Dand9096, thanks for giving me access. I added .2 splits for the DME and the bottle caps. (Even though I keg, I am always giving beers to people and with 2,000 bottle caps I would be set for a while!)
To others, I've participated in the last few Syracuse group buys and all I can tell you is that this is an awesome opportunity to get grains CHEAP.
Some suggestions for folks. (Based on what I've been making, lot's of English Style Ales and IPA's)
- Do a split for various crytal malts (e.g. GW-C60). Lot's of recipe's call for crystal 60. I love being able to just go to the basement and grab c15, c40, c60, c120, c150.
- Do a split for Carapils (e.g. BZ‐CRPL).
- If you miss the taste of Iron City or Rolling Rock, get yourself some flaked corn (e.g. GP‐FLCRN) and flaked rice (e.g. GP‐RICE)
- Don't forget about wheat beers, summer is coming! (e.g. CM‐WHET for wheat malt, GO‐FLWHT for flaked wheat...also good for head retention)
- If you haven't done brewing with TF-MOPA, TRY IT. Maris Otter is awesome for those English brews, and I now tend to order as much of it as 2-row. (I also just got a TF‐GPRM, but haven't tried it. It is the Scottish version and is supposedly a bit sweeter.)
- Don't forget about Vienna (e.g. BZ-VIEN) and Munich! I find myself using them more and more.
- I could go on and on.
I think the specialty grains (e.g. crystal whatever) and things like Maris Otter are even better buys than plain old 2-row. My LHBS (not in the Pittsburgh area) occasionally offers deals on sacks of 2-row (which I try to participate in), but NEVER on specialty grains, MO, etc.
Don't you want to end up with a grain supply like this? http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f174/syr...ml#post3818889
(my grains, each of those gray plastic containers has 3 sacks of grains, the round buckets are 5 or 6 gallons, and the plastic bins have grains I've split up into reasonable chunks based on grain type and vacuum sealed) or like this? http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f174/syr...ml#post3818561
(another person in the Syracuse group buy).