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Old 07-30-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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I'm doing the necessary research to begin home brewing and although I've looked at a number of home brew supply online retailers, I'm not sure who is the best in terms of quality, service and consistency. Does anyone have a recommendation on a retailer to try who has a balance of good prices, good shipping rates (or free?) and prompt service? Since there are so many choices to make, I'd like to start off on the right foot. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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You are in generally good hands if you shop the big 3:

AHS - Austin Hombrew Supply http://www.austinhomebrew.com/
B3 - Beer, Beer and More Beer http://www.morebeer.com/
NB - Northern Brewer http://www.NorthernBrewer.com

You might consider shipping distance and charges, which is something that only you can determine, since we don't know where you live.

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In addition to those, I've used Williams, Adventures in Homebrewing, Homebrew Adventures, some place in Milwaukee (forgot) and have never had issues.

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Yes, where you're located has a pretty big impact on which OHBS will be best for you. East of the Mississippi? Listermann.com has free shipping on orders over $35. Alot of the places carry the same stuff, and prices don't vary a whole lot on smaller items, so oftentimes it comes down to shipping costs and selection (whether that particular site has exactly what you need). I'll use listermann if A) I'm planning on spending $35 or more and B) they have everything I need. Otherwise I used austin homebrew almost exclusively, because of their cheap flat shipping rate.

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You are in generally good hands if you shop the big 3:

AHS - Austin Hombrew Supply http://www.austinhomebrew.com/
B3 - Beer, Beer and More Beer http://www.morebeer.com/
NB - Northern Brewer http://www.NorthernBrewer.com

You might consider shipping distance and charges, which is something that only you can determine, since we don't know where you live.

Whoah, you say Northern Brewer is bigger than Midwest Brewing Supply? I live locally here and have been to both places. Midwest is about 5 times the size of Northern Brewer... I've always gotten solid advice and great products from Midwest. Wish they carried magnetic stir bars though.
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Whoah, you say Northern Brewer is bigger than Midwest Brewing Supply? I live locally here and have been to both places. Midwest is about 5 times the size of Northern Brewer... I've always gotten solid advice and great products from Midwest. Wish they carried magnetic stir bars though.
We're talking online. I have no idea how "large" they are. I see waaay more refrences to NB than Midwest.

EDIT: Google bears this out
"Northern Brewer" Results 64,300 for "Northern Brewer" http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22Northern+Brewer%22"Midwest Supplies" Results 12,400 for "Midwest Supplies" http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22Midwest+Supplies%22

For all I know they may all be like Dry Cleaners... everything goes to one place.
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The only place I have ordered online is from Austin Home Brew. They have been great, flat rate shipping, and are very quick to answer any questions or concerns. I have not tried their beers yet, as my first two batches are still fermenting. Shipping has been fast. I really dont have any complaints.

I am not saying that they are better then the others because I don't have experience with the others, but I can not complain about their service at all.

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That's right, I forgot to mention where I'm at. Unfortunately, I'm in the home brew supply deadspot of the country, North Dakota. As it stands, the closest place I can go is to Billings, Montana, next closest is Fargo and so on. I found a provider from Minnesota that may be a good shot, but I'd be happy to consider any of the suggestions all of you kindly offered. If my location affects my options, feel free to let me know! Thanks for all of the quick, helpful replies everyone. I noticed someone had mentioned Midwest Brewing Supply - I'm considering going through them since they're fairly close and the prices don't seem too shabby either.

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If I were naming a "big 3", it would be Northern, Midwest and Morebeer. AHS is close, but doesn't really compare to the others in terms of equipment. The recipe selection from AHS; however, is excellent.

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