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Old 02-01-2011, 06:13 PM   #21
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Did you get your questions answered ultimately on the size of the carboy? Also, for your chocolate irish stout (sounds yummy) are you using real chocolate in it? From my experience either the coco nibs or the dry powdered chocolate works best.

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:25 PM   #22
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You obviously haven't heard of www.brewmasterswarehouse.com.
I just looked at the site, but I don't see where they combine the grains. Unless I'm missing something. It's interesting that they are a little farther from me than Austin Homebrew, but their shipping is less. It always pays to compare...
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:42 PM   #23
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I just looked at the site, but I don't see where they combine the grains. Unless I'm missing something. It's interesting that they are a little farther from me than Austin Homebrew, but their shipping is less. It always pays to compare...
Click the Brewbuilder cap.

To the OP, don't let the LHBS guy impact your decision. I see no reason why that stout would be any more difficult than any other beer. Brew it and enjoy it, all the while knowing that you proved the uninformed LHBS wrong!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:58 PM   #24
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Click the Brewbuilder cap.
Great! They'll get my next order!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:59 PM   #25
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When I went back to

exchange one of the extract kits the owner acted like I should know how to

do everything already and preached the 2-2-2 method.
What's the 2-2-2 method?
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:18 PM   #26
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What's the 2-2-2 method?
Probably similar to the 1-2-3 (Primary-Secondary-Bottle) time frame.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:23 PM   #27
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The LHBS I went to in Glendale was very knowledgable and friendly. I did feel that he was trying to steer me away from using glass carboys and secondaries altogether but that is just his personal preference.

I think you will get 20 different opinions if you ask 30 different people so you have to take it how you will. However, I dont deal with bad service so if the guy was just being condescending then I personally wouldnt give them anymore of your money. There are too many other options out there.

If I were you I would call them and let them know how you felt and you wont be returning. If you dont feel comfortable calling then email or something. Sometimes they dont even realize they came across in a foul way. Other times they just dont give a sheet but thats when you take your money elsewhere.

I personally ordered my equip and kits from MidwestSupplies just recently. I called and asked the guy some questions before I ordered and he was very helpful and polite. I just barely brewed my first kit so I havent tried it yet but it sure smelled delicious. Whatever you do, dont stress out about it too much. This is supposed to be a fun hobby that gives you a break from all the other stress in your life.

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Old 02-01-2011, 07:46 PM   #28
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I am lucky that I have 2 HBS within 5 miles of me. I went to both before I got started to pick their brain about equipment. Both shops where very friendly at first. One pushed very hard for me to buy there start up kit.
Flash forward to a couple weeks later. I got a massive set up off a craigslist barter. I went back into the one shop that pushed for me to get their start up to get some supplies. They gave me the cold shoulder big time. SO I didn't buy anything from them and have yet to go back.

I am happy that the other store is a GREAT STORE. While it is a little pricier (I think its location) They are always happy to help answer questions and are just fun to be around. So in my eyes its worth the extra couple dollars

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Thanks for all your great posts.

I took a look at the online stores that were suggested and ended up spending my money at Midwest.

I am glad I found this site, the tips and tricks that I have picked up from just cruising the site will surely come in handy for my next brew.

Oh and I found that elusive enter key everyone was going on about.

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Old 02-01-2011, 09:53 PM   #30
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Thanks for all your great posts.

I took a look at the online stores that were suggested and ended up spending my money at Midwest.

I am glad I found this site, the tips and tricks that I have picked up from just cruising the site will surely come in handy for my next brew.

Oh and I found that elusive enter key everyone was going on about.
Very nice. What did you end up ordering? Did you get any brew kits?
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