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Old 02-04-2014, 01:10 AM   #51
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Got a grain mill for Xmas so buying bulk bags should bring the prices down to about the same. I did ring Calwest up a couple of weeks ago and they said they would order grain bags for me so they might still do that and the prices were reasonable, I think $34 for 2 row and $56 for Maris Otter which is a bit cheaper than Morebeer (For MO at least) although different maltster so perhaps not directly comparable.
We are very lucky to have Morebeer what a great store and I'll be happy to shop there exclusively from now on.
I try to wait until MB has their semi-annual sale (July and December) when everything is 15% off. I got my mill last year and have bought 4 50# bags since (1 2-Row and 3 American Pale) can't beat the prices that way. I think the American Pale is $36.99 normally, so getting it for $31.44 is great ($0.63 a pound). I usually swing by on Friday to take samples of my latest brews... Hopefully I'll see you there when I do!
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:38 AM   #52
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Pick somewhere closer to you. That's a big carbon footprint to ship all the way from Austin to California. Besides, you get your stuff faster if the shop is close.
It didn't grow on a bush in Austin. It was shipped to Austin. Just as it was shipped from the malt house to a warehouse to another warehouse to the retailer.

UPS taking 250 orders across country is a lot more efficient than 250 cars driving to a homebrew store to buy something that was shipped across country anyway.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:04 AM   #53
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It's tough to run a business that has to fulfill tons of mail orders and physical stocks. Managing inventory from multiple suppliers who may be small time business's themselves with simple systems. You should be pretty happy you can order stuff that easy with a few mouse clicks. I have to order stuff well in advance to people who can hold onto it for a few weeks till I can connect them with a friend I might run into in the next couple months. Then when I get it I have to smuggle it all past customs into a Muslim country and brew it without getting caught and shaken down by the Muhammad police, normal crooked police and then immigration.

I wish I had your problems. I am about to brew a double ipa from a few different leftovers hops, some yeast I got last year and some DME a friend mailed to me in a Bisquick box that spent two weeks in customs. Couldn't be happier about it either. My last four brews have all turned out great.


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Good thing you like to hear yourself. At some point can you stop?

Well, I don't want to interrupt the anonymous-pile-on/sh*t-on AHS party you guys are having.

Too bad none of you are man enough to sack-up and contact them directly with all the MAJOR problems you have with them.

Guess it is much easier to sit back and take pot shots from the peanut gallery.

I'm out...your welcome.
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Without reading all the posts I had that same problem with their Amber Extract which comes from Wisconsin. Seems to be a shortage.

When I got my email I called them because they were holding my order.

I've been a long long time customer of their and called them and they did right be me. Sent my ingredients and refunded what they did not have and I got the DME at a local store (15 miles away and more expensive). Forrest (sp) was very kind and no problems.

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Old 02-21-2014, 01:49 PM   #57
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I live in Austin and use AHS all the time. For the past 3 months or so, they have been out of a lot of supplies. I love this place and I love going in to talk to them, but I am going to have to go somewhere else so i can get my supplies. I recently made my first recipe and was excited to try it. They were out of so many grains I had to settle on a kit. i have a hard time getting PBW and Star San there. I just wish someone from AHS would address the issue of why they are out of so much stuff. I am afraid they are getting ready to close down. I have been searching forums and google to see if I could find out why this is.

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I have experienced the same thing lately too. It's sad because it's been such a great store and the employees are always ready to help you with anything you need. I heard that the owner has another business venture( besides the store and brewery),that the money is being funneled into, therefore leaving the store how it is now. Like I said, I heard. It could just be a rumor. Last couple of times I have been in the store, a bunch of stuff I wanted to buy were out of stock.


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Edited. Deleted a silly question.

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Didn't see this or the other thread on Austin in the General Beer Discussion subforum until now. There is a subforum called Company Reviews in the homebrewing community forum, and a thread on Austin in that subforum, which is the appropriate place to post reviews. The postings, though, must be reviews of your own experience as a customer. No conjecture, no responding to other people's reviews, no editorial comments non-customers. Please post your reviews there.

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