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Homebrew4Less.com LLC

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13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 41.04%
[ Homebrew Store ]

890 Lincoln Way West
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 17202
United States
phone: (717) 504-8534

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(Place added by: bbrodka on 04-27-2009)
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Reviews by cps98:
Photo of cps98
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%

This place has everything you need for Homebrew (wine or beer) and a large assortment of other products too like cheese making supplies, and hot sauce.

Great selection of grains and a boat load of wine kits to choose from. He always has new / fresh yeast. If you can't find it in the store I'm sure the owner would be able to order it.

I've ordered online and picked-up in the store. As soon as I walk in everything is bagged and ready to go which is great if you're in a hurry.

The guy who owns the place is a wealth of info and he's always willing to answer any questions you have. I recommend it to anybody who needs homebrew supplies.

cps98, Oct 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JebediahScooter
1/5  rDev -74%

I ordered a pound of Nelson Sauvin online after searching around...they beat most other online sources by a fair amount on the price, so I ordered my hops. When I did, I noticed that it said that they would be in stock in about 4 days and would ship them (my card would be charged when they shipped). I waited patiently after my June 14 order until July 7, when I emailed to inquire about the status of my order. No reply. I waited patiently again until July 31, when I emailed a second time. No reply. I emailed again yesterday (August 8). No reply. I echo what the previous reviewer said...buyer beware when it comes to ordering anything online from them. ZERO customer service.

JebediahScooter, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of JayHargett
1/5  rDev -74%

They may have a great store presence, and knowledgeable staff and owner, but they've demonstrated an incompetence to their online business. They either don't have the personnel to handle their online business, or it's little more than an afterthought. Either way, the online customer is simply not a priority.
Poor/outdated website updates, poor/inacurate live inventory updates, bad/canceled-service chat links, poor/non-existent email communication, poor/non-existent phone communication, call-forwarding to a stock VM recording instead of any indication that the forwarding is owned by the vendor.
This is all evidence of simply not being up to the task of credibly tending to their business. The store may be great, but that is of no use or benefit to any potential online customer.

JayHargett, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of y2jrock60
5/5  rDev +29.9%

This is the only Homebrew shop that I will give business. I used to purchase grains through the internet or at Homebrew stores in the Lancaster area until moving to Chambersburg.

Every time you walk into the store you're greeted by Blaine. He will make sure you leave the store with all of your questions answered. His grain and hop prices are the lowest I've seen. He even gets shipments of hard to find hops that most online retailers don't have in stock. If he knows who you are he'll let you know when hard to find hop varieties are coming in and will even hold them for you. Most items that are out stock can be delivered within a week of request. He will even call you multiple times to let you know your item has arrived and hold it off to the side. Blaine is really the only employee at the shop, with the exception of a few helpers every now and then.

The shop gets a large deal of internet business with online orders piling up front. I'm not sure why some reviewers had problems with online orders. I would take those reviews with a grain of salt.

Homebrew4Less is the only Homebrew shop in Pennsylvania that is certified by Blichmann to sell their high end products.

Homebrew4Less is the best Homebrew store I've dealt with and the only one I will give business too.

Blaine will go out of his way to satisfy every customer. He even helped me and my buddy drill a hole in our Keggle and mount a valve on with his own personal time and tools

y2jrock60, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of JFK_VT
1.55/5  rDev -59.7%

Recently I placed an order for a pound of hops and a few other basics from Homebrew4Less.com. I was surprised they had these hops in stock as all other suppliers seemed to be out of them. Huhmm?? I placed my order via pay pal. Three weeks went by and not an email or phone call letting me know the status of my order. Finally, I called them to find out the status. They were out of stock until this fall. I requested a refund and after not wanting the pelet version of the hops, I was hung up on. After repeated attempts (more than a dozen) to contacted them again, no luck. I filed a complaint with pay pal. I consider my order a complete loss. Don't make the same mistake I made. I will never do business with Homebrew4less.com again.

JFK_VT, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of NCnate
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%

I placed an order with homebrew4less last week and they shorted me several items. I attempted to contact them 3 times on 3 different days during their posted business hours and left 3 messages...no replies. I emailed them through the PayPal resolution center...no reply.

The quality of their packaging was pretty pathetic as well. I ordered a bag of grain and it packed with so much air inside it that the high temperatures of my mailbox nearly caused it to burst inside the primary package. Little care was given to protect the delicate parts of my order (the ones they actually shipped).

There's no way I will ever shop here again. Sure, they have a lot of home brew items, but many other stores so as well....and without the headache!

NCnate, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of BrewerBruce
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Found Homebrew4Less while googling for LME for brewing. They carry an excellent selection of LME, including the complete line of Briess malts. I like to buy in bulk to save money, and they stock the 33lb jugs. I think I even saw they had 180lb drums!

But what really sold me is the customer service. Blaine called me on my first order to say something was backordered. With most online stores, you are lucky they even bother to email you days later to say it is being backordered. On my most recent order, I asked Blaine to make sure it shipped the next day so I would get it by the weekend. Well in a matter of minutes, I had the electronic tracking number and knew that it would be out the next day. Absolutely the best customer service out there.

The web site is a bit funky, but I kind of like that, since you know it is a real person behind it all. I recommend you check them out if you need homebrewing supplies.

BrewerBruce, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of NoFrackingBrew
5/5  rDev +29.9%

When I started home brewing I would buy beer-making supplies at supermarkets and liquor stores. Shopping Online I came across homebrew4less.com. Before buying online I visited the store in South-Central Pennsylvania and I was impressed.

The store had everything I needed to restart beer making and then some. Their wine making and distilling inventory was equally impressive. Blaine, "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer", said that if they didn't have it in stock he would order it for me and would ship it out the same day.

Blaine is knowledgeable in the craft (he has been home brewing since the 80's). After thirty years of home brewing I still consider myself an intermediate-novice. I have met quite a few "beer and wine making snobs". Blaine was not one of them. He answered all my questions in down-to-earth, understandable terms.

I highly recommend HomeBrew4less to all levels of brewers. I give homebrew4less an A+ in customer service, knowledge and inventory.

NoFrackingBrew, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of mojohops
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Blaine never fails to impress. I found his store online while searching for a specific beer, and immediately took off for the store.

Blaine is a quintessential beer guy, and loves to talk beer. His prices are reasonable. He stocks an impressive selection of hard to find beers. I've picked up countless kits from this store in the 6 weeks that I've been going there. He makes excellent recommendations, keeps his website updated constantly with new beers, and knows about everything he sells. He's friendly, professional, and your happiness is at the top of his priority list.

I've taken 2 friends to the store. All of them were equally impressed, and I know some of them have already been back for more. I can't say enough about Blaine, and his wonderful beer store.

We get a lot of visitors in the region touring the excellent breweries in Pa. If you're coming to the Pa area, you are really missing out if you don't stop by to meet Blaine at Home brew 4 Less.

I have a feeling someone out there would be willing to argue their favorite beer store is better, but I honestly don't think there is another store out there that will leave you as satisfied.

Greg Es

mojohops, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of sparktrician
4.85/5  rDev +26%

I have been visiting homebrew for less since august 2009 when I started into brewing my own. I say visiting because it is more like hanging out with friends with common interests. The store opened in July so I have watched it grow as Blaine constantly replenishes and adds to his inventory to keep us all supplied with the merchandise WE want instead of what he wants to sell us.

Sometimes it is so overwhelming the different kinds of malts , the many different strains of yeasts , and enough other little things that we don't all know we need that at that point Blaine's experience and knowledge of what he is selling really shines. So many times I have gone in asking questions and getting the exact answer I needed without feeling like an idiot for asking.

Before going to homebrew4less I was looking through a magazine to buy supplies but once I compared prices I threw out the magazine the prices were that good. Then there is the selection , the magazine was limited to THEIR product. At homebrew4less if they dont have what you are looking for they will order it for you and almost always order extra so it is there when you need more without having to wait for it to come in again.

Overall my experience at homebrew4less has been excellent not only have I found a great place to purchase my supplies but also friendly answers to all my questions. Thanks alot to the owner and staff.

sparktrician, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of maownbey
5/5  rDev +29.9%

This place is way ahead of the curve.
I found bomebrew4less.com while researching equipment and I found this place to be outstanding.
The web site home page is extensive,easy to use and informatiove.
The best part of all is the customer service you recieve.
The owner has grat communiction skills,follows up on orders and keeps you informed of orders and shipment information.
The selection and pricing of Blichmann equipment is superior with fast delivery and above all quality.
I have been to everyone of the "where to buy" vendor sites provided on Blichmann engineering.com and Homebrew4leass is head and sholders above the rest, but do not just take my word for it, check it out for yourself !!!
I oder from homebrew4less and pay the shipping rather than go to local brew stores in Vancouver Wa or Portland Or-- WHY?---the local guys have crappy attitude and service and their prices are higher than I pay at Homebrew4less.

I rate this 5STAR-A+++
Check it out.

maownbey, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of gestyr
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%

This store is a great asset to the Chambersburg PA area. It takes me about an hour to get there and it is worth the trip. Great selection, reasonable prices and friendly and knowledgeable staff. They are still setting up some of their inventory on the shelves but don't let that stop you from dropping in. Each time I have walked through the door I have received a friendly greeting and expert assistance was offered. They have a good setup and I think they have great potential. I plan on visiting this store often.

gestyr, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of bbrodka
5/5  rDev +29.9%

While this homebrew shop just opened, it looks like it is going to be a valuable asset for homebrewers!
They has an extensive inventory of Grain (over 70 types), Hops (over 40 kinds) Yeast, (over 50 types), over 60 Beer Kits, and over 60 Wine Kits As well as beer and wine making equipment.
The Store is clean and looks professional, and will be offering brew on premise and classes in the future.
All of the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, they have excellent kits for all brewing levels, and they are always willing to order any equipment that you may need on the off chance it is not in the store. The store owners are also incredibly supportive of the local homebrew and beer culture, and are actively involved in the local homebrew club.

Having moved around and visited a few other LHBS, I really feel like Chambersburg area brewers are lucky to have such a resource.

bbrodka, Jul 07, 2009
Homebrew4Less.com LLC in Chambersburg, PA
88 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.