Want to get into homebrewing but don’t know how to get started? One of the first things you’ll need to figure out is where to buy homebrewing supplies, equipment, and ingredients. There are a lot of options out there, and some are better than others. Don’t worry, though, because we’re here to help! Here are our top picks for where to buy homebrewing supplies!
Local Homebrew Supply Shop
We always recommend supporting your local homebrew supply shop (LHBS). Local homebrew supplies are almost always independently owned local small businesses, owned and operated by homebrewers like you! They are often big supporters of the hobby and are generally active in local homebrew clubs. Local homebrew supply shops are fantastic resources for brewing advice. It is in every homebrewers best interest to help support them and keep them in business.
With that said, you may not have a nearby homebrew supply store, and you may need to consider purchasing homebrewing equipment and ingredients from an online retailer. When that is the case, we have a few favorite retailers that we recommend ordering from:
MoreBeer is one of our favorite online retailers for homebrewing equipment. They have excellent customer service, a huge selection of equipment and ingredients, and often offer the lowest price available. Because they offer free shipping over $59.00, ordering from MoreBeer is usually the cheapest, fastest, and overall best option for ordering homebrewing ingredients and equipment online. While free shipping doesn’t include freight shipping for 55lb sacks of bulk grain, we have a hack for getting the best possible price when ordering base malts in bulk from MoreBeer. We have been ordering from MoreBeer often for several years and have never had a bad experience.
Adventures in Homebrewing, or homebrewing.org, is another one of our favorite online homebrew supply stores. AIH is awesome because they run a lot of promotions and sales throughout the year that can help you get homebrewing equipment upgrades at a cheaper price than you would normally spend elsewhere. They are always running sales on their products, and even run promotions like giving customers a $20 gift card with any $100.00 purchase. AIH offers free shipping on most orders over $55, but they do have some exclusions.
AIH has great customer service and a solid selection, making it one of our favorite places to order homebrewing equipment and ingredients online.
Great Fermentations isn’t quite as big as MoreBeer or Adventures in Homebrewing, but they always seem to carry an item I’m looking for when no one else does. They have a solid selection of items and a great customer service team that is always happy to answer questions. They are also the only place to buy malts from my favorite family run independent malt house, Sugar Creek Malt Co., who makes the best smoked malts I’ve ever tried. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or want to try some awesome smoked malts, we recommend ordering from Great Fermentations!
If you’re looking for a wort chiller, I highly recommend checking out JaDeD Brewing’s Hydra or Scylla immersion chillers. I personally use one, and it is my favorite chiller of any type that I have ever used. If you want to learn more about the types of wort chillers and some recommended ones of each type, check out our guide to the best wort chillers for homebrewing.
Delta Brewing Systems has a line of great stainless steel brewing equipment at much lower prices than their competition. Even though they cost less, their produces are feature packed and solid quality. I personally use a Delta Brewing Systems FermTank conical fermenter, and I love it. If you want to learn more about conical fermenters and see a comparison of some recommended ones, check out our guide to the best conical fermenters under $400 for homebrewing.
There are times where you need something quickly, at a cheaper price, or you can’t get it from a retailer like MoreBeer or AIH. For those situations, it’s hard to do better than Amazon. Amazon has a huge selection of homebrewing equipment, and is especially good for getting small things, like quick connects, hydrometers, thermometers, and other small brewing accessories.
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