Grains by the lb can generally be had for a reasonable price. They also generally qualify for free and flat rate shipping when a retailer offers that. Full 50 or 55 lb sacks of malt are another story altogether. The per lb price of sacks can be tempting, but shipping charges can be confiscatory.
Bulk Malt Deal Tips and Tricks
Look at Total Cost
Price per lb delivered to your door is the most important thing when it comes to value. Biting on a low cost sack of grain with high shipping is equally as bad as biting on a high cost sack of grain with free shipping. Compare total cost. If free or flat rate shipping is an option always makes sure to put together an order that qualifies for discounted shipping.
Deals can periodically found on Amazon
Offerings and prices can vary wildly, but it’s worth a quick look when it comes time to buying grain.
Look for a shop in the same general geographic location. It makes sense that shipping from one state away would cost less than shipping across the country. This isn’t always the case, but it’s a good place to start.
Try the following shops, each has general geographic area to help…
- Malt at MoreBeer – California, Pennsylvania
- Grains by the Bag at Adventures in Homebrewing – Michigan, Texas
- Malt at William’s Brewing – California
- Bulk Grain at Great Fermentations – Indiana
- Grain at Keg Connection – Texas
- Grain at High Gravity Fermentations – Oklahoma
- Grain at homebrewsupply.com – Texas
- Grain at fermentednj.com – New Jersey
- Homebrewer’s Outpost – California, Pennsylvania
10 lb Bags at William’s Brewing
Williams Brewing has select malt available in 10 lb bags. These qualify for their free or flat shipping. Buy 5 x 10 lb bags and you have the equivalent of a sack of grain.
A Reliably Good Deal
This is a reliably good deal if you live in the contiguous US…
Deal on All Grain Kits
Adventures in Homebrewing discounts seasonal homebrew beer recipe kits by 20%. Selections include both all grain and extract options. Shipping is free to many US addresses with a qualifying order.
Make a Friend, Get a Great Deal on Grain
Make friends with your local brewery or brew pub and they just might let you purchase grain from them a great price.
Bulk Grain Storage Options
- Vittles Vault Airtight Stackable Pet Food Container – popular for grain storage – via Amazon – Hands on Review
- Gamma Seal Lids via Amazon – works with standard 5 gallon buckets. The base stays installed on the bucket and the lid spins off easily and has an airtight seal. No more prying off bucket lids. My estimate for storage capacity is about 5 lbs per gallon. So, a 5 gallon bucket holds about 25 lbs of grain. That’s an estimate.
- Resource Post: Storage Options! – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME
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