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Old 01-03-2006, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default What do you look for, want, in a LHBS?

What things do you think you local HBS sould have? What do you like about your current LHBS? What do you think would make a local HBS a great store?

The reason I ask is because i may be purchasing one and would like to know what you guys think. So hit me with your info.

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Old 01-04-2006, 03:06 AM   #2
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1. A half dozen extracts
2. 20-30 specialty grains
3. 2-3 base malts
4. Crusher for malt.
5. 10-15 hop varieties
6. Liquid and dry yeasts
7. Basic fermentation gear: buckets & carboys
8. Air locks
9. Recipe book for reference
10. A few basic books
11. Local Brewsletter & club info
12. HB on tap (if local laws allow)
13. Kegs, CO2 bottles & regulators
14. Bottles, caps and cappers
15. Hose and keg connectors
16. Room for annual BBQ & brew party
17. Hydrometers, thermometers
18. Wine thiefs & siphons
19. Corks, stoppers
20. Parts for keggerators (a few taps, etc.)
21. pH 5.2
22. Sanitizer
23. Scales (both for use in the store and small ones for sale)
24. Good extract kits
25. A few basic kettles
26. Wort chiller or two
27. No-weld spigots
28. Burners

And don't forget, wine makers have bigger wallets!

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Old 01-04-2006, 06:04 AM   #3
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What things do you think you local HBS sould have? What do you like about your current LHBS? What do you think would make a local HBS a great store?

The reason I ask is because i may be purchasing one and would like to know what you guys think. So hit me with you info.

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Old 01-04-2006, 02:41 PM   #4
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in no particular order:

1. fresh grain/hops/yeast
2. good variety of ingredients
3. quality equipment and supplies
4. experienced, knowledgable, and friendly staff
5. clean
6. competitive pricing
7. HOMEBREW ON TAP!

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I think DeRoux hit everything dead on. A really good user-friendly website would be nice if you plan to do mail order. My only addition would be the discount given to members of the HBT board for knowing you way back when...

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Old 01-04-2006, 04:55 PM   #6
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A really good user-friendly website would be nice if you plan to do mail order.
not only for mail order. I like to be able to see what grains/hops/yeast are actually available in my LHBS so I can formulate the receipes accordingly.

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4. Crusher for malt.
which should be motorized !!!
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in no particular order:

1. fresh grain/hops/yeast
This is the biggest thing for me. Although I have a HBS within 30 minutes of my house the most frequent reason for me to order from an internet vendor is when I need some ingredients that they won't have. Even when I go there now I have 2-3 recipes in mind and hope for some confluence of grains/hops/yeast that will fill one of the bills.
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I agree with all said above. I have two or three LHBS within 30 min of my house but all seem to be lacking on key part. All three do not have a good supply or assortment of stainless steel equipement ie. Ball valves, hose nipples, faucets, weldless fittings, ect. Most have a good supply of malts and other ingredients along with fermenting equipement. I have also found that neither have a very detailed websight. I am always looking up different places and comparing prices. I would say that not even half have decent pictures of the product. Just makes it more difficult.

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Old 01-04-2006, 06:49 PM   #10
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I read your thread the other day. I knew I wanted to reply, but I had to wait when I had more time and my frame of mind was in a better place so I could give you a more intelligent reply.

I have never been to a HBS that had EVERYTHING I wanted when I was there (even a particular strain of yeast that I just HAD TO HAVE TODAY because of a planned brewing session), and I don't expect you to either.

At my house I have a better selection of yeast, more air locks, bungs, primary buckets, and books than some HBS I've been in.

There is no way you will ever have everything that everyone of us want. That's totally understood.

I have worked within the Army's retail and wholesale supply system for over 30 years so I know how supply pipelines work. I am also a college graduate so I know some general business (enough to know that I have no interest in running one, but I can maintain an intelligent conversation on the subject). It's just bad business (and common sense) to tie up your inventory dollars up for an obscure item that you sell one of in 3 years. That's a "special order", 2-4 weeks waiting time. It's all the little stuff that's going to blow you out of the water.

Other than a passion and desire to own a HBS be sure you take some business classes.

Nowadays, I just lower my expectations and don't get my hope up whenever I walk into a HBS. This way, if I come out with something I wanted I prefer to be pleasant for the rest of the day.

Other than that I do mail order.

In all sincerity, good luck on your endeavor.

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