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Arbor Wine & Beermaking Supplies

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Reviews: 7
Visits: 9
Avg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
[ Homebrew Store ]

184 Islip Ave
Islip, New York, 11751-3018
United States
phone: (631) 277-3027

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Reviews: 7 | Visits: 9
Reviews by durstoftimes:
Photo of durstoftimes
2.71/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Small, cramped space but has a fairly extensive selection of homebrewing equipment, ingredients, etc. that you need to get going. I've called before and they've been helpful at even ordering products not in stock. Have some issues with their pricing, which almost always seems to be a couple dollars more than other places.

Have to dock serious points to this place for having both yeasts and hops out at room temperatures instead of being refrigerated [Update: appears to have corrected that at least for hops]. On top of that, and the thing that boggles my mind the most, is that they will not crush or let you crush any grain there because 1) there's no mill to crush grains there due to the fact that 2) they don't want to deal with health inspections. So if you're a new homebrewer or anyone without a mill, your only option would be to drop more cash on a grain mill or take your business elsewhere for that. That or you can use their recommendation of using a rolling pin to crush the grain, which as a halfway decent homebrewer is some serious LOLs.

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Photo of kettleandcask
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of grodenjay
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

EDIT: They now mill grain on premises!!!

I've been going here to pick up ingredients and equipment for a few years now. They have changed ownership a couple years ago and have since re-organized their store and have upped their game.

The ladies who run the store now are very knowledgable and friendly. On my last visit one of them was helping a couple select some wine equipment, and the other was helping a guy select some ingredients for his next all grain batch and chatting with a gentleman interested in making some cider. She also made sure to ask if I needed any help filling my own list, as well as suggested a couple of items I had forgotten. She had even remembered me from my last visit (She helped me bring some items to my car 'cause my hands were already full). In addition, she gave me a discount when I paid in cash. Even without the discount, the price was a bit lower than I had estimated, including the fact that I picked up some extra items!

The store is small but since their re-arrangement I feel like it's a better layout. Their prices seem to be a bit more competitive these days as well. Their LME and DME was cheaper than Karp's, not sure about their pellet hop prices as those fluctuate a bit as of late. A buddy of mine who's an all-grain brewer noticed their prices had become more competitive and mentioned will be going back to them for bulk grain.

Overall I'm always very pleased when coming here. I would usually order online from Austin HBS or Northern Brewer, but since Austin's prices went up and their QC has slipped (from my latest experiences), I'm going to be coming to this place more now that their prices seem to be better.

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Photo of Spyderglx
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great homebrew shop. They owner is very knowledgable and doesn't mind spending time explaining things to you if you have questions. One cool thing they do here is put together a really extensive selection of "clone kits" and custom ingredient kits which is great as a step in between buying the pre boxed kits and making your own. The shop is a little cramped to try and fit as much stuff as possible but it is totally manageable. If you are looking for a local spot to grab your homebrew supplies this is a goo place to go.

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Photo of dxp1113
2.8/5  rDev -33.6%

I have to say this place was great, nice beer kits, nice kegging asscessories and almost everything you need to start brewing, unfortunitly I refuse to go here because of the awful way I got treated when I walked in. The one person working there was explaining to someone how fermentation worked, trying not to inturupt them I greated them, I was looked at and then the one guy went back to talking. I thought maybe they didnt work there and they were just shopping. Relizing that no one was behind the counter, i figured that the man talking must have been an employee. I looked around for about 15 min waiting for the employee to ask if I needed help, he didnt I went to him and said "I need help looking for a conection peice for a corny keg." He told me "We dont have them" but I was convinced because he was showing the man how fermentation could work in a corney keg. I pointed to the keg and said "I need a connection for that". He then told me to wait a few minutes. OK, so I looked around found a cool beer kit, and also some other brewing odds and ends that I needed, and finally I came across a box with corney keg connections, I started going through the box looking for the one I needed and when I found it, the man yelled at me, "What do you think your doing, your not alowed to touch that stuff!". I turned around and asked him, "What did I touch?", in response he told me, "I told you I would be with you a minute." I normally dont have a short temper but thats when I raised my voice and told him. " I have been waiting for almost 30 minutes since I walked in, you completely ignored me twice and now I cant even look for somthing in your store!! I'm sorry but you just lost a customer!" I placed the items I was gonna buy on the counter and stormed out. Ever since, I prommised never to go back there, either kedgo in farmingdale or buy online. Now I dont know how brewers look at young kids that brew their own beer, but I am 22, at the time I was 21 and at that point I have been brewing beer for almost 4 years. I would consider my self an intermediate to advanced brewer. But for some reason I feel like he didnt want me "touching his stuff" because I was young. Anyway, if your older then me and dont mind the minor price mark ups then this place would be great to go to, but if your a young brewer beware.

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Photo of brewerRob
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

Neat looking shop with lots of winemaking gadgets and barrels and fermenters. The place looks like a good wineshop. For my beer stuff I am surprised by how expensive it is. This place is amazingly expensive when you consider you can drive 20 minutes and pay so much less in East Northport.

The owner is pretty well known as a winemaking expert and teaches a class or two, so I guess he charges for his pedigree.

I went in expecting to buy some malt extract to pick up my gravity on a bad mash day at a friends house nearby and I was surprised by the prices.

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Photo of MrBungle544
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Well I went here to grab a kit to start homebrewing! It's a fairly small place and there's hardly any place to park. I was in there for about a minute looking at the kits until someone came up to me and asked if I needed help. I chatted with the fellow for a few minutes and I left with a super deluxe kit and a brewers best german altbier kit(fermenting as I type :D). Overall this seems like a great place but i'll be ordering kits and ingredients online from now on as there is just more variety.

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Photo of BBM
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

This place is really a goldmine for homebrew beginners like myself. Not only do they have all the equipment you need to start up, but the service is very helpful and courteous, and pointed us in the right direction for what we wanted to do. Beyond that, their selection of hops, malts, and yeast is exstensive. It can all get a bit pricey, but no worse than online retailers. And since there's no shipping cost or wait time, it's a good deal. If you're in the mid-Suffolk area and are looking to homebrew, this is the place to go.

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Arbor Wine & Beermaking Supplies in Islip, NY
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