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Old 11-07-2007, 08:54 PM   #1
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I just got my Grain Miil today and was wondering if anyone is interested in a group buy.

Conversely I wonder if the savings are worth the extra hassle.

So any advise or opinions from anyone who's done this type of thing before would also be welcomed.

Such as would I be better off joining a club or just buying in bulk from my LHBS.

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:28 PM   #2
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If I had a mill I would be interested. How much are you looking at a sack locally?

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:36 PM   #3
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I too may be interested if we can set up a day or two in the future to come by and crush the grain until I get a mill of my own =) What side of HOTlanta are you on?

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:46 PM   #4
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Conversely I wonder if the savings are worth the extra hassle.

So any advise or opinions from anyone who's done this type of thing before would also be welcomed.
I put together a group buy back in the summer. To answer your question if it's worth the hassle, it depends. How much grain do you forsee using in the next 6-12 months? What are the prices for a 50# bag of 2-row from your LHBS?

I figured that I would use 6-8 bags within a 6-8 month time frame. My LHBS was charging $61 out the door with tax for 2-row. By doing a grain buy from NorthCountry, I got my Domestic 2-row Pale for something like $24 a bag. I'd say that was a pretty good savings. Prices are a little higher now, but if you can get enough people interested to fill a pallet (60 bags) it works out in the long run. They give you a discount if you fill out the pallet and the shipping charges worked out to just a few dollars per bag. I ended up taking 11 bags to help fill out the order and am still sitting on 7 bags unopened plus what I have in plastic storage bins.

If I could do it over, I would probably take a few fewer bags, and try to order in another 6 months. It also meant I had to lay out $350 in advance, but I figure that it was worth the savings.

I would also suggest trying to get in touch with any of the local brew clubs to see if they do bulk buys. After we had ours up and rolling, I found that one of the local clubs puts one together every 6 months or so. I had just missed their last order, but will be going with them next time around as they ended up filling out 2 pallets.
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Old 11-08-2007, 01:06 AM   #5
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Beerfic: I don't know exactly but est. around $50-$55 for a 50# sack. Could be more could be less, as I understand the prices are going up as the value of the $ goes down.

Nobes: I be happy to let anyone involved have use of my mill. And was thinking about a central location inside the perimeter for distribution. But I'm 40 minutes south of ATL airport so it'd be quite a haul for most folks just to mill 10# or so.

Jdoiv: Thank you, for all the info. Better than 1/2 off is pretty good savings. I'd researched it a while back. And knew a grain mill would save me some $ but had forgotten the exact numbers. Also good suggestion to check out all the Local clubs. Thanks again.


I've got a post on another forum where I understand they are putting together a group buy here in the ATL but don't have any info yet. If I find out more I'll post it on this forum. I'm figuring I'd like 4 bags but I'd take more if I had to. So if 14 more people took 4 bag or 28 people took 2 or any combo it's doable.
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Old 11-08-2007, 01:27 PM   #6
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It looks like posting a message on Brew Board about a group buy is a violation of their policies. I didn't see it on the Statement I had to agree to but it's appearently in their official policies but not their agreement statement. Unless I just missed it which is certainly possible.

So anyway my post was deleted and I was sent a warning PM.

On the off chance I get any more Info out of that forum I'll post it here.
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:22 PM   #7
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As far as location for distribution goes, they will drop the pallet off at any business location, or you can pick it up at the freight terminal. We picked ours up at the freight terminal and then took it to one of the guys houses for distribution.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:23 PM   #8
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On a related note does anyone know how long you can store grain before it starts to not be so good?

I'm no where near ATL but the idea of buying in bulk is starting to look like a good idea!

 
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I live down in Newnan, and I usually get my grain through inhbc.org, but it is quite a haul to get up to marietta and on this last buy acworth. A pain but if you can buy enough to last half ths year its worth it. I work every weekend so its hard to do the club thing, but their site is good for keeping up.

 
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I live down in Newnan, and I usually get my grain through inhbc.org, but it is quite a haul to get up to marietta and on this last buy acworth. A pain but if you can buy enough to last half ths year its worth it. I work every weekend so its hard to do the club thing, but their site is good for keeping up.
I'm trying to get in on a group buy. I want a couple of bags of US 2-row. If anyone knows of a group buy, please post about it.

 
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