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Old 11-13-2007, 12:23 AM   #1
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I live in Northern New Jersey. I have to go to Corrado's to buy supplies. It leaves a whole lot to be desired. There are a few places I have heard of in central and south jersey- but thats a drive. Does anyone know of any places near by to buy supplies? Do many people out there turn to mail order for things? I love Midwest- but who wants to spend money on shipping all the time. Are most people out there within a decent distance of a good supply shop?
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:11 AM   #2
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You can get some supplies from Ubrew which is inside The Gaslight Brewpub in West Orange but it's not like a store you can walk in. Call the gaslight.

I just make a big list of things I want to buy and order all at once from Austinhomebrew or Northernbrewer. I'm down in central NJ and about 45 minutes from www.brewapp.com but I don't like their prices in person and they sell out of a lot of stuff.

Side note. It's a shame you missed my big brewout this past Saturday.

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Old 11-13-2007, 02:10 AM   #3
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im in orange county and travel an hour to corrados... its the only place and easiest other than goin directly into the city for stuff. to me corrados isnt for the beginner, the first time i was there i was very lost...if it wasnt for HBT i woulda been in some very poor shape. check craigslist, i scored a converted keg with all the gauges, 2 cornies, and a huge chiller coil for 125. trust me its all worth the drive if u can find somthin you will need. Also somethin i just found out is that if u go on ebay and search for somthing u want and select "nearest location first" u can find some things that dont need shipping. For brew kits i have used midwest, and have enjoyed listermann.com > cheap shipping, good kits, had real good results with thier beers. sorry for the rant but ive been goin through the same situation and this is how ive been getting by.

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:21 AM   #4
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I'm in North Jersey too. Corrados is the only place I have found locally. I usually go there for last minute items and order from Midwest for big purchases. Anyone interested in a brewday or bottle swap?

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Haha, I've only been advertising my brewout for the last month or so... and it happened this past Saturday. Olllllo joked that this would happen.

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The Gaslight! I found a number in the yellow pages for a "Ubrew" and it was the automated recording for the gaslight. Makes sense now. I brew mostly extract and P/M- so I bet that the gaslight has some but not all of what I need. I'm gonna assume that they are an all grain operation.
Corrado's is a good resource, but they never have everything that I need. I wanted to make a hefewiezen, and they didnt have coriander, or orange peels OR candi sugar that day. At least they had the yeast. And thats my typical experience there. They are so geared for wine, that they dont seem to carry beer stuff with any enthusiasm. I have made a habit of showing up there with three different recipes- and what they have in stock dictates what I will brew. It gets old. The Brew'app. is too far, and now that I hear that they are pricey- my temptation to take a trip and check it out again is gone.
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I, too, find myself just ordering everything online. Bobby_M, sorry to have missed the brewout. My wife had our car this weekend on a trip. I'm a grad student and almost never need a car, but biking down to Piscataway with brewing gear strapped to my back just wasn't gonna do it. Thanks for the hospitality, though. Hope to meet up with you sometime; maybe I'll even have a little beer to share.

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I have been a few times to the Brewer's Apprentice in Freehold. They are pretty helpful there and have a decent amount of supplies. They have a website if you do a google search on the name, and you can prob order ahead and just go pickup.

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I have been a few times to the Brewer's Apprentice in Freehold. They are pretty helpful there and have a decent amount of supplies. They have a website if you do a google search on the name, and you can prob order ahead and just go pickup.
I've ordered online about 2/3rds of the time. The other times I've gone to Brewer's Apprentice as well. They usually have what I need and are helpful...
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The only complaints I have with brewapp.com (brewer's apprentice) is that their prices are all over the map and change wildly from visit to visit and they are sometimes way understaffed. You'll stand there for a half hour because the only person working is helping the brew on prem people. I've sent my sister in there because she lives close and she's paid $2 a pack for Montrachet yeast and $1.75 each for 4oz packs of dextrose (normally pay $1 per POUND elsewhere). Oh...and they never have any Fermentis yeasts.

Nope, not a jarhead, just a clever logo, or not.

If I were you, I'd check out www.brewbyu.com. They are up in New Hampshire so the shipping rates are decent. The prices for everything they have are incredibly low.

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