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Old 03-13-2014, 04:18 PM   #11
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I'm equidistant between MHE and Woburn - Beer and Wine Hobby. I never go to MHE. everything is better and Beer and Wine Hobby - selection, service, ingredients, parking... Even when I was working in Cambridge (Kendall Square), it was actually just as fast to drive over to Woburn during lunch. The only thing I pickup at MHE is if I need a used keg since Beer and Wine hobby only has new kegs.
If you're moving back to Cambridge, you should check out the craft beer store in Belmont. Very good selection.

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Old 03-13-2014, 04:47 PM   #12
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I like MHE over the Woburn store. For most of grains (and IIRC, all the specialty grains), at Woburn you must buy them in 1-lb or 5-lb increments, which isn't much help if you are buying for a single brew. MHE lets you buy whatever quantities you want of any grain. I agree that Woburn seems more wine-focused and, to me, seems more of a mail-order shop that lets you come in person, while MHE is an in-person store.

So far, I've only had to go to Woburn once for something I couldn't get at MHE--last month I wanted some medium-toast oak chips for a RIS and MHE was out of the 1/4 lb bags. I didn't want a pound, so I got some at Woburn.

I've been pretty lucky with the staff at MHE, including the guy who pulled out his brew log and let me copy down a recipe the last time I was there.
that's not actually true. at the woburn store, you can buy the main types of grain in any quantity. they have the bins and scale right there. For the more specialized grains, you might be stuck with the 1 or 5 lb bags.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:56 PM   #13
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that's not actually true. at the woburn store, you can buy the main types of grain in any quantity. they have the bins and scale right there. For the more specialized grains, you might be stuck with the 1 or 5 lb bags.
For me, that is a showstopper. I don't have a mill, so I mill at the LHBS. If I mill a pound of a specialty grain to have 4 ounces to use, I've got 12 ounces (or 4 pounds 12 ounces) sitting there going bad.

For other people in other situations, the 1 or 5 pound limitation may not matter.

In the end, I think the OP should just visit both places and see which suits him better. What works for me might not work for you, etc.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:20 PM   #14
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that's not actually true. at the woburn store, you can buy the main types of grain in any quantity. they have the bins and scale right there. For the more specialized grains, you might be stuck with the 1 or 5 lb bags.
I do not want to be rude, but I think that this user is not correct at all. "Main types of grains" is very small at Beer and Wine Hobby in Woburn, limited to basically German Pilsner, US 2 Row, and 2 to 3 other grain varieties; further, their scale system is not very ergonomic.

I also disagree with this user's assessment that "everything is better" at BWH in Woburn for beer. I think that there are SO many grains they do not have on hand. Examples (that MHE in Cambridge do have on hand) include: almost any "cara" malt, like CaraStan, CaraFoam, etc.) 500 Lovibond Roasted Barley (they only carry the 300 degree Lovibond style, which isn't as good for American RIS), many flaked varieties are missing (e.g. rye), Munich 20 Lovibond, white and dark wheat malt versus the basic version, the list goes on and on.

On the other hand, you can find almost any grain at MHE. I challenge this user to find one grain variety at the Woburn store that you cannot find at MHE; however, the converse is easy to show.
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