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Old 07-03-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default Why bringing beer to your LHBS guy before noon is not a good idea...

...."Whoops, I gave you 5 ounces of aromatic instead of the 1.5 on your recipe."

He did like my beer, and didn't charge me of some of the malts in the grain bill, and gave me an empty Belgian bottle to see if I want him to order me some for my saison.

So it's not all bad....plus I could walk to it and back by the water. And with any luck he will be moving his shop right across the street from my loft, and opening a bigger one with a combined brew and wine or premises.

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Did you take it to Cap n Cork? I have thought about taking a couple bottles in there before to get some feedback, but I wasn't sure if this was frowned upon or not....



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This one reason I buy my specialty malts, unmilled and bagged separately. I usually buy enough for several batches so I get to weigh out what I need when I need it.

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Did you take it to Cap n Cork? I have thought about taking a couple bottles in there before to get some feedback, but I wasn't sure if this was frowned upon or not....
No this wasn't cap n cork, this was the small LHBS here in Port Huron...he has a limited selection, but it's handy.

I have taken bottles to cap n cork in the past...It is definitely NOT frowned upon...in fact I believe that may have, back when there was a hop shortage, been one of the reasons why they would often not enforce their # ounces/recipe rules, they had at the time towards me.

Or when I have walked in and been invited back to the kitchen to sample whatever beers they had in their fridge.

Definitely bring them beers....but make sure the grain bill is filled BEFORE they drink them...

Good idea about separate packages for the other grains ED.
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Definitely bring them beers....but make sure the grain bill is filled BEFORE they drink them...
What if you are the fifth customer of the morning to bring them samples? I guess you have to be waiting at the door when they open. Of course with one of my LHBS, the guy looks like he is in the tank from the get go. Don't trust them much for any recipes or weighing/crushing.... just buy bulk now from another source.
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This one reason I buy my specialty malts, unmilled and bagged separately. I usually buy enough for several batches so I get to weigh out what I need when I need it.
+1, this should be SOP. I buy things like Special B, Aromatic, Caravienne, Caramunich, Biscuit and Chocolate 5# at a time. It may take me a while to go through them, but I know that I always have some in stock when I need them.
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No this wasn't cap n cork, this was the small LHBS here in Port Huron...he has a limited selection, but it's handy.

I have taken bottles to cap n cork in the past...It is definitely NOT frowned upon...in fact I believe that may have, back when there was a hop shortage, been one of the reasons why they would often not enforce their # ounces/recipe rules, they had at the time towards me.

Or when I have walked in and been invited back to the kitchen to sample whatever beers they had in their fridge.

Definitely bring them beers....but make sure the grain bill is filled BEFORE they drink them...

Good idea about separate packages for the other grains ED.
Sounds like you had a great trip Rev.

On another note, thanks for the tip on bringing homebrew up to cap n cork, I've gotten my ingredients there a couple of times and the staff is always great. They're always up for helping out and shooting the bull.

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No this wasn't cap n cork, this was the small LHBS here in Port Huron...he has a limited selection, but it's handy.
Was it Eastern Shores? I use them sometimes but I always call ahead. He's a nice enough guy, I didn't know that a bottle of beer would open some many doors.
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...."Whoops, I gave you 5 ounces of aromatic instead of the 1.5 on your recipe."
Can't happen at my LHBS - it's a weigh-and-mill-it-yourself place.
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I feel like it's a part of the brewing etiquette - I always bring a bottle along when I'm buying ingredients for the next batch (gentle plug for quality LHBS: BYOB in Havertown, PA). It's kind of amazing how you can drink a couple of bottles at 9:00 PM and not feel a thing, but drink a couple ounces at 11:00 AM and feel a mild buzz.



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