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Reviews by Slatetank:
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The best homebrew shop I have bought from that is still in business. I went to Scotzin's for ingredients when I was preparing to brew a Vanilla Bourbon Imperial Porter. I later returned for Ingredients for a Maple Steam beer. I entered both of them into homebrew competitions, one local and one national. I received very good ratings on them. I attribute some of this to the quality ingredients available at Scotzin Bros. I like the serve yourself style for bulk grain. They have a great selection of hops, malts, yeast and equipment. I loved the spacious winemaking area complete with oak barrels.
The service is top notch at Scotzin's. You can't ask for more, the staff is knowledgeable and obviously cares about the art of homebrewing. I appreciate the friendly, helpful demeanor they give off. I was offered a 'mutt' of a beer - A Porter. The ale was robust and tasty. I really enjoyed the sample while I shopped aimlessly. I kept getting distracted by the variety of malts and was getting inspired thinking up new recipes. I even overheard someone mentioning their version of Coconut Porter which involves toasting dried coconut in the oven.
An all around special place and I would recommend them highly to anyone interested in getting into homebrewing or home winemaking. The only negatives I can think of are the hours and lack of debit/credit acceptance.
07-05-2007 03:47:43 | More by Slatetank
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4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
All these old reviews are way outdated. The hours are convenient, open 7 days a week, and yes, they do take credit cards.
As soon as I walked into this place, I was amazed at the selection of products they have.
A huge selection of hops, ingredient kits, etc. you name it, they got it. The guy behind the counter was very helpful with my selection and what I needed, seemed very knowledgeable.
02-24-2014 19:53:17 | More by bucketshooter
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First off, let's get what I don't like about Scotzin's out of the way first: they're only open two days a week (Wednesday and Saturday), and they only take cash or check, though there is an ATM upstairs. The staff is super helpful and friendly, and answered a lot of our questions. Tons of supplies, including glassware and other plastic instruments. If you're starting out (like we are) they have a multitude of kits, along with a large variety of extract. Grain and hops and prevalent as well. Really great spot, though it would be nice to be able to stop in whenever I needed as opposed to actually having to plan out the trip to the store. Prices were very reasonable, too.
03-04-2012 04:52:59 | More by bigfnjoe
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A - The outside isn't much to speak of as this one is tucked away in the back of an industrial building, but don't let that deter you... Once inside the store is loaded floor to ceiling and wall to wall with all the home brew, wine making, and soda making supplies you could ever want or need...
Q - No complaints... Inventory was well stocked and all ingredients appeared fresh and well cared for...
Ser -At any given time the store is loaded with beginners and novices and the staff is always more than willing to help out and answer questions... The staff also seems to have an excellent relationship with their regulars...
Sel - Staggering in many respects... This is the first homebrew store I've ever visited, but they appeared to have an endless supply of both ingredients and supplies...
11-20-2011 02:15:43 | More by philbe311
4.06/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Since I only live 5 minutes away this is the homebrew shop I usually go to. The hours can be a bit of a problem because they are only open two days a week so you need to plan ahead.
I belong to the homebrew club that usually meets there the first Saturday of each month. If your ever there the first Saturday of the month ask if the club is meeting and if so stop on in. We are very informal and there is usually plenty of brew to go around.
They have a good selection of homebrew supplies and usually someone working there can answer your question.
The only other thing is they only take cash or check so plan ahead. They do have an ATM on site so that can help.
09-28-2011 01:54:58 | More by kenatbeerswap
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Upon first moving to Harrisburg I searched out a good bar and homebrew shop and this is where I landed. After searching around the back alley of a small street I found the front doors to this place and was pleasantly surprised. A friendly yet sarcastic older gentleman greeted me and asked what I was looking for and pointed me in the right direction. Let me say that this is the biggest homebrew store that I have ever seen. I couldn't get over the selection of every little piece, gadget, grain and hops and then I walked into the other side filled with oak barrels and lots of wine making equipment. These guys have everything and I mean everything but they are just a tad pricy on some thing and on others they are well in line. Well worth the visit and sure beats shipping ingredients through mail orders in my opinion.
01-04-2011 17:53:47 | More by Bmoyer0301
3.7/5 rDev -11.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The history of this place is interesting, and perhaps explains a bit about why it is the way it is today.
As homebrew shops go (i'v been in about 12), I'd say this is a cut above average. In recent years however, they have really increased their stock and selection, so they are improving for sure. However, it's certainly not the best shop I've been in. The main guy is pretty helpful, and certainly nice. I've also run into staff that's a bit too beer-geeky ("I know more than you, and I'm going to prove it, rather than really be helpful and taking time to explain things.").
On the plus side, they have a decent selection of barleys and extracts. Yeast and hops are pretty typical, and sufficient. And they have some other positive things like a variety of kegging gear and oak barrels. Also, it is a good place for winemakers. Their prices are reasonable.
On the down side, their hours are not very convenient, as they are only open two days a week. I can only go on saturday, as I have a job, and they close at 5pm during the week. Also, they only take cash or check which is a small bit of a bummer.
08-29-2010 19:56:01 | More by Throckmorton
4.2/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
First off, the not so good. Parking is at a premium and if you park in the wrong spot, they will yell at you. The hours are not very convenient. They only take cash or checks for payment which is inconvenient but understandable in that it helps keep their costs down.
On the upside, the store is very well stocked and the bulk items (grain, extract, etc) are fresh and very reasonably priced. The staff is knowledgeable and courteous. They have a very wide selection of products and you will find almost anything you are looking for. Their yeast is well within use by dates and is kept in a refrigerator that is conveniently located near the cash register. They have a good selection of kits and a separate room with books and magazines. On some Saturdays, club members will be there with samples of their brew.
Overall, it is a good store to visit.
06-19-2010 19:54:04 | More by gestyr
Scotzin Brothers in Lemoyne, PA
92 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.