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Scotzin Brothers

Not Rated.
Scotzin BrothersScotzin Brothers
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 13.33%
[ Homebrew Store ]

65 North Fifth Street
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, 17043
United States
phone: (717) 737-0483

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Reviews by TheDeuce:
Photo of TheDeuce
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is the first place I went to get Homebrew store supplies and equipment, the gents are very helpful, they have all sorts of malt and grain from all over the world, hops and yeast in the fridge, pretty much any sort of equipment you could need as well, (bottles, kits, kegging gear, pipe, anything) for anyone from first timers to experts. The guys are really helpful, they know their stuff. There are also winemaking and sodamaking equipment, if your looking for more serious stuff (i.e. big equipment) check the back room and ask the guys for help, you should find it. Overall this place is fantastic, only problems are that they are only open two days a week and kind of hard to find. That's about it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mattmeiske12
2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of bucketshooter
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All these old reviews are way outdated.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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
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.

Photo of philbe311
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...

Photo of kenatbeerswap
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.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Photo of Throckmorton
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

Photo of gestyr
4.2/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev 0%

I waited to do this review until after I had about a dozen trips to the store. My experiences have ranged from simply amazing to "just ok." The store hours are a bit ackward but the selection is good. If you are filling your own containers, the prices can't be beat. However some of the other items are a bit overpriced. I guess that is the price you pay for one-stop convenience.

My first trip to the store was the most memorable stop. I must have circled the block twice before just parking and walking to find the entrance. I ended up going in the wrong door, oops. However I was welcomed and helped to find what I was after. Service was friendly and I ended up getting into a discussion with a gentleman regarding the history of the company and I come to find out the actual Scotzin Bros were originally from my tiny hometown...interesting.

Other trips have not been so great. I work most weekends and have to hurry to the store after work on Wednesdays. Most times I get there I only have half an hour to shop before they close. My most negative experience was being told by a female worker that I should hurry up because they were closing soon. It was half an hour before closing time and I just got there. It wasn't the most inspirational thing you want to hear knowing you intend to spend more than a hundred dollars for the next couple batches of homebrew.

Overall it's a nice place and if you can't find exactly what you are looking for, they probably have a quality substitute. They also have a brew club that meets monthly and a website that is informative just enough to spark your interest into visiting them.

Photo of HombreWing
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

My experience with Scotzin's has been nothing short of great from day one. A huge store for both beer and wine making. Once you get used to the odd hours, Wednesdays and Saturdays only, it has all your needs. As with any establishment you need to pay attention to what's high turnover. Excellent prices on bulk ingredients even still with upcoming shortages. They offer many specialty items in the store that are clearly for "bigger batch" ideas

Tom, an owner, even today on my visit was encouraging to another customer despite his own doubts.

Photo of Risser09
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Well I went to Scotzin Brothers with two friends. It was quite easy to get to off of the Lemoyne exit. We had a bit of trouble finding the entrance, so we walked around the building and all of the untamed brush got in our way. After finally entering I see a store with plenty of stuff in it, the carpet is floating and probably 50 years old. There were a bunch of people in there because they were all buying Christmas gifts for their would-be brewers. It's a bigger store than Mr. Steve's. There is a little book section that you can peruse. The back room is really cool. You can serve yourself grains and also LME from a big barrel. Grains are $1.29 a pound and LME is $1.79 a pound. A great price, and you can fill any container you want. I bought some wheat malt for an upcoming lambic, and I was stoked to see that they had Brettanamyces Bruxellensis (1 left!) for me. They were trying to help me with my keg system, but some of the people had no clue what was going on. Seems like a typical family operated place. I think Mr. Steve edges them out in the helpfulness category. All in all, a nice place that's easy to get to with cheap, bulk material that you can serve by yourself. I will be using this place for my material needs most of the time from now on.

Photo of Slatetank
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

Photo of pavandal
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

Placed in the back of a warehouse like building off of the main street in Lemoyne, it can be a little hard to find. On top of that, they're only open from 12-5 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Those are the only downsides I can see with this place.

When you walk in, you're surrounded by Winemaking kits and gear. A little deeper in and you get to the beer making equipment and ingredients. Everything you could need is here, from malts and hops to carboys to stockpots and kegging equipment. I've dropped a lot of money into this place in the last few months, and every time I go in they are very nice and helpful. They do have a homebrewing club that meets sometimes, but I'm not confident in my skills to partake in this yet.

If you're into homebrewing or would like to get into it, this is a good place to start.

Oh, by the way, they don't accept anything but cash and checks, so make sure you have those when you head on in.

Photo of Jarod
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

This store is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and that is the only flaw I can see with it. It is located 1 side street back from the main drag in Lemoyne, PA in a warehouse kind of building. Kind of hard to find, but once you do, you will never forget it. When you walk in you first notice soda and wine making equipment and supplies. To the right there is a wide supply of many different beer making supplies from glasses to cans of malt, to grains, to extracts, to pre-made kits, to equipment, etc. all that one would need to make the perfect beer for you. As you continue to walk, there is a back room where they have the larger beer equipment, and bottles and equip for wine as well. At the checkout area there is a soda like refridgerator that keeps the yeasts and everything at the proper holding temperature to keep them fresh. They have books, magazines, recipes and everthing else that is needed to keep you ontop of the home brew world. They also hold meetings on Saturdays where one can bring his/her own brew for others to try as well as others bring theres in for everyone else to try. The owners are very knowledgeable of the business and can answer any question you have. They are always there to help and it seems that everyone who shops there is family and helps everyone else out as well.

Scotzin Brothers in Lemoyne, PA
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.