cheap extract sources? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > cheap extract sources?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-24-2008, 05:38 AM   #1
chemist308
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Poconos, PA
Posts: 239
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



So, I don't like the idea of brewing a batch for $50. That said, two 3# bags of extract can run you close to $30 or $40 depending on where you buy them. Where do you get your best online deals for extract? I'm seeing grape.net running about $12.5 for a 3# bag of Muntons. So with two of those plus a few specialty grains, a small amount of hops and the yeast and I'm hiting over $50 with the shipping to brew one batch. Does it come any cheaper or am I being a real cheapskate here?


 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 05:41 AM   #2
bradsul
Flyfisherman/brewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
bradsul's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,898
Liked 32 Times on 25 Posts


About the only way to save money on extract is to buy in bulk. If you switch to partial mashing you can offset a bunch of the extract cost by mashing grains and you can probably do it with minimal equipment purchase (if any).
__________________
Brad
Canadian Brewers Unite!


Projects: Sylvania Kegerator Conversion, Tower Cooling, Grain Milling Station

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 05:56 AM   #3
Ridemywideglide
 
Ridemywideglide's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Montrose, CO
Posts: 261
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Forgive me, but I'm cheap too.. expand on grape.net please..

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 06:29 AM   #4
BeachBumDeac
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 38

I'm also interested in finding places to get extract... Austin Homebrew Supply has DME for about $1.50 less per # than my LHBS, but I don't know if that's enough to make up for shipping costs (plus, I like supporting local businesses).

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 06:32 AM   #5
BlindLemonLars
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Posts: 4,474
Liked 27 Times on 25 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by chemist308
So, I don't like the idea of brewing a batch for $50. That said, two 3# bags of extract can run you close to $30 or $40 depending on where you buy them. Where do you get your best online deals for extract? I'm seeing grape.net running about $12.5 for a 3# bag of Muntons. So with two of those plus a few specialty grains, a small amount of hops and the yeast and I'm hiting over $50 with the shipping to brew one batch. Does it come any cheaper or am I being a real cheapskate here?
Well, you can do a little better at MoreBeer or AHS...$3.75 and $3.99 a pound for DME. Buying in bulk will get the price down to around $3.00. Or switch to LME ($2.40, $2.59 per lb) although you have to use more of it to achieve the same OG.

Are you using liquid yeast? If so, consider switching to dry for some styles. You can save several dollars a batch that way, and modern dry yeasts give spectacular results with any style that calls for clean, neutral fermentation.

As you're surely aware, brewing all-grain drastically reduces the per-batch price, most of my beers come in around $20 each. Obviously there are many other advantages as well, although I know it's not practical for some due to limitations of their living situation. But as bradsul pointed out, even partial mashing will save you a few $$$ and is well within the reach of just about everybody.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 07:16 AM   #6
rabidgerbil
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
rabidgerbil's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Seattle, Washington
Posts: 1,023
Liked 39 Times on 39 Posts


consider harvesting your yeast from batch to batch to save even more money.
I get at least five batches from a single smack pack of yeast.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigjohnmilford
+1 don't argue with a rabid gerbil

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 07:21 AM   #7
The Bone2
 
The Bone2's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Sacramento
Posts: 93

My LHBS has most kits for less than $30.00, that come with the dry yeast. Add $6.00 for the liquid.

Higher gravity beers more, sure.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 08:01 AM   #8
DeathBrewer
Maniacally Malty
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
DeathBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Oakland, CA
Posts: 21,790
Liked 269 Times on 134 Posts


i'd go for the partial mashing. for pseudo mashing, all you need is a colander and you can do it in 3 easy steps.

1. steep your mash in 1.25 quarts of 150-160*F water for 30+ minutes
2. pour grains and water through colander into brewpot
3. pour some sparge water at 170*F over the colander (still filled with grains) into brewpot

add water to your boil limit, and BAM! you're ready for your boil. plus you've just improved the flavor of your beer and lessened the effects of extract twang.

__________________
Easy Partial Mash Brewing - Stovetop All-Grain Brewing

"Death is always with us." - Brewpastor

Quote:
DIAICYLF
We will remember...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 01:36 PM   #9
TinmanDan
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Chicago Surburbs
Posts: 33

I'm in the same camp as you are -- extract is expensive, no matter where you look for it (especially if you don't have the $$ or the space for a bulk purchase. However, my cheater's solution is to buy the Brewer's Best (or similar brand) ingredient kits.

A 3.3# can of extract may run $13-$16, so by buying two, you're up to around $25-$30, approximately...and you still need to buy yeast, hops, etc. However, since the kits run between $30-$40 (less if you buy them online) and include more than just extract, I simply find the kit that has the extract I need, and then save the superfluous ingredients for future brews.

I just did this last night, in fact. Picked up a kit for American Pale Ale, in which the hops and extract matched what I needed for a Black Cherry Ale recipe. I spent about what I would have spent on extract alone, and I have a pound of crystal malt, extra hops, and a bunch of bottle caps that I can use later on. Works for me!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 02:05 PM   #10
balto charlie
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
balto charlie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2005
Md
Posts: 801
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts


Northern Brewer has good extract at decent prices, 13.50/6lbs. Here's a link
http://www.northernbrewer.com/malt-extract.html


 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oat ale and a couple of sources santosvega Recipes/Ingredients 6 09-18-2012 11:23 AM
Where to find cheap extract kits? Patton191 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 02-17-2009 04:32 AM
Oak Barrel Sources?? bluespook Mead Forum 3 07-17-2008 10:42 PM
Cheap malt extract? Reverend JC Extract Brewing 12 07-31-2006 02:17 AM
Sources and Methods BeerSlinger Bottling/Kegging 4 07-19-2006 06:42 PM


Forum Jump