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Ed Fleming (192.250.112.194)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 03:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I usually just buy my grains for two or three batches at a time (5 gallons). Now that I have a new barley crusher I will be buying more to keep around incase an unplanned brewing attack hits.
I am going to the LHBS tomorrow for a 55lb bag of 2row. 10lb of Crystal... maybe 5lb of Munich and Vienna... Probably some chocolate…
What do you guys keep on hand?
 

Brandon Dachel (63.238.222.190)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 04:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I try to keep everything on hand. My LHBS is an hour away so I try to stock up on everything I need. Lots of 2 row, lots of wheat, some crystal, some flaked barley, some roast barley, a bit of vienna and a good amount of munich. And lately I've been grabbing some rye as well - man I love the taste of that stuff.
 

Beerboy (81.134.124.40)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 04:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maris otter, crystal, chocolate, black, wheat and roast barley. On top of this I make sure I have white and brown sugar and LOTS of hops.
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 04:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Right now I have..
1 sack Great Western 2 row pale
1 sack GW light Munich
1.5 sack Fawcett Maris Otter
1 sack Dusrt pils
1 sack Durst light Munich
5 lb. crystal 60
5 lb. CaraMunich 80
2 lb. chocolate
2 lb. roasted barley
10 lb. dark Munich
several lb. assorted Special B, aromatic, and bicuit
3 lb. Briess Special Roast

I know there's more, but that's all I can remember...
 

Michael (209.165.22.71)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 04:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Same boat as Brandon - LHBS a bit of a drive.

2-row, wheat, munich - large quantities (I went through more munich than I realized, and now just get a 55# sack).

10#'s, or so of specialty grains (crystal, choc. malt, etc.). You know, it ain't bad to have some cara-pils and flaked barley around, either.

Cheers.
 

Hophead (167.4.1.38)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 04:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

DC, wow...

Ed, that's a good mix.

I'd say it would be hard to get a concensus, as it's dependent on each brewer's favorite style. A stout/porter brewer will carry different than a pilsner/CAP brewer... In general, what you listed is pretty common. Sack of base 2-row, with smaller amounts of crystal, toasted, and roasted grains...

I like to experiment between the same type grain from different maltsters, so I'll get a sack of marris otter and a sack of breiss/great western, and make the same brew to compare the flavor differences... Not a big crystal fan, so I stick with the caravienne/munich grains.
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 05:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Currently I have on stock:

1 sack Crisp Maris Otter
1 sack Gambrinus Munich
Dregs of a sack of Budvar undermodified (sniff)
Dregs of a sack of MFB dark Munich
8 lbs. 2-row pale
~15 lbs. wheat malt
12 lbs. aromatic
5 lbs. cara-pils
3 lbs. 60°L crystal
3 lbs. caravienne
2 lbs. caramunich
2 lbs. roast barley
4 lbs. Czech dark crystal
4 lbs. Czech light crystal

And a pound or less of 20°, 80°L, 120°L, 135°L crystal, pale chocolate, chocolate, debittered black, honey, biscuit, Special B, and amber.

Nearest LHBS = 85 miles.

Damn! Looks like I need to buy more pils.
 

danno (207.225.86.219)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 04:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I like to keep a pils malt and Golden Promise in quantity. When I buy specialty grains, I just buy a couple of pounds extra. That way I have a little bit of every thing around to do what I want with the two base malts. When I need anothe base malt, I just buy a sack of it and plan a few bres with it.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 04:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I pick em up as i use em...
Although i think i have like 5 pounds of 2 row left over...

Walt
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Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 06:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Walt gets his delivered by semi...
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 07:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Haha!!!
Yea.. i just split an order with the local brewery..;>
Beeep....beep...
Yea back em up right here..;>

Walt
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Dave Witt (205.188.208.75)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 07:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Denny, I thought you brewed mostly 5 gal batches. Thats a lot of malt for a 5 gal brewer. How long will this stock last you?

BTW, I have a sack of Briess pale ale, and 1# bags of some various specialty grains, choc., roast, black, etc.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 08:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yea.. but he brews every week..;>
Go Denny GO!!

Just installed a 3rd faucet today :)

Walt
Lama Brewery
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Bob McCouch (68.32.206.76)
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I generally try to keep a good supply of British 2-row, some wheat, my commonly used crystals, and light Munich, since I often throw some in to add a little body and maltiness to a number of recipes.

I'm low right now, I just brewed today and need to stock up the 2-row before the next session, but I may typically have something like:

1-2 sacks British 2-row
15-20 lbs wheat
5 lbs Light Munich
3 lbs 60L Crystal
and a pound here and there of Roasted, Choc, 40L and 120L crystal, etc.
 

Fredrik (213.114.44.229)
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 06:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've currently only got

~1 lbs of each: munich, pale ale, middle dark DME, wheat
11 s-type airlocks
6 spare airlock microphones
spare coax microphone cable

Going to visit my LHBS soon.

/Fredrik
 

Russ (68.162.142.175)
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 06:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

None! I buy for the batch...

Speaking of which, maybe some brewing should happen soon, as my beer supply is getting low...
 

Jim Layton (4.72.25.211)
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 02:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I keep sacks of my two favorite base malts, Weyermann pils and HB MO pale ale. Aside from that, several types of crystal and roasted malts. I usually need to buy more stuff for the next brew but I try to plan ahead a few batches and minimize trips to my not so LHBS.
 

Denny Conn (64.28.55.249)
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 05:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dave, I do usually only brew 5 agl. 8 at most except for the once a year BW brew. The malt stash (and mill) is shared with a brew buddy and we like to keep enough on hand to be able to just whip it out as the mood arises (have a field day with that one, guys!) :)

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