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Old 07-14-2008, 11:50 PM   #1
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I've fortunately been closeby a local HBS since I started brewing, however, for the next two months I'm over 1/2 hr away from one. I know, it's not that bad, but I drive a truck and gas is killing me. I'll soon be in a better brewing location, but I wanted some recommendations for online suppliers.

From these forums I've heard of AustinHomeBrew. Unfortunately, I failed to add the necessary two hours for Central Time and missed their 10% sale this weekend by 5 minutes.

First off- would you recommend going to these places or getting your own ingredients? I'm a little concerned about the shipped liquid yeast (even though it's chilled and packed), so I would likely go to the HBS myself for that at least. What are your views of this supplier (AHS) as well as other suppliers?

I'm planning on brewing a brown ale and mildly-hopped pale ale next. Got any recommendations? Any kits/recipes that were particularly worthwhile? I only have the capability for extract with steeping grains at this time.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I'm itching to brew. Thanks a lot.

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Old 07-14-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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AHS has a stellar reputation. So does Northern Brewer. So does morebeer.

There are a few really good sites out there and I would trust any of them to get you what you needed. Also, they do pack ice on the yeast. Some people complain that it is still too warm when it arrives, but they never usually have a problem with viability of said yeast. Give it a shot. Any of these bigger sites will likely replace yeast if it goes bad in shipping, and you save the trip.

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Old 07-14-2008, 11:56 PM   #3
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AHS is an awesome store!! I've never had any problems with them, and from what I've heard, if something wasn't right, they'd fix it right away. I get most of my supplies there, and although I've never purchased liquid yeast from them, I have from other online stores and never had a problem.

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I've been experimenting with different online vendors such as AHS, Northern Brewer, Midwest, and maybe a couple of others. AHS prices are a bit higher but they offers flat rate shipping. NB offers flat-rate shipping on some things. So typically what I end up doing is building the same cart on 2 or 3 different web sites and see who comes out cheaper when I include shipping. It varies per order. Some vendors (AHS) use packing peanuts in their boxes which I really hate because they get everywhere. I think that I'd go a dollar or two extra with another vendor just to avoid it.

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...but I should add that AHS probably has the best designed web site and sometimes the ease of navigation makes all the difference.

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Consider the physical location of the online store as well. For me, AHS is the only way to go, since my orders arrive VERY quickly. I'm willing to sacrifice a couple of dollars for convenience (and to support a shop that regularly supports HBT).

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most online shops are fairly competitive with the pricing. I would make the drive for yeast though and bring an ice chest. I live 20-30 min from my lhbs and he will even supply the icepack. It doesn't take long for a little tube of yeast to cook in a vehicle. Remember to buy enough for the next few brews so you dont make the trip every time.

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Old 07-15-2008, 03:46 AM   #9
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Thanks for all of the props. I am striving to have the best store possible.

Please do me a favor.

Please use the homebrew stores name in the posts. Don't use AHS for Austin Homebrew Supply or NB for Northern Brewer.

The more our store names are mentioned or used as a link, the higher we go on Google. You guys help my Google placement alot but you have to refer to the store by the full name.

Thanks for helping.

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just brewed an Austin Homebrew Supply belgian wit kit today.

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