From the HBD Archive
From: "Lance "Yardbird" Smith" <lsmith@umn-cs.cs.umn.edu>
Subject: Table of Mail Order Extract Prices
Date: 1989-02-02 22:31:11 GMT

Since I am a founding member of CARMAL (CAmpaign for Real MAiL) I have a
tendency to send away for anything that is advertised as free. Thus I have
a lot of homebrew mail order catalogs which I browse through every time
I feel like making up some alt gueuze choke cherry oatmeal pilsener.

My type A side overcame my type B side recently and I compiled a list
of mail order stores and the prices they charged for 7 popular extracts
or extract kits. Since there's been some grumbling about extract prices
on the news letter and in rec.food.drink about prices for extract I
figure yunz (as we used to say in Pittsburgh) could make do with this
list.

Before I start I need to get some weaseling (disclaimers) out of the way:

1) I do not work for or represent any of these stores. I do business with
two of them (one for prices and one because of service) but I'm not
going to identify either of these.

2) Prices are from catalogs received within the last 3 months. Prices
may have changed or I may have made errors compiling the list. Use
these prices only as lower limits. Get a catalog and check all prices
before ordering. Also remember good service is just as important as
price.

3) Prices do not reflect shipping costs. Although most stores are fair
in charging for shipping increased distances can greatly affect
the price you pay for a product. There are also some stores which
I feel charge unfair amounts for shipping. Again check all costs
before ordering.

4) Quality may vary from store to store. That's why I haven't included
hops or grains here. Good hops are worth extra money and although
grains seem less perishable you should buy small orders before
you commit to large shipments from any store.

5) Extracts sampled were selected on the basis of how many stores
carried them. Some stores may appear to have a small selection
because they do not carry the items I picked. Again these
samples do not represent the full selections available at any store
so try to get as many catalogs as possible.

6) I make no claims about the quality of any of the extracts listed.

7) I do not want to list addresses. All are available in recent issues
of Zymurgy magazine. If you really must get an address contact me
by e-mail (lsmith@umn-cs.cs.umn.edu). I've tried to include as
many catalogs as possible. If they're not listed they probably
didn't send me a catalog.

OK Now that I have reduced my liability here are the products sampled.

1) Coopers (Aus) Stout Kit
2) Mountmellick (Ire) Stout Kit
3) Munton & Fison (UK) Old Ale Kit
4) Alexander's (USA) Pale Malt Extract
5) Ireks (Ger) Any of the 6.6 lb plain extracts
6) Edme (UK) DMS extract (3.varies can)
7) John Bull (UK) plain extract (pale or dark)

Store Zip 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Bacchus & Barleyc. 66202 9.98 8.69 8.25 18.98 7.69 7.69
Beer Gear 48909 8.40 8.75 6.90 7.95 18.95 6.25
Beer & Wine Hobby 01880 10.95 10.95 8.45 9.95 19.95 7.95 7.75
Brewhaus 37921 9.60 9.80 8.30 8.00 17.98 8.50 7.05
Cellar, The 98133 10.95 8.75 7.99 19.95 8.50 8.25
Country Wines 15237 10.95 10.95 9.25 11.95 22.50 8.25 7.95
FH Steinbart Co 97214 10.95 8.25 6.50 18.95 7.25 7.25
Great Ferm-San Raf 94901 10.95 7.95 22.95 8.95 7.50
Great Ferm-San Ros 95439 9.95 8.95 11.95 9.95
Green Acres 55733 7.81 6.45 15.90 6.27 5.94
Home Brewery, The 92335 9.95 9.95 8.75 6.95 19.95 7.50 7.50
Jasper's Homebrew 03051 9.35 8.25 17.10 7.40
Koeppl's 60008 8.95 6.75
Life Tools Co-op 54301 9.00 7.00 8.00 16.50 6.50 6.00
Purple Foot 53227 9.25 8.95 7.75 8.25
Speedy's 48107 8.50 6.25 8.00
S & R 13760 8.95 7.45 9.25 17.25 7.25 6.75
Wine & Hop Shop 53709 10.95 10.95 10.50 19.95 7.95 7.25
Winemaker's Mkt 50674 8.95 6.45 6.95 16.45 7.15 5.65
Winmaking Shoppe 60554 9.85 8.47 6.67 10.05 17.09 6.92 5.70

There you go. Hoppy brewing (or malty brewing if you insist).

Lance "Extracter" Smith

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