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View Poll Results: Which online homebrew store do you shop from the most?
Austin Homebrew Supply 16 17.39%
Brewmasters Warehouse 10 10.87%
Farmhouse Brewing Supply 5 5.43%
Midwest Supplies 11 11.96%
MoreBeer 5 5.43%
Northern Brewer 26 28.26%
Rebel Brewer 4 4.35%
Williams Brewing 2 2.17%
Other 6 6.52%
I've never bought ingredients online. 7 7.61%
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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UPDATED 8/31/12
- Updated shipping
- Updated Northern Brewer prices

First off, I am in total support of the LHBS. I think that if there is one in your area, then it is important to keep their doors open. There's nothing better than being able to make a quick run uptown and grab a few things for your current brew day. However, if you're like me, sometimes there isn't a LHBS within an hour's drive and it's just easier to order ingredients online and have them at your door in 2-3 days. I also think it's important as homebrewers to be aware of our options and keep the market competitive. We only know that prices will go up and make brewing more expensive - and more expensive means less brewing.

Therefore, I started this thread in hopes of getting a few people to chime in. I listed the price comparisons for a few ingredients from online stores that I believe to be the most popular right now. This is, by all means, a work in progress and I will be adding more ingredients and stores as time goes by. Of course, we can't compare every ingredient and every store, but I'm hoping this will give everyone a better idea of our options, especially for new brewers. Ingredient prices also tend to fluctuate, but unless there is a major shift, I think I can leave this as a general estimate. Lastly, I find that each store has its own advantage. Prices alone are not the only important factor. Quality and customer service is, too. If you would like to pull for a certain store, this might be a good thread to start.

LOCATIONS
- Austin Homebrew Supply, Austin, Texas
- Brewmasters Warehouse, Marietta, Georgia
- Farmhouse Brewing Supply, Janesville, Wisconsin
- love2brew, North Brunswick, New Jersey
- Midwest Supplies, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
- MoreBeer, Concord, California
- Northern Brewer, Saint Paul, Minnesota
- Rebel Brewer, Goodlettsville, Tennessee
- Williams Brewing, San Leandro, California

SHIPPING
*Flat rates may not apply to bulk or large items
1. Austin Homebrew: $6.99 Flat rate, $4.99 on orders over $100 (UPS)
2. Brewmasters Warehouse: $6.99 Flat rate (FedEx)
3. Midwest Supplies: $7.95 Flat Rate (FedEx)
4. Farmhouse Brewing: $8.99 Flat rate (UPS or USPS)
5. MoreBeer: Calculated, FREE on orders over $59 (FedEx)
6. love2brew: Calculated, FREE on orders over $75 (UPS/USPS/FedEx)
7. Williams Brewing: Various rates based on location & subtotal (FedEx)
8. Northern Brewer: Calculated (FedEx)
8. Rebel Brewer: Calculated (FedEx)

DRY (DME) EXTRA LIGHT / PILSNER MALT EXTRACT (1 lb.)
*Based on minimum amount supplier allows customer to order
1. Rebel Brewer (Briess): $3.10 / lb.
1. Rebel Brewer (Munton's): $3.10 / lb.

3. Farmhouse Brewing (Briess): $3.19 / lb.
4. MoreBeer (only Briess Golden Light offered): $2.00 / 1/2 lb. ($3.75/ lb.)
4. Williams Brewing (Briess): $11.25 / 3 lb. ($3.75 / lb.)
6. Austin Homebrew (Briess): $3.99 / lb.
7. Brewmasters Warehouse (Briess): $3.99 / lb. (or exact amount)
8. Midwest Supplies (Briess): $4.49 / lb.
9. love2brew (Briess): $4.50 / lb.
9. Northern Brewer (Briess): $4.50 / lb.
11. Midwest Supplies (Munton's): $4.99 / lb.
11. Northern Brewer (Munton's): $4.99 / lb.

LIQUID (LME) EXTRA LIGHT / PILSNER MALT EXTRACT (1 lb.)
*Based on minimum amount supplier allows customer to order
1. Williams Brewing (proprietary): $14.90 / 6 lb. ($2.48 / lb.)
2. MoreBeer (Briess): $10.40 / 4 lb. ($2.60 / lb.)
3. Farmhouse Brewing (Briess): $8.99 / 3.3 ($2.72 / lb.)
4. Brewmasters Warehouse (Briess): $2.89 / lb. (or exact amount)
5. Austin Homebrew (Briess): $8.97 / 3 lb. ($2.99 / lb.)
6. Midwest Supplies (Briess): $9.99 / 3.3 lb. ($3.03 / lb.)
7. love2brew (Briess): $10.75 / 3.3 lb. ($3.26 / lb.)
7. love2brew (Munton's): $10.75 / 3.3 lb. ($3.26 / lb.)
9. Northern Brewer (proprietary): $10.99 / 3.15 lb. ($3.49 / lb.)
10. Rebel Brewer (Munton's): $11.95 / 3.3 lb. ($3.62 / lb)
11. Northern Brewer (Munton's): $13.99 / 3.3 lb. ($4.24 / lb.)

DOMESTIC 2-ROW (per lb.)
*No charge for milling if not noted
1. Rebel Brewer (Rahr): $1.04
2. Farmhouse Brewing (Great Western): $1.15
3. Rebel Brewer (Briess): $1.19
4. Northern Brewer (Briess): $1.25
4. Northern Brewer (Malteurop): $1.25
4. Northern Brewer (Rahr): $1.25
7. MoreBeer (Great Western): $1.30 (unmilled)
8. love2brew (Briess): $1.35 (unmilled)
8. MoreBeer (Rahr): $1.35 (unmilled)
10. Midwest Supplies (Rahr): $1.39
11. Austin Homebrew (Briess): $1.40
11. Brewmasters Warehouse (Briess): $1.40
13. love2brew (Briess); $1.45 (milled)
14. Midwest Supplies (Briess): $1.49
15. MoreBeer (Great Western): $1.55 (milled)
16. MoreBeer (Rahr): $1.60 (milled)
17. Williams Brewing: (not offered by the pound)

BULK DOMESTIC 2-ROW (50 lb. sacks)
*No charge for milling if not noted
*MoreBeer carries Rahr in 55 lb. sacks
1. Midwest Supplies (Rahr - unmilled): $33.60 ($.67 / lb.)
2. Northern Brewer (Rahr - unmilled): $34.99 ($.70 / lb.)
3. Williams Brewing (Great Western - unmilled): $35.90 ($.72 / lb.)
4. MoreBeer (Great Western - unmilled): $35.95 ($.72 / lb.)
5. Midwest Supplies (Rahr - milled): $36.60 ($.73 / lb)
6. MoreBeer (Rahr - unmilled): $44.55 / 55 lb. ($.81 / lb.)
7. Farmhouse Brewing (Great Western): $44.63 ($.89 / lb.)
8. Rebel Brewer (Rahr): $46.80 ($.94 / lb.)
9. love2brew (Briess - unmilled): $48.00 ($.96 / lb.)
10. Midwest Supplies (Briess - unmilled): $49.50 ($.99 / lb.)
11. love2brew (Briess - milled): $52.00 ($1.04 / lb.)
12. Midwest Supplies (Briess - milled): $52.50 ($.1.05 / lb.)
13. Rebel Brewer (Briess): $53.55 ($1.07 / lb.)
14. Austin Homebrew (Briess): $65.49 ($1.31 / lb.)
15. Brewmasters Warehouse (Briess): $70.00 ($1.40 / lb.)

BRITISH MARIS OTTER (per lb.)
*No charge for milling if not noted
1. Farmhouse Brewing (Fawcett): $1.49
2. Rebel Brewer (Hugh Baird): $1.59
2. Rebel Brewer (Crisp): $1.59
2. Rebel Brewer (Fawcett): $1.59
5. Northern Brewer (Warminster): $1.75
5. Northern Brewer (unspecified): $1.75
5. Rebel Brewer (Gleneagles): $1.75
5. love2brew (Munton's): $1.75 (unmilled)
9. MoreBeer (Crisp): $1.80 (unmilled)
10. Brewmasters Warehouse (Crisp): $1.85
10. love2brew (Munton's): $1.85 (milled)
12. Midwest Supplies (Crisp): $1.89
13. Austin Homebrew (unspecified): $1.90
14. MoreBeer (Crisp): $2.05 (milled)
15. Williams Brewing (Crisp): $2.10 (unmilled)
16. Williams Brewing (Crisp): $2.35 (milled)

MUNICH MALT (per lb.)
*No charge for milling if not noted
1. Farmhouse Brewing (MFB): $1.29
2. Rebel Brewer (Weyermann): $1.39
3. Northern Brewer (Briess): $1.50
3. Northern Brewer (unspecified): $1.50
3. love2brew (Briess): $1.50 (unmilled)
6. love2brew (Briess): $1.60 (milled)
7. Midwest Supplies (GlobalMalt): $1.69
8. Austin Homebrew (Weyermann): $1.75
8. Brewmasters Warehouse (Weyermann): $1.75
10. MoreBeer (Weyermann): $1.90 (unmilled)
11. Williams Brewing (unspecified Belgian): $2.10 (unmilled)
12. MoreBeer (Weyermann): $2.15 (milled)
13. Williams Brewing (unspecified Belgian): $2.35 (milled)

HOP PELLETS (1 oz.)
1. Farmhouse Brewing: $.75-$1.75
- Mean price: $.80

2. Williams Brewing
- Domestic: $1.00-$1.25 (Centennial: $1.95, Simcoe: $2.45)
- Mean price: $1.00
- Imported: $1.25-$1.95
- Mean Price: $1.95
3. MoreBeer
- Domestic: $1.50-$2.50
- Mean price: $1.50
- Imported: $1.75
4. Rebel Brewer: $.99-$2.99
- Mean price: $1.89
5. Midwest Supplies
- Domestic: $1.50-$2.50
- Mean price: $1.80
- Imported: $1.50-$2.50
- Mean price: $2.00
6. love2brew
- Domestic: $1.50-$2.00
-Mean price: $1.80
-Imported: $1.70-$2.00 (Sorachi Ace: $2.50)
-Mean price: $2.00
7. Northern Brewer
- Domestic: $1.50-$2.25
- Mean price: $1.99
- Imported: $1.75-$2.99
- Mean price: $1.99
8. Austin Homebrew: $1.99 (Centennial: $2.49)
9. Brewmasters Warehouse: $2.15 (Citra: $2.79)

YEAST
1. Williams Brewing
- Safale US-05: $2.90
- Saflager S-23: $3.90
- Danstar Nottingham: $2.90
- White Labs: $5.90
- Wyeast: $5.75

2. Farmhouse Brewing
- Safale US-05: $2.89
- Saflager S-23: $3.99
- Danstar Nottingham: $2.99
- White Labs: (not offered)
- Wyeast: $7.29
3. MoreBeer
- Safale US-05: $2.99
- Saflager S-23: $3.95
- Danstar Nottingham: $3.50
- White Labs: $5.75
- Wyeast: $5.75
4. Rebel Brewer
- Safale US-05: $2.95
- Saflager S-23: $3.75
- Danstar Nottingham: $3.49
- White Labs: $6.49
- Wyeast: $6.49
5. Midwest Supplies
- Safale US-05: $3.29
- Saflager S-23: $4.49
- Danstar Nottingham: $3.99
- White Labs: $6.50
- Wyeast: $5.99
6. love2brew
- Safale US-05: $3.25
- Saflager S-23: $3.50
- Danstar Nottingham: $4.50
- White Labs: $6.99
- Wyeast: (not offered)
7. Northern Brewer
- Safale US-05: $3.29
- Saflager S-23: $4.50
- Danstar Nottingham: $3.99
- White Labs: $6.99
- Wyeast: $6.25
8. Brewmasters Warehouse
- Safale US-05: $3.49
- Saflager S-23: $5.49
- Danstar Nottingham: $3.99
- White Labs: $6.99
- Wyeast: $6.25
9. Austin Homebrew
- Safale US-05: $3.49
- Saflager S-23: $5.49
- Danstar Nottingham: $3.99
- White Labs: $6.99
- Wyeast: $6.99



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Old 03-15-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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I like the idea of this write-up but would like to add Farmhouse Brewing Supply to the discussion, especially for hops. They're very, very competitive with those and have fast shipping and great customer service. Nikobrew should also be added to that end of the conversation. Both make the hop list for me over and over.



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We need something like pricewatch.com for online beer supply places. Nice list but there's definitely many more places out there that sell online. I'll try to help with the list.

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Good suggestions. I can edit the original post and keep adding to it, right? Yeah, that would be awesome if they had an iPhone app that was kind of like Gas Buddy. I think once the list gets built up it can be a good reference to link others who ask about where to buy ingredients online. I think it might be good to put the location of these places, too. Nothing like hot yeast sitting on a truck for two weeks in the middle of July.

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That's a good write-up, but I'm inclined to just buy from the one nearest me (BMW). I get it next day. I can't consider $0.50 difference in the cost of something significant.

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I've been shopping love2brew.com . Prices are good while selection is growing.

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Also rebelbrewer.com (never ordered from them though)
diybrewing.com (east cost, ma -- good guys)

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Also rebelbrewer.com (never ordered from them though)
diybrewing.com (east cost, ma -- good guys)
Rebel brewer is awesome. Low prices, cheap and fast shipping. Cheap hops they have at the moment are .99 for Saaz, EKG, and tettnang.
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I love this idea! There are WAY to many sites for one person to find. Rebel Brewer is awesome! RiteBrew.com has some killer prices I got 50lbs of GWM pale ale malt for $37. BrewGadgets has some good prices and their service is excellent. My LHBS is an hour away and their prices are so so because there's no competition. Man I LOVE brewing beer!

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I just checked out Rebel Brewer and I don't know why I hadn't heard of them before. They have great prices and an even better selection. The only thing I don't like about some of these online stores, though, is that if they don't have cheap shipping, it just kills any savings you would have made on grains and hops. That's why I think you can't go wrong with someone like Brewmasters or Austin because they offer the flat rate shipping. Also, they both offer to package their grains crushed, all in one bag. Just crack her open and throw it in the mash. At this point, I don't see why every store doesn't.



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