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Old 01-20-2009, 10:57 PM   #11
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I find this to be the case in most specialty type stores...fly fishing shops, specialty gardens, ...etc

People suck, period.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:34 PM   #12
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I use two LHBS. One is really a hardware and garden store that also sells home brew supplies and the other is home brew only.

The hardware store is owned by a guy who used to brew, so I'm told. They don't bother me at all in there. I go in, wander around, pick stuff up, put it down; generally mill about like it's my house or something. When I asked how much for a dusty glass carboy they had on the floor, the guy did me solid and offered a Better Bottle, new in box, for less money. Or the same money. Or something. It was the same price as I saw online somewhere, but here I didn't have to pay shipping. These folks don't ask you. You ask them and they are there when you ask. I like that.

The home brew only store, that guy seems cool and all. But like your guy, he is all about short primary time. He'll even look up recipes for me and explain stuff to me; like I'm a re-re, but he doesn't know if I've done this before or not. I just started going there. I will say I went back because he gave me some grain for free. A small cost to gain repeat business. I saw it for that and obliged his gesture. Last time, I told him I usually do recipe kits and add to them. He wrinkled his nose at that. Said the grain in them is old and dried out. Admittedly, the grain I buy from him seems a lot better. More pulpy and with more aroma.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:48 PM   #13
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In any hobby, profession, religion, whatever, there will be people who only know one way of doing things and because it works, they assume it is the only way that works. Hobby stores have very high failure rates for exactly that reason. The owner KNOWS what works and will not tolerate other manufacturers, suppliers, methods or opinions.

The SLHBS I go to only has one big beef: using the main mill for specialty grains. Absolutely VERBOTEN. A real pain some times, but they want to keep it pure for the pilsners.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:02 AM   #14
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but they want to keep it pure for the pilsners.
They ever thought of cleaning it or maybe getting a second one?

 
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:34 AM   #15
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If David's talking about Corvallis Homebrewing Supply - they have 2 mills, one's big and old - no specialty grains are to go through it. They have a secondary mill with lower capacity that you can run the darker specialty grains through.

All and all though, decent prices and information - and good extract recipies by the owner.
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