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Old 07-01-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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So, I am venturing into the world of all-grain brewing. I have done quite a few extract batches and originally bought everything from the local home brew store until i realized that they have a near 40% markup.

I have found a few good sites for ordering hops but am wondering where everyone orders their malt from? I have found sites that charge up to 50 dollars to ship and also some that have $6 flat rate shipping.

I would like to be able to order 50lbs or so but do not want to pay 50 dollars to ship it.

Rather than look through countless sites I figured i would ask and see what everyone else uses for ordering supplies.

 
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:10 PM   #2
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north county malt or mid country malt.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:32 PM   #3
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Look for other brewers in your area. Sometimes people put together bulk grain purchases to save everyone some cash.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:40 PM   #4
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I buy from a distributor near me. They give a discount to brew club members (10%). I pay $42 for a 55# bag of pilsner (Rahr or MaltEurop). They will grind, too, but I have my own mill. Moral of story: try to buy local and skip shipping.

If you can't buy local, try BrewMaster's Warehouse or Northern Brewer.

 
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:47 PM   #5
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hopsdirect.com for hops. I do not yet buy bulk malt.

 
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:26 PM   #6
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hopsdirect.com for hops. I do not yet buy bulk malt.
+10. I just bought 6# from hopsdirect. Their Willamette is insane ($10/#)

 
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:32 PM   #7
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How do you expect them to stay in business if they don't profit? I mean, if it amounted to hundreds of dollars each purchase, then maybe you should look elsewhere. But how much of a difference in price are we talking about per purchase between buying local and buying online?

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:41 AM   #8
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I am all about supporting the local home brew store. If we were talking about a reasonable markup I would be all for paying the premium. However, I am talking between 4-5 dollars per ounce for hops at LHBS! Equipment is insane too. Even buckets and starter equipment are twice what you would pay online. I bought all starter equipment and kit for my first batch from LHBS. Paid 120 something for kit. Same kit sells online for $69 ........................

My wallet can only afford brewday emergency purchases.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:32 PM   #9
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I bought a ton (well, not a ton but about 200 pounds of it) from austinhomebrew.com. The price per pound is slightly more expensive, but the $7 shipping meant that it was cheaper in the long run. They broke it up into 4 50 pound boxes, so it didn't come freight, it came UPS. I ordered Vienna malt, Munich malt, two-row, and pilsner malt in bulk, and I'm very happy with the malt and the price.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:56 PM   #10
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+1 for group buys from NCM, we've done several with local brewers. Try and get a group buy together, saves a lot of grain, hops, cleaners, sanitizers, etc.
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