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Title: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Chris C on March 27, 2020, 12:25:14 pm
My homebrew store is closing indefinitely tomorrow.  Where do you get your stuff online?  Do Kits seem to work well?  Is it time for me to buy something to crush my grains and just get things individually?  I'm kinda freaking out to be honest!  HELP!  I NEED BEER!!!
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: KellerBrauer on March 27, 2020, 12:34:56 pm
I buy all my supplies from Chicago Brew Werks:

www.ChicagoBrewWerks.com

Their prices are reasonable, they have a massive selection of grain and hops.  They have transitioned into on-line sales only and will ship.  I haven't done a kit in about 6 years, so cant help with that.  I have my own mill and i recommend one if you pan on brewing a lot.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: TANSTAAFB on March 27, 2020, 12:38:13 pm
If you are in the financial position to pick up a mill (good ones like the Cereal Killer or Barley Crusher are usually available for around $100) and can buy grains in bulk that is a great upgrade to your brewing setup and helps support your local shop. I just placed a $150 order with my LHBS that I'll pick up this afternoon. 55# of 2 row, 10# Munich, some flaked this and that, 1# of Cascade hops, some yeast. Then I can make it up as I go along! What I would have paid in shipping is now staying in my community

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Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Chris C on March 27, 2020, 12:38:36 pm
I buy all my supplies from Chicago Brew Werks:

www.ChicagoBrewWerks.com

Their prices are reasonable, they have a massive selection of grain and hops.  They have transitioned into on-line sales only and will ship.  I haven't done a kit in about 6 years, so cant help with that.  I have my own mill and i recommend one if you pan on brewing a lot.

What do you use for a mill?  My search online seems to run anywhere from $30-$3000.  I'd want something affordable but reliable!
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Chris C on March 27, 2020, 12:39:03 pm
If you are in the financial position to pick up a mill (good ones like the Cereal Killer or Barley Crusher are usually available for around $100) and can buy grains in bulk that is a great upgrade to your brewing setup and helps support your local shop. I just placed a $150 order with my LHBS that I'll pick up this afternoon. 55# of 2 row, 10# Munich, some flaked this and that, 1# of Cascade hops, some yeast. Then I can make it up as I go along! What I would have paid in shipping is now staying in my community

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Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: KellerBrauer on March 27, 2020, 12:42:25 pm
I buy all my supplies from Chicago Brew Werks:

www.ChicagoBrewWerks.com

Their prices are reasonable, they have a massive selection of grain and hops.  They have transitioned into on-line sales only and will ship.  I haven't done a kit in about 6 years, so cant help with that.  I have my own mill and i recommend one if you pan on brewing a lot.

What do you use for a mill?  My search online seems to run anywhere from $30-$3000.  I'd want something affordable but reliable!

I have a Barley Crusher with a 15 pound hopper i bought on sale for $125.

Edit: I actually bought it through the BeerSmith website several years ago.  If you're not already signed up, I suggest adding your name to their email list.  Maybe Brad will have another sale soon.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: TANSTAAFB on March 27, 2020, 12:42:53 pm
I did. Just saying if your local shop is closing tomorrow,  can you buy stuff from his shop before it closes.

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Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: BrewBama on March 27, 2020, 12:55:16 pm
I buy from MoreBeer, NortherBrewer, Great Fermentations, Label Peelers, etc.

The mill I have is a JSP MaltMill but you can’t get them anymore. There are number brands that you can get thru the online sites.


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Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Slowbrew on March 27, 2020, 02:05:01 pm
I was where you are last Fall when the last LHBS in Des Moines closed it's doors.  It was tough situation.

I was lucky enough to have family business in Omaha and I found Patriot Brewing in Elk Horn, NE (now a suburb of Omaha) and they were open on Sundays.  I picked up what grains I needed for close to a year of brewing. 
I now buy hops in bulk from Yakima Valley Hops, good prices, great selection. 
I've picked up liquid yeast and miscellaneous crystal malts and adjuncts from RITEBREW.COM, good prices on yeast, good selection of malts and quick shipping (not free shipping but reasonable).
If I need something more specific, I shop around on a large number of good online shops for the best deals.

My mill is a Monster Mill MM3.  Works very well but could have easily gotten an MM2 also.

Hopefully your LHBS can reopen fairly quickly.  It kind of suks to not have anything local.  It can be managed by doing some early planning and giving up some spontaneity.

Paul
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Village Taphouse on March 27, 2020, 05:03:07 pm
I have 2-3 decent local shops.  For larger buys I really like Label Peelers especially for malt.  I can get a 55-pound sack of malt from them delivered to my door for less than it would cost me to buy the same thing locally.  No, they don't have every malt you could want so you have to look to see what they have.  The run specials often which lower the price further.  My best hops have been coming to me from Yakima Valley Hops and when they have specials you can get great vacuum-sealed and O2-purged hops for $5 - $8 a pound.  Another great source is Brewrite.  Their prices are good and their shipping is fast. 
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: M-O-O-N That spells beer! on March 28, 2020, 05:57:52 am
I shop from Adventures In Homebrewing, Love2Brew and Northern Brewer. The grain mill I have is the Cereal Killer from AIH (homebrewing.org), it's about $99 and free shipping.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: YetiBrewsIt on March 28, 2020, 07:09:58 am
I was lucky enough to have family business in Omaha and I found Patriot Brewing in Elk Horn, NE (now a suburb of Omaha)...

Was browsing the forums this morning when I saw this from Slowbrew about Patriot Homebrew Supply.  That is my LHBS and that store is absolutely wonderful.  In the future I hope to find a good one like Patriot in Northern Virginia if I have to move this Summer.

I've only been brewing for a couple of years and I'm the classic "start small" and then "scale up" kind of guy.  I've shopped with Northern Brewer and still really like them.

This is my first post and I also want to say thanks to the folks on this site.  The amount and quality of advice on here is a gold mine for newer brewers like myself.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 28, 2020, 08:05:07 am
Usually in person at AiH, now will do online.

First order came in from Hop Craft near Saginaw MI. O had to try Crisp Chevallier. They carry many grains that AiH doesn't. Think small hardware store vs big box.

If I'm in Indy I stop at Great Fermentation, they have Brewtan-B on the shelf.

Bell's has some things I stop in for. Imperial's line of yeast, including Bell's house yeast. Bell's selected hops are available.

More Beer and Williams have some special items I have ordered. I might order from Northern Brewer again.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Kevin on March 28, 2020, 08:07:38 am
My LHBS is also closed but they've always sold online and continue to do so. I just bought ingredients for an ESB Tuesday night and they were on my front porch yesterday morning. Awesome customer and community support from these guys. I wouldn't buy anywhere else. www.hopcraftsupply.com
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Visor on March 28, 2020, 10:12:25 am
  Where to buy largely depends on where you're located. I'm a bazillion miles away from everything, the nearest LHBS is about 300  miles away. I buy almost everything from More Beer and some from Williams. In the past buying bulk grain was the cheapest way to go, last time I did that, with the shipping the bagged grain cost more per # than the stuff I bought by the pound. I found it interesting that although their CA warehouses are only a few miles apart, the bulk shipping rates from Williams were about 1/3 lower than MB. My most recent order a couple weeks ago the best price was for 10# bags with free shipping, hell if they want to give a discount after going to the labor of bagging grain up into 10# lots I'm cool with that.
  I've found that NB & Midwest's prices just aren't competitive with MB and to a lesser extent Williams and bulk shipping is higher, the only time I buy from them is when it's something the other guys don't carry, caramel rye being a good example. If I had a LHBS within a reasonable distance I'd be willing to pay a bit more to keep them in business and handy, hell, if there was one I'd probably start using liquid yeast for some brews. Sadly that's not an option here.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Joel5000 on March 28, 2020, 05:35:23 pm
I'm lucky to live in beer heaven, also known as Portland, Oregon.  There are numerous good suppliers, but I always go to FH Steinbart.  I brewed my first batch in more than 18 months last weekend because I saw on Steinbart's Facebook page that they are offering free shipping in the Portland area.  I enjoyed it so much that I ordered ingredients for 2 more batches.  So far they are still open and shipping.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: coonmanxdog on March 29, 2020, 01:13:17 pm
Wow, I used to get my stuff mail order from them when I first started out back in 1987. Now I use whoever has whatever I need at the right price. Sometimes that means the local shop and sometimes it means other places where I can order online.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: coonmanxdog on March 29, 2020, 01:16:47 pm
I shop from Adventures In Homebrewing, Love2Brew and Northern Brewer. The grain mill I have is the Cereal Killer from AIH (homebrewing.org), it's about $99 and free shipping.

Cheers!

I also use Adventures in Homebrewing. Have also used Austin Homebrew Supply. It just depends on what each place has and what they are charging for it. AIH had almost everything I needed for an Old Peculiar clone so I got that from them. The only thing they messed up was the milling of the Maris Otter so I had to resort to a rolling pin and a big Ziploc baggie. LOL. But it worked and the beer came out great. And when I told them about the miscue they refunded the money for the grain. Good people. I need to make that batch again.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Northern_Brewer on March 30, 2020, 08:04:01 am
If you have the same experience as here in the UK, you want to get on with any purchases - the main online homebrew retailers here have been swamped (along with people selling gardening stuff, fitness equipment, homeworking gear etc) and are no longer taking orders whilst they catch up. But local breweries have spare inventory that is no longer needed for supplying the pub trade so can be a better option, particularly for bulk grains.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 30, 2020, 10:06:39 am
I shop from Adventures In Homebrewing, Love2Brew and Northern Brewer. The grain mill I have is the Cereal Killer from AIH (homebrewing.org), it's about $99 and free shipping.

Cheers!

I also use Adventures in Homebrewing. Have also used Austin Homebrew Supply. It just depends on what each place has and what they are charging for it. AIH had almost everything I needed for an Old Peculiar clone so I got that from them. The only thing they messed up was the milling of the Maris Otter so I had to resort to a rolling pin and a big Ziploc baggie. LOL. But it worked and the beer came out great. And when I told them about the miscue they refunded the money for the grain. Good people. I need to make that batch again.

FYI, AiH bought AHS maybe 5 years back.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Chris C on March 30, 2020, 11:56:35 am
I'm lucky to live in beer heaven, also known as Portland, Oregon.  There are numerous good suppliers, but I always go to FH Steinbart.  I brewed my first batch in more than 18 months last weekend because I saw on Steinbart's Facebook page that they are offering free shipping in the Portland area.  I enjoyed it so much that I ordered ingredients for 2 more batches.  So far they are still open and shipping.

So Jealous!  I'm in Seattle, so you'd figure that I'd have good options locally, but everything is shutting down!
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Milx on March 30, 2020, 01:01:59 pm
I usually go to one of the somewhat conveniently-located local places, but lately it's been frustrating that they don't have what I need. At least one of them supports ordering in advance, but I never have my plans together enough to make that viable...usually I just do my best to get a close match, but I've been considering buying online more and more every time I go there and they don't have the yeast or hops I need.

But if I'm ordering online, I'm already planning in advance, so I guess I could just call them and order there instead...
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Lazy Ant Brewing on March 31, 2020, 08:13:47 am
Check local brew pubs for discounts on malts.  With social distancing and people not going out, they may have more malt than they need, and will offer it at discounted prices and no shipping charge if you pick it up yourself.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: coonmanxdog on March 31, 2020, 12:34:14 pm
Had to laugh at the title of this thread since it is something we might have said in the 70s, early 80s when looking for the other plant in the same family as hops. LOL. Man I'm old.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: steppedonapoptop on April 05, 2020, 06:47:14 pm
I have one local shop and am not sure their status but the don’t have a range of ingredients. So my online go-to’s are Morebeer, Midwest, Stubby’s Texas and Northern, not necessarily in that order. I seek free shipping deals. But if I want Mecca Grade then I’m limited to NB or Midwest.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Megary on April 06, 2020, 06:27:14 am
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: goose on April 07, 2020, 08:57:19 am
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.

Don't know where you are, I live in Ohio.  I ordered a bag of Crisp Maris Otter yesterday from More Beer and I got an email saying they shipped it today.  I should have it by Thursday at the latest, it's only 1-2 days from Pittsburgh.

The only bad thing is that even using the cheapest shipping method (Fed EX) the shipping cost was almost half the price of the grain, yikes!  Unfortunately, my LHBS doesn't stock it so I had to order online.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Megary on April 07, 2020, 09:38:37 am
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.

Don't know where you are, I live in Ohio.  I ordered a bag of Crisp Maris Otter yesterday from More Beer and I got an email saying they shipped it today.  I should have it by Thursday at the latest, it's only 1-2 days from Pittsburgh.

The only bad thing is that even using the cheapest shipping method (Fed EX) the shipping cost was almost half the price of the grain, yikes!  Unfortunately, my LHBS doesn't stock it so I had to order online.

I'm in NE PA and although they always say 1 day shipping, I've never gotten anything from them in 1 day.  Usually 2-4 days depending on what day I order.
I ordered Sunday night and my current order status say "In Warehouse, Not Picked".  I'm brewing this weekend and will likely have to adjust on the fly.  Thankfully, I have enough hops and that pack of US-05 that I keep behind the glass that says "Break In Case of Emergency"  :)
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Visor on April 07, 2020, 10:31:17 am
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.

Don't know where you are, I live in Ohio.  I ordered a bag of Crisp Maris Otter yesterday from More Beer and I got an email saying they shipped it today.  I should have it by Thursday at the latest, it's only 1-2 days from Pittsburgh.

The only bad thing is that even using the cheapest shipping method (Fed EX) the shipping cost was almost half the price of the grain, yikes!  Unfortunately, my LHBS doesn't stock it so I had to order online.

   The last time I ordered bulk from MB I wasn't paying enough attention, the shipping was more than the grain, with S&H bulk cost more than by the pound. The cheapest option for me now is buying enough 10# bags to get free shipping.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: LeftyLucy on April 14, 2020, 05:12:46 pm
Wine & Hop Shop, Madison Wisconsin
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Chris Bader on April 15, 2020, 05:38:27 pm
Listermann Brewing Company!  Great selection and friendly, helpful staff.  They are taking on line orders with a pick up window so I can get my supplies to continue brewing!
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: ram5ey on April 23, 2020, 02:07:13 pm
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.
I had the same issue. Canceled and switched to Atlantic Homebrewer Supply (never used them before but they had a discount code through Denny and Drew’s podcast). They got it out quick and I was really impressed with them.


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Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: denny on April 23, 2020, 02:58:41 pm
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.
I had the same issue. Canceled and switched to Atlantic Homebrewer Supply (never used them before but they had a discount code through Denny and Drew’s podcast). They got it out quick and I was really impressed with them.


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Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: BrewBama on April 23, 2020, 03:01:08 pm
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.
I had the same issue. Canceled and switched to Atlantic Homebrewer Supply (never used them before but they had a discount code through Denny and Drew’s podcast). They got it out quick and I was really impressed with them.


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Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: Steve Ruch on April 23, 2020, 06:19:56 pm
My LHBS closed so I ordered some yeast and hops from MoreBeer yesterday.  They gave me a 2-week delivery time instead of the normal 2-3 days.
I had the same issue. Canceled and switched to Atlantic Homebrewer Supply (never used them before but they had a discount code through Denny and Drew’s podcast). They got it out quick and I was really impressed with them.


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I placed an order with them late Friday (too late to do anything with). I received an email Monday about an out of stock item which I agreed to sub something else for. I then got an email later saying it was pulled and a ups ticket was issued. Good service getting it pulled that quick, unfortunately ups didn't pick it up until this morning.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 23, 2020, 07:06:25 pm
There is a big surge in the hobby as people have time on their hands, no local place to get the beer that they want, and so on.

I get most of my stuff from AiH. Their retail is closed, online has ramped way up, no retail workers were laid off, they were reassigned to online sales. My last two online orders took longer than usual. It is no big deal.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: erich on April 24, 2020, 05:04:57 am
I get most of my stuff from Morebeer.com and Northerbrewer.com because I figure they have the best turn around in their stock. My local store I get my stuff to make starters like DME.
Title: Re: Where do you get your stuff
Post by: goose on April 24, 2020, 07:55:53 am
Depending on where you live, another good place is the Grape and Granary in Akron, Ohio.   They have online ordering and shipping available.  Although their showroom is closed during the pandemic, you can pick up at the store as well if you live close enough to do so.  John and his staff are great people and I buy almost all of my stuff from them.