Shipping rates are calculated automatically by order weight. Depending on the weight and your location, the cart will automatically present you with shipping options ranging from USPS first class to Fedex.Note that since our shipping is calculated by weight, USPS flat rate shipping options may be selected on your behalf when we finally pack your items but only if you selected USPS. If we are able to put your items into a flat rate box for much cheaper, we will refund if you overpay by more than $5. If you select a FEDEX option because it is quoted as cheaper than USPS, we will ship Fedex no matter what even if USPS flat rate may have been cheaper. Rest assured that we have no intention to profit by overcharging you shipping and there are no handling fees. If you would like us to analyze your cart and quote exact shipping, please be sure you have created an account on the site and are logged in when filling your shopping cart. We will then be able to find your active cart when you call for the quote.
We print shipping labels (which generates the shipping notification email) between 0 and 3 days after you place an order depending on backlog and/or weekends. Labels are printed in advance of packing boxes and carrier pickup. Please don't call to ask why the tracking has not yet moved a couple hours after label printing.
We physically pack boxes and facilitate USPS pickups Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturdays. Fedex picks up Monday through Friday. While order volume varies and affects turnaround times, generally orders placed by Noon will go out the following business day except when affected by weekend backlogs. Here is an approximate shipping turnaround expectation by day of the week. When order volumes are impacting this general guideline, we post a notice on the front page of this website so that we can set expectations appropriately.
If you have a situation where delays will absolutely ruin your planned brew day, first smack yourself for procrastinating and then email us and let us know what's going on. If possible, we'll try to get your stuff out ASAP.
Expedited Shipping Options: We offer FEDEX Overnight and 2-day expedited service but you will notice the message "call us first" on this option. It's important to verify that we can process the order in the time period you expect so there are no misunderstandings. USPS Express Mail Flat Rate envelope may be the best choice as it is usually next day service for a very reasonable $22. This is not something you can select yourself because we have to verify it will fit. Please call us if you suspect your order will fit into approximately 2" x 8" x 11" and wish to use this service. VERY IMPORTANT!!! Although you're paying more money for expedited shipping services, this is not imply that your order is going to get priority treatment internally here at the shop. We are not making any additional money on priority shipping. That's money that we are spending with the shipping carrier on your behalf. If there is a day's worth of orders ahead of yours, they will be handled on a first in, first out basis. We MAY be able to push your order up a bit to be sure it makes pickups but that's dealt with on an individual basis and that's why you need to call to set expectations.
FREE SHIPPING? Yes! As a courtesy to those who place larger orders with us, we will cover the shipping cost of any order over $299. This offer is limited to customers in the Continental U.S.A only. We tried including Hawaii and Alaska but we were going to lose our shirts as shipping is just too expensive. Simply look for the "free shipping" graphic on each item page to enjoy free shipping on selected items throughout the store. If the items in your order which qualify for 'Free Shipping' total more than $299, your order ships FREE! In other words, there are a few items that are excluded from the free shipping program so you will still be charged shipping if you add any of those items to the cart. They include, but are not limited to, cases of bottles, glass carboys, etc. IMPORTANT NOTE (GRAIN): One item that is not automatically excluded from free shipping is grain. When an order is mixed between hardware items and grain such that it qualifies an order for free shipping, the total grain quantity MUST be 20 pounds or less. If it exceeds 20 pounds we will contact the customer for shipping costs for the quantity over that limit. In case you were curious as to why we have this policy, grain shipping costs exceed the profit. We cannot sustain the business absorbing those losses.
FLAT RATE SHIPPING?
For those who order fewer items more often and never quite make it to the free shipping mark, our new flat rate $7.99 shipping for qualifying orders over $150 should help you out. The same items that are excluded from free shipping are also excluded from this offer. While our system does not restrict it automatically, we also have a 15 pound maximum grain weight on flat rate shipping offer. We reserve the right to cancel and/or modify the shipping costs on any order with more than 15 pounds of grain on it (if flat rate shipping was selected). We will contact you if you do this.
Absolutely. We ship to any country in the world. You can add items to the cart and select shipping estimate. Don't forget to change the country in the estimator. You'll notice that shipping is very expensive and there's not much we can do about that so please do not complain or ask if there is a cheaper way. Your two choices are USPS first class and Priority. First class is the cheaper method but is slow and barely traceable similar to horse and carriage. If you select first class shipping and the package is lost, we will not replace it. Priority Mail is quite expensive but we have very high success rates on the box making it to you quickly.
Typical FEDEX Ground estimated transit times by destination location (based on when package is physically picked up).
SIGNATURE REQUIRED POLICY:
Orders with a pre-shipping value of $150 or more will ship with signature required, regardless of shipping method. When shipping to addresses with apartment numbers, the threshold is lowered to $100 due to higher likelihood of package thefts. We understand that this often causes inconvenience when you cannot be home to accept packages. Please consider shipping to your place of business or a neighbor's house if that works out better. Why would we make your life harder? When a box is dropped on a porch and later stolen, the customer expects the shipper (us) to take accountability and reship the order. That's a direct loss for us and it's not something we can absorb and still keep prices as low as possible.
LOST or DELAYED Shipments:
Unfortunately no shipping service is infallible and shipments may be delayed or stall during transit. USPS is misleading by publishing the estimated Priority transit times such as 1-day, 2-day, 3-day because it is an average transit time and is not guaranteed at all. These estimates are often off by at least one or two days during high volume periods, when they are catching up from postal holidays and weekends, or when there is a major storm along the route. If a box appears to be stalled for a couple days at any given location as shown in tracking, we cannot consider it lost immediately because we know from experience that 99% of these boxes do get delivered even if a few days late. We understand the inconvenience, but please be aware that we make no guarantees on behalf of shipping companies that packages won't be occasionally delayed. We will consider USPS Priority Mail and Fedex Home/Ground shipments "LOST" when packages have not been delivered after 10 business days of being picked up AND having shown no tracking movement for the past 4 days. We will reship the order at that time with the understanding that the customer will ship any duplicates back if they do eventually arrive. This "lost" policy applies only to Domestic shipments.
Shipments damaged in Transit:
If the package arrives in a noticeably damaged state, with tears, water damage, open holes, etc, please do NOT refuse the package. If you are accepting the package in person, please ask the carrier to note the damage. Immediately take a picture of the damaged packaging and/or damaged items within to send us later. Take an inventory and note any lost pieces. Contact us ASAP. If you refuse the package, we may assess additional shipping charges to resend the merchandise.
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