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Old 01-16-2008, 05:03 AM   #41
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Hey, Off topic but....Do you SE Michigan Brewers have any EXP with "Adventures in HomeBrewing" ? I was wondering cause I went to there site and they had some sweet deals on Kegging starting kits.

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Old 01-16-2008, 06:30 AM   #42
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Hey, Off topic but....Do you SE Michigan Brewers have any EXP with "Adventures in HomeBrewing" ? I was wondering cause I went to there site and they had some sweet deals on Kegging starting kits.

I have not been there yet but my boss has and seid they have a lot of stuff.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:11 AM   #43
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Hey, Off topic but....Do you SE Michigan Brewers have any EXP with "Adventures in HomeBrewing" ? I was wondering cause I went to there site and they had some sweet deals on Kegging starting kits.
I went there for the first time a few weeks ago.
I like going and checking out other homebrew shops and comparing them to my local shop.
I got a great deal on 3 cornies and picked up a couple of small items while there, but wasn't impressed by the shop.
As soon as you walk in, you're greeted by a shelving unit full of dusty/dirty glasses.
That seems to be the theme of the shop.
It's set up a little strange. By strange, I mean their organization is a bit weird and backwards in some sections.
I was impressed by the larger size of their shop, but wasn't impressed once I realized that they have a large selection of "crap".. They have alot of stuff, but 60% of it seems like it was stuff that we would never use.
They were also packed. There was about 5 different groups of people in there, with only 2 people working. There was a woman (owners sister I heard) who seemed to know her stuff. She seemed to be very knowledgeable. There was another guy there who didn't seem to know alot about brewing, but was very nice.

If you're close by, its probably worth it.
But if you hear the hype about the place, save yourself the trip.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:13 PM   #44
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Hey, Off topic but....Do you SE Michigan Brewers have any EXP with "Adventures in HomeBrewing" ? I was wondering cause I went to there site and they had some sweet deals on Kegging starting kits.
I got my inital kegging setup stuff there, except for my reg. and CO2 tank. I liked the prices, and got great customer service. I do agree with the Cap'n, though, that a lot of the stuff wasn't anything I'd be interested in, and "dusty" is a great description of the shop. However, they did have everything that I did need, and prices comparable to most online shops, without having to worry about shipping charges. I'd go back again for sure, just based on the the customer service I got. Probably not worth too long of a trip, but worth the 1/2 hour it takes me to get there from Ann Arbor.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:51 PM   #45
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Alright thanks everyone I was just askin because there website hes me started with 2 cornies a 5 # tank a dual gauge 2 cobra taps and lube for 200 $ I just have to get the hose and quick releases for the 2nd corney and I Was going to take a trip down there in a couple of weeks rather than pay the shipping.

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Old 01-17-2008, 02:31 AM   #46
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Alright thanks everyone I was just askin because there website hes me started with 2 cornies a 5 # tank a dual gauge 2 cobra taps and lube for 200 $ I just have to get the hose and quick releases for the 2nd corney and I Was going to take a trip down there in a couple of weeks rather than pay the shipping.
I went to get the cornies and save on shipping.
3 corny kegs + gas for the truck, was still a very big savings over my regular shop.
Thats on large, heavy items though.
If what you're buying is cost effective to ship, it would probably be more worthwhile to go that route.
For me, if its not ridiculously much more (money-wise), ill just pay the extra couple bucks to my regular shop. Its worth it for all the free advice and the loyalty factor.

But, im glad I went, just to see the place. It's nice to check other shops out.
For me, it makes me appreciate my regular shop more.

Don't get me started on the clusterf* that is Cap N' Cork
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Don't get me started on the clusterf* that is Cap N' Cork
Really? That's too bad. I was thinking of taking a drive to check it out, just to sample another almost-local HBS.
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Don't get me started on the clusterf* that is Cap N' Cork

I'm starting to feel the same way about them.
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Really? That's too bad. I was thinking of taking a drive to check it out, just to sample another almost-local HBS.
No, go and take a look.

My problem with them was this...
Imagine 10 lbs. of crap.
Imagine that 10lbs. of crap, stuffed into a 5 lb. bag.
You just pictured Cap n Cork.

They were cool, but they had so much crap stuffed everywhere. There was literally zero organization and zero sense made in item placement.
You could find a hydrometer down one aisle, but a thief was 3 aisles over in the beer kit section. It was strange.

They had alot of stuff, but it was hard to find.

My personal gripe with them was the service..
One of the guys was awesome. He was super helpful and really nice.
The other guy was a dick.
But, the "cool" guy apologized and said the dick was having a bad day, which everyone is entitled to, so I blew that off.
There was a guy there while I was shopping that was a new brewer... The "dick" was helping him and just beating the guy up for asking dumb questions. Granted, some of his questions were pretty bad, but still.
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No, go and take a look.

My problem with them was this...
Imagine 10 lbs. of crap.
Imagine that 10lbs. of crap, stuffed into a 5 lb. bag.
You just pictured Cap n Cork.

They were cool, but they had so much crap stuffed everywhere. There was literally zero organization and zero sense made in item placement.
You could find a hydrometer down one aisle, but a thief was 3 aisles over in the beer kit section. It was strange.

They had alot of stuff, but it was hard to find.

My personal gripe with them was the service..
One of the guys was awesome. He was super helpful and really nice.
The other guy was a dick.
But, the "cool" guy apologized and said the dick was having a bad day, which everyone is entitled to, so I blew that off.
There was a guy there while I was shopping that was a new brewer... The "dick" was helping him and just beating the guy up for asking dumb questions. Granted, some of his questions were pretty bad, but still.


I think that's the guy I have talked to the last two times.
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