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. The same is true for sacks of grain. The real issue comes when you add on shipping. 50 or 55 lbs of grain is… heavy. Shipping charges can add up.
An Illustration of the Problem:
An unnamed online homebrew shop ran a grain sale. Discounting sacks of grain.
- A bag of a certain brand of two row malt was marked down to $48.44… Great, that’s a good price!
- To slowest/cheapest available shipping option was…. $71.22 to my address and… I’m in the same region as this shop.
- That’s a total of $119.66. That’s not good, in fact it’s bad. That’s almost double the (current, can change quickly) price of one option I outline in this article.
- We can do a lot better.
- This article offerings tips, tricks and sources to help you source bulk malt at the best price.
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.
- This link searches for “malt” within the Homebrewing & Wine Making category and limits results to Prime eligible and Amazon as the seller
- This link searches for “rahr malt” within the Homebrewing & Wine Making category and limits results to Prime eligible and Amazon as the seller
- This link searches for “weyermann malt” within the Homebrewing & Wine Making category and limits results to Prime eligible and Amazon as the seller
- This link searches for “simpsons malt” within the Homebrewing & Wine Making category and limits results to Prime eligible and Amazon as the seller
- This link searches for “crisp malt” within the Homebrewing & Wine Making category and limits results to Prime eligible and Amazon as the seller
- Search 50 lb malt
- Search 55 lb malt
- Search sack malt
Offerings we’ve featured in the past
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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
- Grain at Delta Brewing – Illinois
- Malt at William’s Brewing – California
- Bulk Grain at Great Fermentations – Indiana
- Grain at High Gravity Fermentations – Oklahoma
- Homebrewer’s Outpost – California, Pennsylvania
- Malt at Beer & Wine Hobby – Massachusetts
- Malt at Label Peelers – Ohio
- Malt at Austin Homebrew – Ships from Minnesota
- Malt at Adventures in Homebrewing – Ships from Minnesota
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.
10 lb Offerings at MoreBeer
Most 10 lb offerings at MoreBeer qualifying for free shipping to addresses in the contiguous US. Buy 5 x 10 lb bags and you have the equivalent of a sack of grain.
Volume Savings on 5 lb Malt Offerings at MoreBeer
When you purchase 6+ 5lb bags of the same grain MoreBeer will apply a volume discount. You can see this discount on each product page.
Malt Deal at MoreBeer! < filters to show malts that have 5 lb offerings, sorts by popularity
Deal on All Grain Kits
Adventures in Homebrewing and Austin Homebrew Supply both discount 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.
- AIH: 20% Off Seasonal All Grain Kits | 20% Off Seasonal Extract Kits
- AHS: 20% Off Seasonal All Grain Kits | 20% Off Seasonal Extract Kits
Kit of the Week
MoreBeer’s Kit of the Week gets you a 20% discount and always includes an All Grain option.
Check out this week’s Kit of the Week – remember coupon code KOTW
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 affiliate link, note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link – 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
Vittles Vault Review!
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