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$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
6770 Oak Hall Ln
phone: (888) BRE-WNOW
(Place added by: Todd)
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| Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$
Have to make this comment. MDHB is wonderful, but I won't be buying my grains there again until I get a mill. My efficiency on my last 3 batches from MDHB: 65%, 57%, 52%. Efficiency from Austinhomebrew.com crushed grains: 79%, 78%, 78%.
I don't like to ship yeast, so I'll still go for that, but the 60 mile round trip isn't worth it if I have no chance of getting a consistently good crush.
Staff couldn't be more helpful, so the next time I'm in I'll ask how often they check the mill. I mean, I have never crushed my own so I don't know enough to just look and see. I'm sure they'll help, I'm just not going to risk it. I was 8 pts off my OG yesterday.
Just drove 60 miles for a yeast that was reported as IN STOCK online to find out it wasn't there yet, but it would be in the afternoon.
Should I have called first? Yes. But why have in stock/out of stock on your website if it doesn't mean anything.
Wasted 12 bucks of gas and 90 minutes.
That was my last trip.
07-21-2012 17:52:16 |
More by rallyinthevalley
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have used MDHB many times over the past several years and was there in person as recently as today. The quality of anything I have ever gotten here has been pretty good though over the years they seemed to have scaled down the variety of products they carry-which in turn looks like a lot less stuff is moving and more dust on the inventory.
That being said the service has always been very good and no matter who is working very,very knowledgeable. I have to say the selection overall is good and the choices of some of the more non-readily available grains is great. They have a self service grain area that is a breeze to use if you know what you want and how to go about it (could use bigger bags for full batches of grains).
There is a fair amount of wine making equipment as well. Not my thing but I would assume the knowledge and help is there as well.
My one gripe would be that even though they say "we ship UPS daily" if you place an order on say a Sunday the thing doesnt even get processed and shipped until they open the following Wednesday. I dont figure that as daily.
I usually stop here when I'm up that way from the Eastern Shore.
10-02-2005 01:39:19 |
More by lackenhauser
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Good availability of ingredients and supplies. I have brewed a variety of styles and have always been able to find all the ingredients from grains to hops to yeast that I needed for the batch. All the essential supplies are stocked; while not everything is available, the store will do special ordering. I have also seen them set aside items for people who request it when they do come in stock. The service here is top-notch with a very knowledgeable staff that can answer a lot of questions; I have even seen them guide beginners through the process of selecting their startup equipment and ingredient kits.
04-14-2007 11:26:11 |
More by joeysmokedporter
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here my first time home brewing and have been back ever since. No matter when I go whoever is working there is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Its a pretty small place but still has a good selection for brewing either wine or beer. If you need kits with directions and ingredients for your beer, or if you make your own recipes with your own ingredients this would be a good place to shop. If you ever get stuck brewing they know enough to help you out with the proper instructions to get out. When I first started they even encouraged me to call them if I needed help with what exactly to do. Great place, it will have all your home brewing needs.
05-18-2010 00:05:11 |
More by mjw2808
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
MDHB has a good selection and a great staff. All the White Labs yeast and domestic/imported hops you could need, plus a good selection of grains. Full sacks of grain are available at very good prices, and anything they don't have on hand can be special ordered for no extra charge as long as it's distributed by North Country or another one of their suppliers. Prices for large equipment (burners, chillers, conicals, electronic gadgets) are usually better online. Everything else is fantastic to have locally and fresh, especially with such knowledgeable employees.
08-30-2008 04:48:05 |
More by Beauregard
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite places to go. Ive shopped af ew other homebrew stores in DC metro area but always come back to Maryland Home Brew . Might be the friendliest and most knowlegable staff out there. No matter how inexpierenced you are they are more than willing to answer any and all your questions. They always have good amount of stock and maintain quality products. Thier own in house formulated recipes are great ways to start out. I would recomend anyone interested in starting to homebrew to take a ride up there and talk to these guys, they would glad to help.
10-04-2010 22:27:18 |
More by Waltwvu
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Having spent most my brewing days in the northeast, I assumed I would have to sacrifice a bit when I moved south (I guess I am a Northeast snob). Fortunately I now live a short drive from the MDHB. The employees there are helpful courteous and best of all, knowledgeable. I have been there and asked many questions, from the asinine to the thought provoking and each time they have been able to satisfactorily answer me. The store carries a wide variety of grains, kits, malts and equipment. If they don't carry it or they are out, they will offer a suggestion of where you can find it. If you bring recipes they will help you gather your ingredients, if you bring ideas they will help you think them through logically. This store and the employees have garnered my full respect and I am proud to count my self as one of their customers.
05-05-2008 02:30:15 |
More by alejandro
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is a little hard to find but once you do, the inside is really big and there is a ton of selection. The place is mostly self service but for the short time I was inside several people asked me if I needed help. I did not as I just wanted to browse. There are shelves of extract and an entire refrigerator devoted to yeast and a freezer for hops. There were about 20 specialty grains and lots of base malts. I showed up on a day that they were conducting a demo for all grain brewing. Unfortunately I did not get to attend the demo but it is a testament to the shop that they hold classes in AG brewing. It is the closest HB shop to my present location and I will definitely be using them from now on. Hopefully I can get a spot in the next AG course.
09-24-2009 19:32:18 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
If you haven't been to the new store, why wait. Go next Thursday(hint :) ). You might get to sample the wort as it goes into the fermenter. And these guys, and especially Chris will gladly answer all your questions about how to brew beer.
The knowledgable and friendly staff will cater to your every brewing need. Besides malt, yeast and hops, it's a toystore for brewing gadgets and necessary upgrades. Conical fermenters, siphon gadgets, wort chillers, kettles, etc...
The new layout has brigher cleaner appearance, and the wine section is expanded, and also separated, rightly.
Once you get to a certain dollar total, you become preferred customer (Brew Buddy) and get a 10% discount.
Perfect for beginners and brewing veterans.
12-23-2011 00:30:38 |
More by farHillsBrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This my one and only homebrew shop. A very dependable place.
The interior is a cross between a large garage and a warehouse. Concrete floors, unfinished ceiling, lots of storage space in the back. Beer paraphanalia lines the walls by the cash registers up front. Boxes of empty bottles in the entry room and towards the front of the main room.
Stepping further back, there are loads of extract brew kits and cans. Several different brewing kits and systems. Fermenters run the gamut from 6 gallon buckets, to higher tech, conical units. Several brew kettles--more cheaply bought elsewhere, but there nonetheless--also make themselves known. All kinds of accessories from clamps, clips, hoses, spigots, hop bags, airlocks, hydrometers, thermometers, and many, many other items are easily accessed as well.
In the back section of the store is a wide range of different types of grains and hops (refrigerated to the side). I would estimate there are 50 different grain varieties on display. Scales to weigh your amounts and an electricly operated mill are also here. I have yet to encounter a situation where a grain necessary to my recipe was not present. In the storage area you can buy larger bags of more commonly used grains (two-row, wheat, pilsner, etc) for a bulk rate. Hop and yeast options are extensive. Again, I've never left sans proper ingredients there.
The best part of MDHB is the staff. I can not overemphasize what a fantastic job they do. Every single member I have encountered has been extremely knowledgeable, helpful, cordial, outgoing, and just downright awesome. There have been several occasions where they have offered suggestions on ingredients for specific recipes, replacements for items previously sold out, or just encouragement for what I was going to brew. They have always remembered me as well. Just a really nice, great group of people.
On the whole, whether you are already an experienced homebrewer or an area resident just thinking about picking this up as a hobby, you need to visit this place. Those already hooked will remain so, beginners will be encouraged to continue their learning process and will most likely become more interested in this fulfilling hobby. I heartily recommend this place.
03-10-2011 00:36:20 |
More by macpapi
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