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Old 10-15-2009, 02:50 AM   #1
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Default LHBS Pet Peeves

I don't have a local shop anymore, but it really used to bug me that the owner would always act like if I wanted something they didn't stock, I was wasting my time or being too picky or something. the selection wasn't great, and I frequently asked for yeast or hops that they didn't carry. Interesting to be treated like a beer snob at a homebrew shop...what are your homebrew shop pet peeves?


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Old 10-15-2009, 02:54 AM   #2
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Both of my LHBSes are good; I guess I'm lucky. I guess the only peeve I have with them is that they almost never have every single thing I need for a recipe and I'd have to substitute something. But...I almost always use BMW and save the LHBS trips for something I need immediately (yeast, etc.).


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Old 10-15-2009, 02:56 AM   #3
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I'm lucky, I don't really have any lhbs pet peeves - the local shop is small but really great, pleasant folks, decent selection. Its Bev-Art, in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, 101st and Western.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:00 AM   #4
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$3-5 per pound grain prices. Very expensive extract kits. my LHBS pales in comparison to most online shops.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:09 AM   #5
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$3-5 per pound grain prices.


Holy macaroni! Are they trying to go out of business?
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:26 AM   #6
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Advantage: My LHBS is Austin Homebrew.

Disadvantage: Austin is 5-6 hours away.

Advantage: Flat rate shipping is nearly overnight service.

Disadvantage: I have to wait overnight.
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$3-5 per pound grain prices. Very expensive extract kits. my LHBS pales in comparison to most online shops.
You have got to be joking! $3-5 per pound is ridiculously overpriced. They would not see a dime of my money ever. Prices a little over online pricing is not unusual for a LHBS, but price gouging is another matter. I would also tell them right to their face why I won't be coming back. That is plain bad business. What's the markup like on their hops and equipment? Is it just as high?
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:47 AM   #8
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You have got to be joking! $3-5 per pound is ridiculously overpriced. They would not see a dime of my money ever. Prices a little over online pricing is not unusual for a LHBS, but price gouging is another matter. I would also tell them right to their face why I won't be coming back. That is plain bad business. What's the markup like on their hops and equipment? Is it just as high?
The store i have been going to sells hops for 4.25 an ounce and yeast for like $8-9. I cant remember grain prices but probably not much less than this.
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The store i have been going to sells hops for 4.25 an ounce and yeast for like $8-9. I cant remember grain prices but probably not much less than this.
That's also price gouging IMO. The yeast should be no more than $7.50 max and hops around $2.50/oz depending on variety and form. Where are you located? Do these shops actually have any repeat customers? With all the online shop competition I don't see how they stay in business. A reasonable profit they deserve, but not obscene profit.
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MoreBeer is frequently out of at least one thing I need (be it yeast, hops, specialty grains, etc...)

The other LHBS doesn't have grain in bulk, so I have to buy in 1 pound increments.


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