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Old 04-18-2012, 05:19 AM   #1
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My local brew shop (A.K.A. "My dealer", as the SWMBO calls it) is closing up, and getting grains is going to turn from a short trip after work to a whole-day thing. To minimize the hassle I've decided to get a grain mill and buy grain in bulk so that I can just buy it one or twice a year.

The question is, what grain will I need to buy? I obviously will need to buy a sack at a time of 2-row/pale/marris/pilsner type malt. As the same time, I doubt if I'll work my way through a whole sack of roast barley. So I'm trying to get a list of about half a dozen grains to stock regularly that I can supplement as necessary by small shipments. I make primarily pale ales (APA, IPA, EIPA) with the occasional Oktoberfest, and brown beer (Northern Brown, Brown Porter, Stout) For purposes of this discussion lets assume I can get amounts of 1 sack or 5Kilos (11lbs) at a time.

I think I would need this:
1. Marris Otter - sack
2. Light Munich - sack
3. Light crystal (15L) - 5kg
4. Medium crystal (50L) - 5kg
5. Wheat - 5kg
6. Biscuit/Victory 5Kg

The question is, is there anything you would add/change on this list? What grains do you regularly stock yourself?
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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First of all, take a deep breath and relax. Consider a few things.

Would your local LHB shop that is closing offer you some of their local contacts so you can do a group purchase?

Consider what you like to drink. Purchase your base malt based on that and build from there.

Always keep in mind the formation of a local purchasing club.


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I always maintain a sack of pilsner malt, half sack of Munich, wheat, and Vienna malt because of my beer styles I brew. Then I also have crystal 60 and 40 around in 5lb increments. Then roasted barley and chocolate in 1 lb increments.

Its all in what you brew. Don't stock up on grains that you won't use. Plan out your next few beers and go from there.
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First of all, take a deep breath and relax. Consider a few things.

Would your local LHB shop that is closing offer you some of their local contacts so you can do a group purchase?

Consider what you like to drink. Purchase your base malt based on that and build from there.

Always keep in mind the formation of a local purchasing club.
Maybe I should rephrase a bit: I've been wanting to buy a mill and mill my own grain for a while, and now that the LHBS is closing I have a good excuse to.

As far as "local contacts", they've already done that. Unfortunately, we have a total of two or three malt importers in the entire country, so "local" still means a half-day's drive. Hence the question. I figured I tend to make a fairly limited number of styles (at least for the next year I'll be focusing primarily on pale ales) so it's easier just to stock up.
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My local brew shop (A.K.A. "My dealer", as the SWMBO calls it) is closing up, and getting grains is going to turn from a short trip after work to a whole-day thing. To minimize the hassle I've decided to get a grain mill and buy grain in bulk so that I can just buy it one or twice a year.

The question is, what grain will I need to buy? I obviously will need to buy a sack at a time of 2-row/pale/marris/pilsner type malt. As the same time, I doubt if I'll work my way through a whole sack of roast barley. So I'm trying to get a list of about half a dozen grains to stock regularly that I can supplement as necessary by small shipments. I make primarily pale ales (APA, IPA, EIPA) with the occasional Oktoberfest, and brown beer (Northern Brown, Brown Porter, Stout) For purposes of this discussion lets assume I can get amounts of 1 sack or 5Kilos (11lbs) at a time.

I think I would need this:
1. Marris Otter - sack
2. Light Munich - sack
3. Light crystal (15L) - 5kg
4. Medium crystal (50L) - 5kg
5. Wheat - 5kg
6. Biscuit/Victory 5Kg

The question is, is there anything you would add/change on this list? What grains do you regularly stock yourself?
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Sack of two row
5 kg or sack of pilsner
5 kg Vienna
5 kg chocolate
5 kg roasted barley
Maybe the odd lb or two of caramunich, carapils, caravienne.
Light DME
Rice hulls if you use em

Just some ideas based on my inventory. I make somewhat similar beers.

Oh and get yourself some food grade plastic buckets from lowes/HD/grocer (I have since transferred these sacks to buckets):

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I buy base grain in bulk. I make toasted grains from 10-175 Lovibond in my oven. So chocolate, black patent and roasted barley require a trip to the LHBS. I almost never use Crystal, but I could make it if I really wanted to.

KPR121's list looks a lot like what I would do. If I were you, I'd buy whatever base grains and dark roasts you use regularly, plus the cheapest 2-row you could find to make specialty grains out of. I'd also stock up on high-alpha hops to bitter with and on bottle caps.
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50# of 2-row.
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Sack of two row
5 kg or sack of pilsner
5 kg Vienna
5 kg chocolate
5 kg roasted barley
Maybe the odd lb or two of caramunich, carapils, caravienne.
Light DME
Rice hulls if you use em

Just some ideas based on my inventory. I make somewhat similar beers.

Oh and get yourself some food grade plastic buckets from lowes/HD/grocer (I have since transferred these sacks to buckets):

A case of Hop Stoopid!!! That is one rockin beer.
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I keep 2 row and munich on hand by the bag
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I keep 2 row and munich on hand by the bag
In bulk (pet food containers) I keep:

Maris Otter
American 2 row
Munich
Belgian pils

I buy the rest of the grains in one pound increments as I need them, but I probably have 25 kinds in some quantity.

I also store vacuum sealed in a chest freezer about a dozen hop varieties I buy in one pound bags from Puterbaugh farms

For yeast, I normally stock US05, S04, and Nottingham

Everything is tracked on index cards to make shopping easy


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