Hydrobrew Hydroponics & Homebrew Supplies


10 Ratings

Type: Homebrew

1319 South Coast Highway
Oceanside, California, 92054
United States

(760) 966-1885 | map

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of TaySuth
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: Great place for everyone from newbies to professional home brewers. They have a lot of resources for people that are just getting into home brewing and are very welcoming.

Quality: All of their equipment and supplies that I have purchased or seen there are top notch. No problems or complaints with anything I have purchased there yet.

Service: The employees are all exceptionally friendly and helpful. Very good place for new home brewers including free classes offered once a month that cover both extract and all-grain brewing. One complaint is that the place can get very busy at times causing a bit of a wait.

Selection: Excellent selection of ingredients and supplies although every once in a while something I need will be out of stock.

Value: Very good prices. Not cheap but not overpriced.

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Photo of cbanker
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is my local homebrew shop and I regularly go here, although there are many other options in the area. The prices, atmosphere, and service keep me coming back.

The selection is above average, especially since they have recently added a few types of grains (e.g. kiln coffee malt). They also tend to carry some items that other homebrew shops dont: cacao nibs, random hardware and keg parts, bulk honey.

The service is great. Most other shops make you weigh out your own grains. At Hydrobrew, you just give them (or read them) your grain bill and they will weigh everything out. They will put it through the mill if you want.

Their prices are reasonable and tend to be a little less than some of the other local shops. They offer the standard 10% discount for members of homebrew clubs.

They almost always have beers on tap to sample, which usually either things brewed at their free monthly brew classes or beers from Breakwater Brewing.

The staff are knowledgeable and helpful and I find that I often spend quite a bit of time there hanging out, talking, and sampling beers. The owner, Lars, is particularly knowledgeable. He previously brewed at Stone and is currently the head brewer at Breakwater. He is an especially good resource on the topics of brewing with unusual ingredients and sours.

Overall a great shop, and I like having a local homebrew shop where I can not only get good ingredients at a fair price, but also hang out and learn some things.

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Photo of ThomP
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%

When I moved too far away from my preferred LHBS I found Hydro-Brew. They have a good selection of equipment and ingredients. I'm always offered a taster when I go. They are a fairly knowledgeable staff, not just on the beer front but for Mead also. It is full service, I show up with list in hand and walk out with a box of goodness. Great store, we could do much worse. Every time I go I find some new equipment I didn't know they had. The store is laid out nicely and everything is easy to find. They are more than willing to go online and find the answer to your question.

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Photo of jorgey454
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%

I just moved to San Diego county, and have been looking around for homebrew suppliers. Hydrobrew takes the cake.

This is THE place to go for homebrewing supplies in north county San Diego, no question at all. The store is very well organized and very clean. Ingredients are fresh, the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Exceptional service, good prices too.

The equipment I bought was LITERALLY 25% cheaper than the prices I saw in Home Brew Mart in San Diego.

Hydrobrew will be my supplier from here on.

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Photo of fatalbert23
5/5  rDev +12.1%

What to say what to say??? First off this is a homebrew/hydroponics store and offers all materials that might be needed for either hobby. Sticking to the homebrew side of the store, the selection of equipment is excellent. They have some of the freshest hops and malts I have been able to find even when things aren't looking good for hops. They carry several brands of yeast including the San Diego company White Labs. I use White Lab yeast for my personal homebrews and it is the best!!! The service is off the hook and the guys in there are amazing, with their combined knowledge and love of beer it makes for a real good time. If you find yourself in there, make sure to ask for a sample of whatever they've got brewed up. All and all this store is North County's premier homebrew supply shop.

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Photo of robotfoot
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

even with the hop shortage you can still manage to walk away with good quality and good priced hops. the staff is always excited and willing to help you out with either buying equipment or materials. never had the feeling that i was talking to a salesperson at anytime of the purchase. the only problem ive ran into with the selection is the hops mostly centennial but as ive heard its like finding a needle in a haystack these days. it also seems more like the employees and owner are just more excited to work with beer and deal with beer enthusiasts.... definitely recommend to anyone beginner or veteran brewer!


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Photo of robotfeet
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%

First off, this place is awesome. It is the only store that I go to for homebrew supplies. They have a good selection malts and hops, but the best thing about the store is the people that work there. They will help and advise you on any aspect of homebrewing. Whether you are just starting out or have been doing this for a while, they treat everyone the same. Also, most importantly, they are really knowledgeable when it comes to all styles of beer, whether it be extract or all grain recipes. I'm usually in there about once a month, and have never had a bad experience. If you live in the area, check them out for sure.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
3.85/5  rDev -13.7%

Good to have a brew supply back in North County. After that wierd crap with Beer and Wine Craft and Brewmaxor...They have a good selection of grains for the home brewer but only cans for extract brewers...no bulk goo. The staff is extremely helpfull and will order anything for you...they also have gardening and hydroponics available...welll abck to brew ...excellent yeast selection and the owner used to work at Stone as a brewer so plenty of useful info if you ask...he won't steer you wrong. Pircie is good for being a small joint...Beer Beer Beer is a better price BUT YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR SHIPPING AND YOU MUST SUPPORT THE LOCAL SHOPS SO THEY STAY AROUND. Just my soapbox 2 cents.

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Hydrobrew Hydroponics & Homebrew Supplies in Oceanside, CA
4.46 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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