is ready to bottle also.

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Old 11-19-2006, 01:44 PM   #33
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Doing a group buy on hops last fall with some fellow GRABASS'ers was one of the best things I've done. We got hops for around 50-60 cents/ounce, I think, and I've limited myself to 4-5 types of hops for the last year which has been really instructive for me.

I still have a lot of hops left which I'll probably use through the end of the year and then toss the remainder, but overall I'll still come out significantly ahead financially.

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