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Old 01-08-2008, 05:45 PM   #21
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Ah Corrados this is too funny. I'm also a patron of theirs due to location. They are so odd. I broke my brewing spoon months ago, and they haven't re-stocked those yet. All other ingredients are a total crapshoot, they regularly don't have stuff I need. And to top it off, their hop prices are 400% higher now than before the shortage. Extract prices have also increased. I'm gonna start ordering hops online but otherwise I'll probably still use them for the other stuff. I like that someone commented on them not having corriander and peel. Plenty of elderberries to go around but no corriander for months now. If you live near a brewery like flying fish or cricket hill, maybe they sell supplies? Otherwise I'm stumped. Maybe we need to start a "for brewers, by brewers" north jersey homebrew shop?(patent pending)

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Old 01-08-2008, 07:23 PM   #22
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I second that notion! A good resource I've since discovered is the Gaslight in South Orange. They are a local brew pub, and will gladly bag up whatever you might need. I was in there for a pint and hit up a conversation with a nice guy who brews with his friends....He was picking up hops and what not, and I mentioned that they must not have extracts- being a brewpub more than anything else- and then he noticed that some one else had what looked a lot like Muttons LME in their bag. Hmmmm. They do not seem to have an actual store front-(For supplies anyway- all supplies were sold bar-side- that I saw) and I've not a clue to their prices- because I had mad a huge order from Midwest and dont need anything at the moment- but next time I do- I'm going there.
+1 on Corrado's hop prices. WTF. I'm looking into growing my own this year.

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Old 01-09-2008, 12:20 PM   #23
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They do not seem to have an actual store front-(For supplies anyway- all supplies were sold bar-side- that I saw)
nope, they don't... you call ahead or ask the bartender, and if the guy is there (I think it's a family operation and the Father runs the homebrew part), he'll come around and take you in the back and upstairs to the homebrew section... it's a big storage closet basically. But, he has a bunch of stuff, and was helpful. But since your escorted there, it isn't really comfortable, kinda like if your going to someone's house to buy something they are selling... just check it out and either buy it or get out...

I've seen in other places where people get together to split bulk shipments. I'd be willing to organize it, if people want to go in on it.

If anyone has done this before, please contact me, I'd like to find out how to go about it the best way.

Anyway, I'm going to look into it further... if you are interested in getting grains from Madison (next to Morristown), let me know - if we get enough interest, I'll put it together.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:02 PM   #24
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Just picked up my supplies at Brewer's Apprentice...
Bottom line, I'm satisfied. You only get a price break on full sacks, so the specialty grains didn't come at much of a savings compared to online, but the 55# Maris Otter was $44 which is pretty good. And I on my next purchase of $25 or more (ingredients) I get 50% off (up to $15). Which isn't bad.

They didn't have the California V that I wanted, which I thought they should have picked up since I put in the order in advance, but really that was a minor inconvenience. They also didn't have chinook pellets, but that's more expected with the whole hops thing going on (i guess).

I much prefer going to a store vs. online shopping for beer stuff... I like the ambience, plus I like to shoot the breeze with fellow brewers a bit. Anyway, my bottom line is that I will be going back to BA.

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Old 07-08-2008, 04:31 PM   #25
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What kind of stuff does Gaslight have? Do they carry a decent selection of hops and grain?

Like Bobby and Soulalive, I'm stuck in central NJ (Middlesex). I'm 30 miles from Freehold and about 20 miles from Gaslight.

I can't believe that there isn't a decent homebrew store in Newark or Union. WTF?

I'm almost tempted to start my own operating out of my basement.

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Old 07-08-2008, 04:46 PM   #26
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morebeer in california- free shipping over $59,
and I made a mistake on my order, called to change it,
and the guy that answered the phone was awesome!
my LHBS is about 20 miles away.
I'll take it shipped right to my door, thanks.

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I hate morebeer. They haven't gotten 1 out of 3 orders correct. 3 strikes you're out.

Northern Brewer or Austinhomebrew for me.

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I hate morebeer. They haven't gotten 1 out of 3 orders correct. 3 strikes you're out.

Northern Brewer or Austinhomebrew for me.
I haven't decided yet if I will make the 30 mile pilgrimage to Brewer's Apprentice or do the 20 miles to Gaslight. BA definitely has the prices that change every time I go there. I have never been to Gaslight.

I do need to get a big sack of grain so it makes sense to go one of those places. I also need some base grain and a couple ounces of hops.

Will Gaslight work for me?
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:04 PM   #29
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What kind of stuff does Gaslight have? Do they carry a decent selection of hops and grain?

Like Bobby and Soulalive, I'm stuck in central NJ (Middlesex). I'm 30 miles from Freehold and about 20 miles from Gaslight.

I can't believe that there isn't a decent homebrew store in Newark or Union. WTF?

I'm almost tempted to start my own operating out of my basement.
The only thing that they have not had that I wanted was ashburn mild. I use about all the time now. Pro's are decent prices, and a great selection. Cons are a lack of storefront- so you can't window shop and the fact that hops come in little sandwich bags with twist ties.
You typically place an order of what you want and tell them when you want to pick it up.
It beats Corrado's- who will at times have ten lb bags of Morris Otter and other good stuff- and then go MONTHS without anything but extract syrip, etc.
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The idea with both places is to call way ahead and ask if they have what you want and they'll hold it for you. The last time I called gaslight, they had the sack of MO for me and handed it to me AT THE BAR when I showed up. Weird. Note though, the malt was 2 months passed exipiration and I only noticed when I got home. I know BA has fresh stuff. They order grain once a week. Call by Monday morning and pick up the sack on Friday.

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