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Old 03-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default Who is your LHBS here in CT?

Just wanted to check in and see where you are getting your supplies here in CT.

I've been to Maltose, Zok's and Stomp & Crush. All have been very friendly. Haven't gone to Maltose in over two years as I no longer work in that area. Went to Zok's twice to drop off entries. Paul was very friendly and had a good selection of supplies there. Stomp & Crush is a newer LHBS located out in Clinton. Al runs the shop with his wife, and has been very friendly to work with. He even started up a homebrew club that meets monthly.

Unfortunately for me, I live in Hamden. None of these are what I would consider local. So I get my supplies online. Mostly through Brewmasters Warehouse. I will look for good prices eslewhere, but BMW has been my go-to. In addition, I recently went to support one of the LHBS for grains, hops and yeast for a 10 gallon batch, and paid $20 more than I would have through BMW. Even with shipping. As much as I'd like to support the local shop, that is just far too much.

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Old 03-09-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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I've used Maltose (very pricey), a newer place in Southington called Cork & Brew (small shop, somewhat pricey, their expertise seems to lean a little more towards wine) and Brew & Wine Hobby out in East Hartford.

I prefer the guys at Brew and Wine Hobby - sure, it's slightly more expensive that online, but they've very knowledgeable, convenient when you don't have the time to wait for shipping, and they can definitely give good recomendations for substitutions if they don't have exactly what you're looking for in stock.

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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Ive been to cork and brew, zoks and brew and wine hobby in east hartford. i prefer brew and wine hobby, their prices are very fair and the owner knows a lot about everything homebrew.

they are moving into a new larger shop in the next month or two http://www.brew-wine.com/

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I like the guys in East Hartford (Brew & Wine not the guy on Murphy Rd). Maltose is just too much. They quoted me $65 for a bag of grain whether I got 1 sack or 20!

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Big fan of Brew & Wine in E.Hartford. Knowledgeable and helpful

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brew and wine, stay away from brewmaster warehouse. they are dicks

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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Sorry you had a bad experience with BMW. I've been using them for over three years now. Aside from a batch that shipped late about 6 months ago, they've been pretty responsive for me.

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Old 03-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #8
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I live in the central CT area and if I need anything in a pinch or onesie twosie items, I'll hit up Brew & Wine. Unfortunately for me, like JohnnyO, the LHBS around here is $10-$50 more an order after shipping costs depending on how much I buy. Since I'm doing a bunch of one gallon batches, it usually means I can do a few more batches if I go online. I usually buy from BMW or Farmhouse because I can buy grain by the ounce (BMW) if I'm doing a bunch of different beers, or if I'm doing a couple of SMaSH beers, I can get grain super cheap and buy hops in bulk for $0.50-$0.90 per ounce (Farmhouse).

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I have had good experiences with brew and wine as well as maltose but maltose is very pricey

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Old 03-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
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FYI - If you join the CTBeertrail Trail Blazers club, you can get 10% off at a few of the CT homebrew stores as well as a some bars and restaurants! It definitely helps to make the CT LHBS' more competitive.

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