Where do you buy your ingredients...and why?

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Where do you buy your ingredients...and why?

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Where do you buy your ingredients...and why?

Post by barrycycles » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:40 am


Where do you buy your ingredients...and why?

Looking for a good place...


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Post by wottaguy » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:17 am

Hi Barry and Welcome to the board.

I have recently been using Brewmasters Warehouse and ordering my complete recipes from them. On their site you are able to create or enter your recipe and once saved into your account, you can order your recipe as a kit. I have ordered from them a couple of times now and they have been great! All the grains come in a single bag with the yeast and hops in their own separate bag.

I have spoken with the owner a couple times and he is a straight up guy and a knowledgeable homebrewer too. In other words, he knows what he is talking about! They have great delivery times and the ingrediantrs are very fresh!

If they don't have an ingrediant that's in your order, they will call you on the phone and ask you if you would like a substitute. Their staff is very friendly and easy to work with.

Here's the URL to their site:


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Re: Where do you buy your ingredients...and why?

Post by slothrob » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:18 am

I need to vote "other", but I voted Beer-Wine, because I buy more from them than any of the others listed, but that's just because they are 5 minutes from my house.

Thanks for the recommendation, Wattaguy. I was curious about Brewmaster's Warehouse. They have a good price on the Kölsch Malt that I want to try.

I get most of my base malt from North Country Malt, since I buy in bulk and the difference between their price and what I can get locally is dramatic.

I buy most of my hops by the pound from HopsDirect, andFreshops, if I want smaller quantities. I make a rough plan of what beers I want to make over the next 6 months to a year, then place one big order near the start of the year.

I use my local for small quantities of hops for a particular beer and for some that aren't available in bulk. I'll also buy hops from them instead of making a bulk order if it's right before the hop harvest. I also buy a lot of my specialty grains and all my yeast from them, as well as a lot of equipment.

I do buy from Northernbrewer occasionally when they have a special grain I want and for some equipment that isn't available locally.[/u]
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Post by bobcat_brewer » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:35 am

I buy just about everything from a local shop. If there's something I'd like that they don't have, they'll get it for me.

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Post by caughtinamosh87 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:16 pm

I've been buying from Northern Brewer the last 6 months or so except for yeast which I still get at my LHBS. The LHBS closest to me closed down, but before that I was getting shorted on ingredients and they didn't always have what I wanted/needed. Northern Brewers extract was cheeper too! I buy like 3 batches worth of stuff at once and it easily offsets the $7.99 shipping. I've been very happy going through them.

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Post by ColoradoBrewer » Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:25 am

I voted for local shop because there wasn't a choice for other. I actually get most of my base grain from North Country Malt as part of a group buy. Hops, specialty grains, and yeast I get from my local shop, The Brew Hut.
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Post by pfrichar » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:36 pm

Even if it is a little more expensive, I buy from my local shop. I want him to stay in business since I rely on him for stuff as well as advice. Plus, he stocks over 40 different grains and has never been out of a grain I needed.

The shop is Maine Brewing Supply, 542 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine
New brewer (since 11/09). Brewing with extracts but thinking all-grain is in my future.

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Post by jawbox » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:12 pm

I buy from a few sources

Bulk Grain - Countrymalt
Specialty Grains, Yeast and Misc - Northern Brewer in Milwaukee or local shop.
Hops - Freshops (Bulk) and some from the local shop

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Post by Benjamin1c » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:10 am

I've gotten almost everything from Maryland Homebrew, fortunately I happen to live about 2 miles from them. They stock basically everything you might conceivably use, from ingredients to additives to the fanciest possible equipment.

www.marylandhomebrew.com is the site, they also do mail order.

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