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Old 05-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #11
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I've been to both Maryland homebrew and Annapolis homebrew, they are both friendly, but the prices and selection seem to be better in annapolis. They have a wider variety of sizes there. A 6.9 bucket in annapolis is about 11.99 and a 7.9 bucket in Columbia is like 17.85. Lids sold separately.

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:20 PM   #12
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Price does come into play! I love to make German whites, so a place that can offer a big selection interests me.

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I go to the Flying Barrel in Frederick ('cuz I live there, Frederick, not the LHBS ) https://www.flyingbarrel.com/
They have a great assortment of grains, all $2/lb (milled for free, even when you purchase in bulk and come back only for specialty grains), plenty of equipment, and good advice. Prices are decent but I have no brick-and-mortar comparison.

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:37 PM   #14
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Don't forget the new/recently opened Nepenthe Homebrew in Hampden. I've only been in there once, but they are starting a nice operation.

http://www.nepenthehomebrew.com/

Personally I'm always in Columbia, so Maryland Homebrew is the most convenient. They were the first homebrew store I went to, and they've always been really nice and helpful, so I'll be sticking with them for quite some time.

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:56 PM   #15
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I also want to pull for Maryland Homebrew, as I used to live walking-distance from there and have never had a bad experience. However, Annapolis is also very good, nothing bad to say about them either! Whichever is closest to where you'll be is a good bet (both are fairly described as "South of Baltimore.")

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:01 PM   #16
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Seems like lots of folks have good things to say about EVERY shop in MD! That's great, cause its not like that here in Connecticut. The guys @ Brew and Wine Hobby are awesome, but some other shops are not customer friendly.

Are any of the shops in MD hard to get to? The interstate highways seem really easy to use to get around.

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Old 05-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #17
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I have only been to MD Homebrew in Columbia and Annapolis Home Brew in Severna Park. Personally, I prefer MD Homebrew. The staff seems a bit more knowledgeable and willing to help you out. Their prices on grain definitely beat annapolis home brew and they do more for the beer brewing community (offer 10% discount on everything if you are in a local homebrew club).

For purchasing bulk grain MDHB blows AHB out of the water. $10-$20 cheaper per sack depending on the grain.

MDHB stocks primarily White Labs yeast; while AHB stocks Wyeast. The one area give AHB a gold star is variety of grain. I often go down there when I want to buy a particular grain I know MDHB doesn't have, or if I want to use a specialty yeast that only Wyeast supplies.

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Old 05-13-2013, 12:11 AM   #18
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I'm equidistant from MD Homebrew and Nepenthe Homebrew. I have only been to Nepenthe once, but go to MD Homebrew frequently, since I often have other errands nearby. I don't think you can go wrong with either store. Good selection, helpful staff who know how to be available when you need them without hovering over you when you don't need help.

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Default I am so angry right now...

... I have to go to a business meeting in Columbia tonight. It's about three miles away from the LHBS there so I thought I would stop by. Well, nice thought but of course they're closed on Tuesdays. Not that I needed anything pressingly anyway but I would have loved to visit another LHBS.

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #20
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...and MyLHBS in Virgini; 6201 Leesburg Pike | Falls Church, VA 22044

It is right across the street from the Dogfish Head resturant.

http://www.dogfishalehouse.com/locations/dfha-fairfax

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I dthink this is the right one 6220 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA

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