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Old 04-15-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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I am typically brewing from kits as I don't yet have enough experience to make my own recipes. I usually get my kits from my LHBS. I was thinking of ordering a kit online. However I am worried about the ingredients being shipped? I thought the yeast and hops were supposed to be refrigerated. Has anyone had any issues with this, especially with summer coming.

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Old 04-15-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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Most online shops have the option of adding ice packs. They're the type you can then keep and use in coolers and lunch bags. Just try and pick a vendor somewhat close and time your order so it doesn't sit in as warehouse over the weekend.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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The hops and malt will be fine. Liquid yeast is the only real issue. Just order it from somewhere close and get an ice pack for it or get dry yeast.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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I order kits from morebeer.com all the time. Their kits do not come with yeast so you could go to your LHBS and pick up your favorite liquid yeast if you like. I usually just order a couple packs of dry yeast along with my kit.

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Old 04-16-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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I ordered my last kit without yeast from Austin Homebrew. I'll get the yeast locally.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by kevinb View Post
. However I am worried about the ingredients being shipped?
All the ingredients at the LHBS were shipped there, then sat until someone in the local pool of homebrewers wandered in and bought it.

Why would you worry about ingredients being shipped from a bulk inventory mover?
I can't think of a place that doesn't have a cold pack option for liquid yeast.

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Old 04-16-2012, 07:07 PM   #7
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I've never opted for the ice-pack option, and I've never had an issue ordering yeast, hops, or malt from a reputable online supplier... even in the dead of Summer.

You'll be fine as long as shipping doesn't take an inordinate amount of time.

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Old 04-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #8
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the Morebeer.com Irish Stout kit I just cracked into - No problems, nice, nice, nice. Came with liquid yeast - non refridgerated (back in Feb). Nice, nice nice. I say go for it. I think I'll have another.

PS. Liquid yeast, make a starter.

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Old 04-17-2012, 07:09 AM   #9
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I have ordered about 10 kits on-line and always go for the Wyeast option. I have not had a single issue yet and the yeast I get from the on-line shops is actually fresher (by date at least) than my LHBS. I have ordered from Northern Brewer, Midwest Supplies, and Austin Brew so far.

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Old 04-19-2012, 10:46 PM   #10
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Just make a starter if you use liquid yeast. I often go the dry route for online.

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