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Old 04-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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I went to a new store today because the one I've been buying from is seriously overpriced. I had heard about the owner being a very knowledgeable brewer, so I drove a little further to try out this store.
I've brewed 7 batches on my own, and a good 15-20 with a friend, so while I'm not an expert, I know a fair amount. Before ordering ingredients, we had a short discussion on my brewing experience. I had a recipe for a chocolate stout in my hand, and when asking for ingredients, he questioned almost every single one. Now, I'm all for feedback, but he was questioning every choice more than once. I almost had so say, "Look. Just get me what I'm asking for. I know what I'm doing." He kept telling me I was making the wrong decision with everything. I wanted 8oz more Crystal 60l than he used in his kit, and he said it would be WAY too much. "You'll have too much caramel flavor." Maybe I WANT a little more of that flavor? He straight up told me I couldn't use peated malt in a different beer because "even an ounce in 5 gallons will be undrinkable. No one will ever drink that beer."

Just had to get that off my chest. I need a homebrew.

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:40 PM   #2
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Was he trying to push you into buying his kits?

Next time say hello, hand him a shopping list and state nicely that I'd like these products please... if he asks anything, say its none of your business.

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:01 AM   #3
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Yeah some folks don't have that internal mechanism that tells most of us when we're moving from being helpful to being a PITA. Sorry to hear about your bad experience.

I basically don't believe a thing my local supplier says. He puts the BS in LHBS.

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Old 04-19-2013, 01:20 AM   #4
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I went to my LHBS for my first all grain brew. I asked for Cascade and they didn't have enough for my order. So I asked if they had anything comparable that I could use to replace. He said "Chinook." Many of you probably already get it. I didn't until I drove 30 minutes to get home and googled "hop profiles."

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All this makes me thankful for the LHBS in Seattle.

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Just opened the new floating thermometer that I bought there today.....Broken.

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Just order online next time - no questions asked

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I went to my LHBS for my first all grain brew. I asked for Cascade and they didn't have enough for my order. So I asked if they had anything comparable that I could use to replace. He said "Chinook." Many of you probably already get it. I didn't until I drove 30 minutes to get home and googled "hop profiles."
They both begin with C so what is the issue?


The LHBS i go to for the most part is pretty good without being pretentious.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:22 AM   #9
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I've been ordering some unusual ingredients lately experimenting, and I love my LHBS, if you order unusual ingredients the only thing they say is "Sounds interesting, bring some in when it's ready".

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Old 04-19-2013, 02:38 AM   #10
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every HBS I've been in, besides Northern Brewer, have talked me like I'm an idiot. until I either talked about brewing or brought them something I made.

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