Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

All about grains. Malting, smoking, grinding and other preparations.
Which grains are hot, which are not.

Moderator: Site Moderator

Post Reply
User avatar
Twisted Brick
Distiller
Posts: 1716
Joined: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:54 pm
Location: Craigh Na Dun

Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by Twisted Brick » Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:21 am

A while back fellow member StuNY (thank you) turned me on to the medium corn meal at Restaurant Depot. $16 for 50lbs and NO milling required!

Due to the pandemic (and flat-lined sales to restaurant customers) they have temporarily opened their doors to the public, so now’s the time to go stock up. Conveniently, no questions asked on large grain/sugar purchases.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ocregi ... demic/amp/
“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

- W.C. Fields

My EZ Solder Shotgun

User avatar
cranky
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 5711
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:18 pm
Location: Pacific Northwest

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by cranky » Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:22 pm

Thank you TB I've been wanting to go there for a long time :D
Last edited by cranky on Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.

zach
Bootlegger
Posts: 137
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:42 am

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by zach » Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:54 pm

Nice! Thanks

User avatar
JellybeanCorncob
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 438
Joined: Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:18 am
Location: Under the Redwood Trees

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by JellybeanCorncob » Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:40 am

Damn, never heard of Restaurant Depot before. There’s one 17mi from me. That’s a good price for cornmeal. I’m going to get down there in a few weeks when we’re passed the hump of the Covid19 shit.
Thanks for this tidbit of info Twisted.
JBC

StuNY
Novice
Posts: 82
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:51 am

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by StuNY » Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:41 pm

Twisted Brick wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:21 am
A while back fellow member StuNY (thank you) turned me on to the medium corn meal at Restaurant Depot. $16 for 50lbs and NO milling required!

Due to the pandemic (and flat-lined sales to restaurant customers) they have temporarily opened their doors to the public, so now’s the time to go stock up. Conveniently, no questions asked on large grain/sugar purchases.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ocregi ... demic/amp/
Great to let everyone know TB! I am drinking bourbons made from this that are 6-9 months old and it is really great stuff! I went out and bought 3 more bags when this hit, figuring if it comes down to bartering for food I would be all set :D I also make a vodka by adding sugar to the spent grains and it is much better than just a sugar wash! No PH crashes etc and great grain flavor. Doing my stripping run on this tomorrow. I ferment on the grain with it, and it is a bit tricky to squeeze out. I put it in a strainer bag and lift each side one at a time to let it move left to right, this gets most of the liquid out, and then I put it in my mop wringer for a final squeeze.

User avatar
Twisted Brick
Distiller
Posts: 1716
Joined: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:54 pm
Location: Craigh Na Dun

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by Twisted Brick » Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:24 pm

JellybeanCorncob wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:40 am
Damn, never heard of Restaurant Depot before. There’s one 17mi from me. That’s a good price for cornmeal. I’m going to get down there in a few weeks when we’re passed the hump of the Covid19 shit.
Thanks for this tidbit of info Twisted.
Don't wait too long, JBC. No telling how long this temporary "open house" is gonna last... Next time I'm up in the bay area maybe we can hook up. My daughter lives in the Marina District. I just hope I have something on oak to bring.
“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

- W.C. Fields

My EZ Solder Shotgun

greggn
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 722
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:59 am
Location: East Coast

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by greggn » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:05 am

Twisted Brick wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:21 am
Due to the pandemic (and flat-lined sales to restaurant customers) they have temporarily opened their doors to the public, so now’s the time to go stock up. Conveniently, no questions asked on large grain/sugar purchases.

This was a good tip, thanks. I called my local Restaurant Depot to confirm and they do provide a "single-use day pass." I just came back from a fairly successful run where I picked-up ...

50 lbs jasmine rice
50 lbs buckwheat groats
100 lbs cornmeal

This was a nice local score and will tide me over until I can make the longer trip to my favorite feed store.
________________

I drank fifty pounds of feed-store corn
'till my clothes were ratty and torn

User avatar
Twisted Brick
Distiller
Posts: 1716
Joined: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:54 pm
Location: Craigh Na Dun

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by Twisted Brick » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:29 am

Nice run. How much was the buckwheat? I don't think the local RD carries it. I've always been interested in mashing up this ancient grain.
“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

- W.C. Fields

My EZ Solder Shotgun

greggn
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 722
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:59 am
Location: East Coast

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by greggn » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:46 am

Twisted Brick wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:29 am
How much was the buckwheat?

1.99 / 25 lbs

I only noticed it because it was right next to the empty shelf of yeast and the Bob's Red Mill logo caught my eye.
________________

I drank fifty pounds of feed-store corn
'till my clothes were ratty and torn

User avatar
Twisted Brick
Distiller
Posts: 1716
Joined: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:54 pm
Location: Craigh Na Dun

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by Twisted Brick » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:58 am

Thanks. I like the BRM grain. I was buying BRM medium cornmeal until RD came up. Now paying $16/50lbs vs $17/25lbs.
“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

- W.C. Fields

My EZ Solder Shotgun

User avatar
Hillbilly Popstar
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 1056
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:02 am

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by Hillbilly Popstar » Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:50 am

How much extra conversion and flavor could one expect to get out of this food grade corn vs feed grade cracked corn?

I get 50lbs of cracked corn for $10.
Yeah I have to grind it up. But is the extra $6 (plus shipping I presume...) worth it?
"Making likker with a hydrometer and thermometer is like measuring the length of a 2x4 with a clock"

zach
Bootlegger
Posts: 137
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:42 am

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by zach » Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:58 am

I had an original gravity of 1.082 with Gold Medal Cornmeal with 25 lbs/ 12 gallon using Booner's protocol.

With Tractor Supply cracked corn and a corona mill once through, the best I ever got was 1.065. The flavor improvement and labor saving is such that I've given up on the feed store. Your feed store may have better corn, but I'd pay $6 for someone else to grind a bag.

I too made my first to the Depot this week. I picked up 50 lbs of cornmeal ($17), 50 lbs of rice flour ($21), and 50 lbs of wheat flour ($10).

I haven't tried rice flour, but did an all rice with enzymes last year that turned out great. The 50 lb bag of long grain rice was $19 so I figured the reduction in labor is well worth the extra 2 bucks.

User avatar
Twisted Brick
Distiller
Posts: 1716
Joined: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:54 pm
Location: Craigh Na Dun

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by Twisted Brick » Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:39 pm

Since working with Bob's Red Mill corn meal and other 'organic' (rye and red wheat) berries, I've kind of moved away from the feed store.
“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

- W.C. Fields

My EZ Solder Shotgun

tombombadil
Swill Maker
Posts: 225
Joined: Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:55 pm

Re: Restaurant Depot Temporarily Open to Public

Post by tombombadil » Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:57 am

Picked up a 20g brute and 100#s of cornmeal myself. Thanks for the tip!

Post Reply