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Old 09-18-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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Is there any online homebrew supply site where you can buy bulk DME at a discount? I saw some on Northern Brewer but they don't have many options, so I thought I'd ask. I'm thinking about going back to partial mashes instead of all-grain, so I'd like to get a good stockpile of DME.
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Old 09-18-2006, 07:28 PM   #2
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NB is where I get mine 55# XLDME for $140
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:26 PM   #3
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NB is where I get mine 55# XLDME for $140
I get mine at Midwestsupplies.com for about the same price.
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:02 PM   #4
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NB is where I get mine 55# XLDME for $140
Ditto.

Figure 55lb of DME is roughly 66lb of LME.

NB got my stuff to me quick... in about 3 days. I wish they had free shipping though.
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Old 09-20-2006, 02:22 PM   #5
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Does it come as a case of 1-lb bags or is it one huge 55-lb container?
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Old 09-20-2006, 02:33 PM   #6
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It's a box with the DME double bagged. I've made 3 batches with it so far and it seems like I haven't put a dent in it.

NB double box's it when they ship it to you.
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Old 09-20-2006, 02:41 PM   #7
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Does it come as a case of 1-lb bags or is it one huge 55-lb container?
Your best bet if you're going to buy bulk ingredients but like to have them portioned is to pick up a vacuum sealer. Get your 50 pounds of extract and portion it out into whatever weights you want.

http://www.cooking.com/products/shpr...0&ClassNo=0335

I actually bought mine for food originally and later discovered how useful it was for beer ingredients and equipment, the first aid kit in my trunk, spare socks for camping/hunting, putting medicine/liquids in my checked luggage on flights, creating a 'snowstorm staples' pack to keep in the basement for emergencies--- I've got a lot of stuff in those vacuum packs other than the bulk frozen meats and frozen stews/chilli/soup that I orignally bought it for.
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Old 09-20-2006, 02:56 PM   #8
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kornkob is correct. My uncle's been hocking the Foodsaver on QVC and infomercials for years, so my entire family has one. My kitchen couldn't function without it...now I'm learning how useful it is in extending the life of various beer ingredients.
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:14 PM   #9
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NB double box's it when they ship it to you.
I just hate all those damn styrofoam peanuts though. A royal PITA
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:29 PM   #10
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Quote:
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Your best bet if you're going to buy bulk ingredients but like to have them portioned is to pick up a vacuum sealer. Get your 50 pounds of extract and portion it out into whatever weights you want.

http://www.cooking.com/products/shpr...0&ClassNo=0335

I actually bought mine for food originally and later discovered how useful it was for beer ingredients and equipment, the first aid kit in my trunk, spare socks for camping/hunting, putting medicine/liquids in my checked luggage on flights, creating a 'snowstorm staples' pack to keep in the basement for emergencies--- I've got a lot of stuff in those vacuum packs other than the bulk frozen meats and frozen stews/chilli/soup that I orignally bought it for.
I completely agree on this, but didn't think to seperate my DME. Thats a great idea.. and the bags are resusable.

I use my vacuum sealer for all kinds of stuff. I bought it initially for beer ingredients, but I'm amazed how much longer meats stay looking fresh in them. I usually go to the grocery store when they ribeyes or NY strips on sale for $4.99/lb and stock up!.

As far as beer stuff.. I buy all my hops from hopsdirect... I have 12-14 varieties and keep them in my deep freeze. I keep my corriander and orange peels together for my wits. I buy my speciality grains in bulk, split their proportions out, then keep the grain bill in one bag for next time.


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Definately! Especially when you have a 8 week old lab puppy that thinks they are treats.
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