Originally Posted by Nikobrew
Word. On the homebrew level it's not a huuuge deal for the consumer at least. I appreciate Forrest explaining this though so when people see increases they don't flip out...as much. I know this will affect anybody buying directly from the distributors who buy directly from the maltsters immediately, and wonder how long it'll take to trickle down from there, through the companies that sell just a few bags of grain at a time to places like my LHBS who don't buy palletloads.. time will tell.
On a pro brewer level this sucks much more. When a pallet of grain goes up 90 dollars or more, that adds up quick on total $.
Yeah, it sucks having to pay wholesale and your price goes up. When you are a retail payer the company absorbs a lot of price increases. On some items it is easier and cheaper just to eat the increase than have to do all of the labor of changing a price and all of the prices of items that contain that item. If liquid extract goes up I have to spend a week changing 1600 prices or decide it is not worth it.