I’m never going to say I’m the smartest guy in the room. In fact, I’m embarrassed that I went to brew a German Lager today and didn’t have my 34/70. I could have sworn I had ordered some. Nonetheless I didn’t. How embarrassing. This is why I throw the LHBS some money every once in awhile, for emergencies.
Now, I sent my wife to the LHBS today to get some as she was going to be right next door. I had her practice several times asking for “34/70 yeast.” Finally she nailed it and was ready to go.
She gets home and asks if it a rare yeast. I advised it is not and she goes on to tell me the guy working didn’t know what it was. In fact, he had to look it up, then started looking around the shop himself, finally finding it in the fridge. After finally checking out he asks, “Is he brewing a hefeweizen?” Even my wife said, no, it’s a lager strain (so proud of her!) Now THATS embarrassing.
I feel this is why many of these shops fail. People, especially new brewers count on these individuals to know what’s going on and to help. Clearly this guy has zero clue.