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Old 12-22-2010, 02:24 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,
I am new to this, and I have run into a problem. I've done a couple kits and I want to move on to crafting my own beer but I can't get ingredients at a reasonable price. I live in South Western Ontario, and essentially the only Brewing supplies I can get my hands on are ingredients that You-Brew stores sell.

Does anyone have any recommendations for online resources? Or a Store in London, Toronto or Detroit?

Guard Well,

Brad

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Old 12-22-2010, 02:42 AM   #2
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https://groups.google.com/group/are-you-an-SOB?hl=en

A very active brew club in Southern Ontario.
Also read through this :
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/groups/canadian-brewers/
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:19 AM   #3
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There was also another recent thread about buying supplies in Canada:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/best...canada-207574/

Since that thread I made an order with http://www.homebrewgearcanada.com/ -- highly recommended!

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Old 12-22-2010, 03:30 AM   #4
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you look like you're closee to the US border. I have a coworker from Canada who orders stuff(not homebrew but other merchandise online) and has it shipped to a dedicated drop box just over the border since it's supposedly cheaper to pay tariffs driving across the border than it is to mail order stuff from the states. However, the people I know are in Winnipeg so I can't recommend any drop boxes in your area, but I would guess they have the same setup there somewhere. If that's an option you could just order from any online retailer and you'd be good to go.

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Old 12-22-2010, 06:20 AM   #5
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I'm in Chatham and do most of my ordering through Canadian Home Brew Supplies. If you know any other all-grain brewers we could always look at doing bulk buys to save some money. I've been trying to compile a list of home brewers close to Chatham-Kent. The SOB is great but is mostly Toronto-based.

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:31 PM   #6
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I have been dealing with a local guy he has an add on kijiji. Cool guy working toward supplying homebrew supplies to our area. I got some corny kegs and accessories from him, good service and knowledgable.


http://windsor.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ250909708

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Old 01-25-2011, 01:33 AM   #7
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There was a thread about this two days ago, do a search and you will find a bunch of responses already.

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Old 01-25-2011, 03:27 AM   #8
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I am lucky to have a great homebrew store here in Edmonton so I haven't ever had to order grains online.
However for bulk hops I can't reccomend hopsdirect.com enough, their hops are great, their prices are dirt cheap, their "pound" usually weighs it at around 18 oz. Even with shipping to Canada prices are usually around $1/oz which is about 1/3 the cost my LHBS charges. Make sure to ask for USPS shipping and NOT UPS however as I hear UPS can screw you on brokerage charges.

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Old 01-25-2011, 03:37 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info Veinman much appreciated cheers!

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Old 01-25-2011, 02:01 PM   #10
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I see you're in Windsor - I'm in Essex. I get my supplies from Adventures in Homebrewing in Taylor, Michigan - www.homebrewing.org. Great selection, great prices and a very knowledgeable staff. They're located just off Telegraph and I94, a very short trip from Windsor. Takes me about 45 minutes each way from Essex.

As for Canadian sources, there is nothing close to us. Canadian Homebrew Supplies in Brampton (www.homebrew-supplies.ca) and Homebrew Gear Canada in Annan (?) www.homebrewgearcanada.com are the only ones with a decent selection and "reasonable" prices. The local "make your own wine" shops have some supplies and hardware but nothing in the way of actual homebrewing ingredients or equipment.

Cheers!
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