Grain Buy – Fall 2017

The GTA Brews Fall 2017 Grain Buy is now open!

Thanks again to Toronto Brewing for hosting, please make sure to give them your love and make some purchases on pick up day! Don’t forget, now they deliver your online order to breweries all over Toronto for FREE!

All questions should be emailed to

Key Dates

Sign Up Open: Friday Sept 15th, 2017
Sign Up Close: Tuesday Oct 10th, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Tuesday, Oct 17th, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday, Oct 27th, 2017
Main Pick Up Date: Saturday Oct 28th, 2017 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm)

Click here to go to the spreadsheet

Please read through the text below before adding your order to the sheet.

How It Works

DO NOT contact Toronto Brewing with questions about the Grain Buy, all questions go to They are busy people and are doing us a favour here, no need to give them more work than necessary.

The grain buy for Members only, but if you are reading this post you are already a member. For more details on GTA Brews Paid Membership please visit the membership page.

If you want to organize splits, then please do so on the partial page. Do not put fractions of bags on the main page, whole numbers only.  Prices are subject to change as the
deadline approaches and we are informed of any last minute changes. Certain items may not be in stock, the sheet will be kept updated as out of stock items are removed closer to the deadline.

Gift Cards
In order to support our generous host Toronto Brewing, we have worked out a system where each item has a set amount added to their cost, which will be refunded in the form of gift cards to Toronto Brewing (lovingly referred to as ZackBucks). This way our club members can still effectively buy grain at-cost, but TB gets some guaranteed business for hosting. Country Malt grain sacks have $10 added, BSG grain sacks have $5 added, yeast packets have $1 added, and yeast bricks/misc have $10 added. For partials, only Name 1 will be the person getting the gift card, since that person is the split captain for that bag.

The gift cards will be emailed out after the bulk buy is complete, the codes are not able to be used on the pick up day. Please be patient when waiting for gift cards, and don’t start emailing immediately after the buy pick up asking for your gift card. They will be sent out as soon as possible, we promise.

All bags must be picked up by the end of the pick up window. No orders will be stored at Toronto Brewing if you can’t make it. Arrange to have someone pick up for you, or remove your order before the sign up closes. Make sure to inform if someone is picking up for you.

Please do not message on or after the day Sign Up closes asking to be added to the order, once the sheet is locked it is too late. Also be sure to double check your order to make sure you didn’t mistakenly order the wrong thing, or someone accidentally added something to your column. If you accidentally order a wrong bag of something, you are responsible for paying for it.


Once Sign Up is closed, and the sheet is locked, we will begin accepting payments. Please send payments in the form of EMT or Paypal to gtabrews@gmail.comAny orders left unpaid after the payment deadline will be deleted, then the order submitted. When sending via Paypal, make sure to “Send to Friends/Family” to ensure no fees are subtracted from your payment.

Pick Up Day

Instead of everyone grabbing their own bags, participants will form a line outside the loading dock and our volunteers will pick your bags for you. Please be patient on pick up day, we are volunteers.

We always need more volunteers for pick up day, please let us know if you are available! We promise we will take turns with lifting, and you’ll be supplied with coffee.

Splits and Partials

Splits are to be done at Toronto Brewing on the Friday before the pick up date. If you are involved with the splits, please make an effort to come out and help. Do not start grabbing your bags during splitting. You will still be able to take your full order with you on split night, but only after everything is split and we are set up for pick ups the next day.

If you are in the Name 1 column on the split sheet, please make a special effort to come out. As the bag captain you are responsible for making sure your bag is split. You are also responsible for adding the bag to your order on the main page, and adding a corresponding note. If you are a bag captain and don’t come help split, you risk forfeiting the $10 gift card to someone from that split who did come help.

For this buy, if you are the captain for a bag of DME or PBW you MUST attend the split night. These bags are inconvenient to split and the expectation is for you to complete the split. We recommend you bring a mask to split the PBW.


Not sure what to order?! We have bolded some items on the list that you should consider/check out. We encourage you all to consider branching out and trying a new brand of 2 row/pale malt, Maris Otter, a new brand of pilsner, etc… Trying new ingredients and learning from them is part of the fun of our hobby.

*New for Fall 2017!*
We have added fruit puree from Vintner's Harvest! Check out raspberry, apricot, and peach!

Over the last few grain buys we have introduced a lot of new malsters. All of the malsters represented by Country Malt Group were added in Spring 2015. Simpsons, Crisp, and Château were added in Fall 2015 after G&P was acquired by BSG. Muntons is no longer carried by BSG, however there have been some OiO branded english malts added, which are probably the same thing.

Simpsons is world famous for their specialty malts. Many pro-brewers that swear by their product for superior flavour. Crisp is known for their flavourful base malts, especially for their floor-malted Maris Otter called Gleneagles Maris Otter. Castle Malting [Château] is our most popular Belgian malster, check out their Belgian Pilsen malt. We’re still excited about Thomas Fawcett and Best Malz, two incredible maltsters. The single varietal base malts from Fawcett, and the Pilsner from Best Malz have been popular in the last few Grain Buys. Best Malz Pilsner is regarded by many as the best tasting Pilsner malt. Plus Fawcett Pearl is the base malt for Heady Topper, might be worth a try!


Please send any questions to

P.S. The spreadsheet is always a work in progress, please let us know of any inconsistencies/errors you see.