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Old 01-08-2009, 07:38 PM   #1
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I have recently paid off some land, so have some extra cash flow until I find a better need for it. I'm thinking I might as well stock up on grains & hops. I've got a good in on deals for base grains, so I'll stock 2-row, MO, wheat, and pilsner. My question is:

I really brew a lot of different stuff. I haven't been brewing long enough to have 10 or 12 I do over & over, I actually only have 4 or 5 so far I brew a lot of. What grains does everybody keep around? I have storage space so I can go ahead & get 5 lbs of this or 10 lbs of that. ...but do I really need 5 or 10 lbs of peat smoked malt or rye malt?

What do ya'll keep in stock besides crystal & vienna & the normal stuff?

Hops will be coming from hops direct & fresh hops, specialty grains will be coming from the cheapest source.

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Old 01-08-2009, 07:47 PM   #2
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I haven't started stockpiling grains yet. Besides a few different shades of crystal malt, I'd personally keep some Chocolate, Black Patent and Roast Barley around for those darker beers. I'd probably also have a fair amount of wheat, carapils, or whatever other grain that you might use specifically for head retention.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:04 PM   #3
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I thought you said you were going to start sending me a couple hundred per month to help with my brew ventures.... Maybe I was mistaken.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:12 PM   #4
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Bull,

I would, but you had to go post up that dorky car!

You could come help me brew.......

 
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
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FWIW I always *try* to have a sack of 2-row, a sack of MO, 20# each of Vienna, Munich, Pils, and Wheat.

After that I always make sure I have at least 1-3# of Crystal 20/60/90, chocolate, biscuit, aromatic, special b, rye, cara-pils, roasted barley & black patent and then I always seem to have random amounts of stuff like caramunich, caravienne, carafa II, carafa III and special roast.

That's way too much crap, I know, but I like to be able to brew pretty much whatever crazy idea I get and not have to wait for grain to come. Speaking of which, I need to place a grain order...
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:48 PM   #6
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Another question:

How big a container do I need to put a 5 lb bag in? How about a 10 or 20 lb bag?

I'll be using an old chest freezer for the bulk grains. Don't worry, its broken.

Ohio, thats what I'm thinking, having enough stuff around so I can brew whenever I get a chance. Right now if I pick my stuff up, its a 4 hour round trip, plus the lead time to order it.

I'd like to get to where I can brew most anything I want, but not have grains sitting around here for a year, although I have let them sit in paper bags for months with no ill effects, even crushed.

 
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:54 PM   #7
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FWIW, here are my thoughts, in no particular order.

You've already listed the base malts. +1 to Munich and Vienna. I keep 2-row, Pils, wheat malt, light Munich and Vienna.

I always keep British Crystal (~55L) and Special B on hand, because I have yet to find a combination of crystals I can't mimic with those. Okay, a pound of 10L Crystal is something I can't approximate, but nothing I make calls for that.

Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Carafa II and Black Patent. Different dark beers call for different roasted malts and combinations thereof.

I toast pale malt if I want the flavor of Biscuit or Aromatic; it's different, but I prefer the characteristics of freshly-toasted pale malt.

CaraPils isn't necessary if you're mashing; you can adjust the saccharification rest for body-building dextrins and add a small amount of wheat if you're having problems with foam retention.

Turbinado sugar. A very slight color & flavor addition if used in quantity, gravity boost, and carbonation sugar source, all in a 2 lb box from the grocery.

I like to challenge myself to make the widest possible variety of beer with the fewest ingredients. That's why none of my recipes involve singular grains; there's at least two in the library that use an ingredient. Moreover, the two that use the singular ingredient - Oatmeal Stout and Witbier - have the added benefit that the ingredient is something I can pick up at any corner grocery (flaked oats).

Wait - I tell a lie. I have one recipe that uses an exlcusive ingredient - my 1950s Brooklyn Lager calls for flaked corn. One unique ingredient in two dozen tried and true recipes? I can live with that.

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Another question:

How big a container do I need to put a 5 lb bag in? How about a 10 or 20 lb bag?
I've heard that a 50# bag fills two home depot Homer Buckets. So 25# in one 5 gallon bucket, I'd venture to say roughly about 5# per gallon.
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DUH! I read that on here, didnt even think of it.

So I reckon 3 or 4 5 lb bags would fit in a bucket. That might work, I was looking for airtight canisters.

 
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If you are going to be in the DC area we are going to be doing a group buy. Just to let you know
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