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I am starting to move beyond kits and wanting to do recipes posted here. My issue is figuring out the steeping grains. My LHBS sells the grains in 1 lb bags. Many recipes call for 0.5 lb or 0.75 lb.

Do most of you buy the 1 lb and toss the left over? I would hate to be that wasteful. What else do you all do?
 

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Measure out what you need an store the rest for later recipes. It would probably be worthwhile to get a scale if you don't already have one.
 
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I don't have a crusher or mill. So, do I try and weigh the grains at the LHBS and then crush them? Then save the uncrushed...
 

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I don't have a crusher or mill. So, do I try and weigh the grains at the LHBS and then crush them? Then save the uncrushed...
That's what you'd have to do.

I'd either find a new LHBS, where they let you buy what you need, or order online.

Some of my darker beers call just for an ounce or two of dark grains. I use 2 ounces of chocolate malt in some, 6 ounces of black barley in others. I'd be unhappy if I had to buy a whole pound all the time.
 

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My LHBS allows me to buy exactly the ammount I need and crushes it there for me, I just have to put it a steeping bag later on. Im surprised that you dont have a better LHBS.
 

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Most good LHBS will allow you to measure exactly what you need. If you dont plan to use all of the grains and save some for later, I would purchase a cheap Corona Style Grain Mill off of ebay and crush the grains you are using yourself. That way the uncrushed grains will stay fresh longer.
 

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+1 I think it's worth while to buy a cheap mill. Grind what you need to each batch. Store the rest away for future use. You ensure fresh crushed grains and little/no waste.
 
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I am fairly new so my LHBS may have that customer service. I just saw the 1 lb bags and assumed you needed to buy in that quantity. The next time I am there I will have to ask.
 

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I but the pound and put the leftover in a bag for another time. Of course if you use it .75 lbs at a time you'll need 3 lbs to get 4 batches.
 
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