A few months ago, the producer of our standard malt extracts, Munton’s, changed their packaging from a 15 kg. jug to a 25 kg. bag-in-a-box. While the changeover was occurring, they stopped shipping bulk malt to our supplier, Crosby & Baker, who consequently ran out of their stock. Which of course meant we at the Market ran out as well. Many of you came in to buy bulk extract in April, May and June only to find we had none. We finally got some of the new packages in July, and they are not what we hoped. They are heavy, unwieldy and just not practical for our space. The good news is, C&B is now carrying Briess malt extract in bulk jugs similar to what we used to get from Munton’s, so we are transitioning to Briess. There are a couple of advantages. Briess is a domestic malting company, using US and Canadian-grown grains instead of British. This means it is fresher, generally, and less expensive as well. You will see the bulk syrups go down from $2.39/lb. to $2.09/lb.
We will also be moving to carry Briess Dry Malt extracts, which will reflect similar price decreases. We will still carry Munton’s extracts in cans, and can special order Munton’s DME (or Cooper’s) if that’s what you prefer, but it makes sense to only carry one brand on a regular basis, given our space and storage limits.
Let me know what you think!
-Scott, the Home Brew Guru