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Old 05-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Of these two mail order supply houses, which do you prefer, and why?
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:36 PM   #3
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I live by both and have bought at both. Midwest has a better, wider selection of products. Midwest also seems to have a higher turnover or ingredients, which would lead me to believe they have fresher ingredients.

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Old 05-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #4

Interesting question from a Canadian perspective. I order occasionally from NB because it's tough to get some stuff in Canada (keg parts, for example), but they won't ship here. I like ordering from More Beer because they will ship to Canada and are helpful with customs & duty, but their selection is not as good. I understand Midwest will ship to Canada now so if they have an even wider product line than NB I will have to give them a try soon.
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:10 PM   #5
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Northern Brewer. Reason - BrewingTV

I started with Northern Brewer's Deluxe brewing kit as it seemed the most complete. I also like that they list the ingredients of their kits online.

I have never bought from Midwest.

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Old 05-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #6
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I like them both. I tend to get more wine things from Midwest, and when I was in Minneapolis I bought big pails of frozen grapes and frozen juice. I tend to get more grain and yeast from Northern Brewer. The service at both places was excellent, and the prices were about the same.
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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I have used both. There are some differences, but I don't think anyone would go wrong shopping at either one. Midwest's old web site was kinda funky, but the new one is a big improvement. Impeccable service from both. I agree that if the widest possible choice of products is desired, Midwest probably has the edge over NB.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:08 PM   #8
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I know you didn't ask, but I tend to shop Austin homebrew. I've used all three and had positive experiences with all. You should also look at rebel homebrew.

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Old 05-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #9
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I use northern brewer, love those guys!
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:50 PM   #10
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I've used both, and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. They are both exceptional with customer service and quick shipping.

Don't sweat the minutiae!

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