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Old 03-18-2011, 12:23 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I typically get my grain through the internet because there is no LHBS near me. However, I recently discovered that the Whole Foods in the Bowery section of NYC sells grains by the lb., and that's not too far from my work It doesn't make sense for me to always buy my grain there all the time, because by the time I pay the subway fair, tax, NYC prices, etc. its almost break even with flat rate shipping. I thought I might use the place for last minute grain purchases though.

Does anyone have any experience with the freshness/quality of their ingrediants? It looked like all the grain was pre-ground, but I'm not sure how much grain they move.

On a side note, I was kind of impressed with their beer selection and the fact that they have beer on tap as well.

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Old 03-18-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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I haven't bought grain there but they do have one of the best beer selections I've seen. Very helpful staff as well!

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Old 03-18-2011, 02:54 AM   #3
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They sell malted grains like two row and crystal? I've never heard of a Whole Foods doing this... intriguing.

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The few times I've bought grain there it has always been very fresh, though the selection of course isn't as good as at brooklyn hombrew.

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This caught my eye, too. Many grains, a decent yeast selection if you ask, and basic equipment. I've definitely considered investing in a few of their swing-top 32-ounce bottles, too (full af draft beer, of course.) Very happy to have this in Manhattan. And the beer selection is great, although maybe a shade below that of New Beer Distributors nearby. And the day I was there, the room was fairly hot, and they have a lot of the beer in open shelving next to the windows, so while the grain might be fine, I'm mildly concerned about the beer long-term.

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they have beer yeast? Now I gotta take a growler down and check them out.

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And the beer selection is great, although maybe a shade below that of New Beer Distributors nearby.
That's why I never go there. Not much of a point to pay more for beer with New Beer just a few blocks down.
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This is right by my apartment and I go there all the time. I don't usually buy grain there because BMW's prices/selection/grind is so great but I have picked up a few odds and ends there ( not to mention tons of great beer).
Just FYI: their bulk grain (decent selection) is not pre ground, only their kits. They'll grind it for you there but the guy tells me that their mill is set to it's factory setting so the grind prob isn't great (but if you don't mind buying a couple xtra lbs of grain to compensate, no big deal).
In addition to having your typical selction of dry yeast they are a wyeast house but they don't carry the Activator smack packs, only the smaller propigator packs (kinda silly).
They also have a decent selection of hops but pricey.
They often run out of basic stuff like tubing but their prices on things like 2000ml flasks ($15), bazooka screens ($11), and bottles ($10/case) can't be beat.

Oh, yeah BIG +1 for New Beer

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There's been a few threads about it on here since it started carrying homebrew supplies. Also several online stories, like this one-Manhattan’s first homebrew shop opens at Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room

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Yeah, but they only started carrying bulk grains about 6-8 weeks ago. Before that everything was prepackaged.

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