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Old 02-21-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Default i'll support my LHBS but, what is your goto online?

hi guys, i'm a supporter of the mom and pop operation and will give them the majority of my business, but, when poking around or shopping for stuff online, what is the recommended goto source?

there seems to be sooo many....

MODS, if this needs moving to equipment, i'm sorry. seems a noobie kind Q to me. but i'm wrong, often.

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Old 02-21-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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All of the sponsors on homebrewtalk.com, of course.

Also:

Northern Brewer
Midwest Supply
Morebeer
Freshops

etc.

I also support my LHBS unless I can't get it locally or the LHBS is gouging on the price.

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i usually leave the stuff i have questions for to my LHBS as well as ingredients. i have sourced most of my equipment at various online vendors, most of which are listed in the vendor section here. they all have strengths and weaknesses so it depends what you are buying.

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I like Midwest Supplies for most equipment, Brew Masters Warehouse for ingredients, but have bought a lot of equipment and other odds and ends there as well.

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Old 02-21-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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I try to always go to my LHBS as well. but in a pinch I use either Midwest Home Brew or Keystone Home Brew.

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I swear by austinhomebrew.com. They generally take 2 days on their standard shipping to get to Colorado.

I go to my LHBS when there is something that I forgot and need on the fly, otherwise their prices and lack of in stock items are a major deterrent.

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I love brewmasters warehouse. Their brew builder is awesome and they ship quick (well at least for me as I'm just one state away.) Not to mention the HBT discount.

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I buy 95% of my stuff from my LHBS but occasionally buy some stuff from the online vendors. Stuff he does not carry or some hops that he is a little high priced on.

My thoughts are that if he stays in business then he will be there when I need him. I recently did a brew that I seemed to forget an ingredient. I already started my mash and was able to run up there and get what I needed to finish. Brew day saved. He moves a lot of product so it is always fresh.

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I swear by austinhomebrew.com. They generally take 2 days on their standard shipping to get to Colorado.

I go to my LHBS when there is something that I forgot and need on the fly, otherwise their prices and lack of in stock items are a major deterrent.
Austin Hombrew Supply has become my go-to internet store, with Northern Brewer a close second. My "local" (30+ miles away) LHBS stocks a few BrewersBest kits and a few Vinters Reserve kits. BrewersBest are fine kits, but my instinct that brew kits from AHS contain fresher ingredients was confirmed when I stopped by their store a few weeks ago.

For items that would kill me on shipping - carboys, bottles, etc, I use my LHBS.
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Austin Hombrew Supply has become my go-to internet store, with Northern Brewer a close second. My "local" (30+ miles away) LHBS stocks a few BrewersBest kits and a few Vinters Reserve kits. BrewersBest are fine kits, but my instinct that brew kits from AHS contain fresher ingredients was confirmed when I stopped by their store a few weeks ago.

For items that would kill me on shipping - carboys, bottles, etc, I use my LHBS.
Pretty sure that AHB has a $7-8 bulk standard shipping option. I don't know if that applies to carboys, but whenever I order I buy several batches at once so that the shipping cost is minimal (and the weight is therefore higher). Last order was in the vicinity of 50ish lbs in grain alone.
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