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Karp's Homebrew Shop

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Type: Homebrew

2 Larkfield Rd
East Northport, New York, 11731
United States

(516) 261-1235 | map

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by rem5:
Photo of rem5
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

As a local, living 10 minutes away.. this is my quick stop for supplies. From now on I will order online from larger retailers with a larger stock now that I have some experience.

This homebrew shop is good to get started. Al will answer all your questions and is a real nice guy. As he is very busy with his other business the homebrew shop seems to be less than 100%. Stock is slow to come in, but generally the necessities are there. On saturdays however, it is not uncommon for homebrewers and beer snobs to come in to do taste testing. It seems like a nice local tradition for some constructive criticism for homebrew. Al is more than happy to tell you where your beer lacks or shines.

For a first time brewer I highly recommend this shop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bluecrow
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SwG237
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of vfgccp
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Karp's homebrew is a great homebrew store located right in east northport (by the train station). It is located in the back of a hardware store, which believe it or not comes in handy pretty often.

They have a great selection of brewing supplies, and brewing equipment of both wine and beer supplies, as well as kegging/bottling equipment. This includes separate ingredients and pre-set brewing kits. Also, they have a great selection of yeasts, dry and liquid, in the back. They also have a grain mill there to help you crush your grains if you need.

The owner of the store, Alan, is a great guy. He knows everything about brewing (and hardware). He can help anyone from a beginner brewer, all the way up to advanced brewing technique and recipe building. Just make sure he is in the day you are going if you need any help or advice. The rest of the staff, although nice and helpful, doesn't know much about brewing and can't add much in the way of advice.

If you need homebrew supplies and are any where near the commack, northport area (possibly even farther) this is the place to go!

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I live on Long Island and was directed by my cousin to this destination... he's the home brewer who got me on my kick.

Atmosphere is a tough one to rate... it is the back of a hardware store but it's a nice section of items and it's always clean.

Their items are all made by top brands and their products are fresh - I'm especially appreciative of the yeast and hops being refrigerated.

The service is pretty good - the owner warms up to you eventually after a few visits and, like it's ben mentioned, is more than happy to help carry items out to your car when you grab a bunch of stuff. he was great about showing me how to mill the grains on my own and he knew it would be more rewarding for me to do it than to have him do it each time.

I'm happy with the selection of products (he has tons of inventory for items that look like they're getting low if you just ask) but would be happy if there were some more specialty grains available.

His prices are more than reasonable. I'm still buying one pound at a time of my grains but I think I'll get my own mill soon so I can start to purchase 10 or 50 pound sacks to save some money.

Overall I'm happy with it as my home brew store.

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Photo of Darkstashcrashes
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Karp's is a family owned Hardware store in the village of East Northport. In the front they have all your hardware needs and in the back all your beer and wine making needs. The staff is super nice. I cannot say about their knowledge, because i did not really ask to specific questions. I was there for my grain and hops.

I was really impressed with the pricing first of all. Their selection of specialty grains is fantastic. Best of all, they have a mill! I started going to Arbor Wine and Beer when i was first starting to brew. I pretty much got everything from them. Now that i brew all grain i realize how expensive they are, and they don't have a mill.

I am not hear to blast Arbor though.

Karp's has a great Beer making selection. From grains to extracts to hops. They only thing they don't carry is White Labs yeast, and i did not see much whole cone hops. Other then that, i am not going anywhere els on LI again.

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Photo of brewerRob
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

I've shopped all three homebrew places on Long Island. This place is so much cheaper than the others. $30.00 less per 55lbs of malt for example. $10.00 less on carboys. The other stores should think this over. The selection is good and fresh, but not the biggest selection you ever saw.

You have to ask for liquid yeast, it's in another room. Here the hops are in the fridge, at Arbor in Islip they don't refrigerate hops. They are open every day too, which makes them better than the other two places.

Marris otter 55 pounds I paid $55.00, at Arbor it's $87.00. A can of malt extract is 3 or 4 bucks less too.

I've shopped here for 4 years and never bought anything that was bad.
(It's also a great hardware store and close to my house in Commack, bonus for me)

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

This was where I got my first home brew kit and set of equipment. Everything is of solid quality that you would expect. The service is pretty good... there's one guy who seems to handle all the brewing stuff and he's very friendly (as are the other employees) and they'll always carry your stuff to your car with you. The grain selection seems a little small so I'd recommend getting your ingredients offline, but the equipment they carry is all you'll need and is competitively priced. Its a good place to start if you don't know what you're doing yet.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

The first couple of times I was in the place it was pretty good. Decent selection of grains, hops, and yeast. Although better be ready to substitute on crystal or specialty malts.

The last time I was in the refrigerator was broken. No liquid yeast was gone (good since it shouldn't just sit out) but dry was just sitting there as were the hops. Grain selection was pretty bad, had base malt but could not find the crystal malt I wanted or dextrin.

Only one guys there is a brewer and he is not really helpful. The other people are quite nice and helped me out to car when I got a bunch of stuff.

Selection isn't great, but it is just a small portion of the store so I can live with it, at least the have homebrew stuff! Call before going if you are looking for something specific.

Can't complain about the prices, hops were cheap even during shortage (compared to online stores) and they had a good selection.

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Photo of tempest
2.05/5  rDev -46.1%

Wow, this place blew me away with what an awful experience I had here. Maybe I've just been spoiled by the likes of Keystone Homebrew Supply in Bethlehem, PA, but these guys seemed way out of line.

I showed up at 2:45 on a Sunday with a recipe in hand and knowing everything I wanted and they refused to help me because they wanted to make sure they locked the door are were out by 3. I guess the customer isn't always number.

The selection left a lot to be desired, but I guess that's not surprising considering this is just a back section in a hardware store. Grain was only available in 1, 10, or 55 lb bags and the selection of specialty grains was sparce.

I pity Long Island if these are the sort of stores the homebrewers have to deal.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

This store is close to my house so it is very convenient. I have purchased a few pieces of hardware for my kegerator there. The prices for such was moderate

A relatively good selection of homebrew supplies. Several extract kits to choose from and plenty of 1, 2, 5 and 10 pound bags of grain/specialty grain. There is a grain mill available on premises. The hops and yeast are all kept refrigerated. However, the hops and yeast in the extract kits are not. The homebrew supplies were reasonably priced.

The store is primarily a hardware store, which devotes the back portion of the store to homebrewing supplies.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

Drove out with a friend to get all our homebrewing supplies for a first batch. Turns out the guy wasn't even there the first time that we stopped in. So we left a message and picked up a homebrewing bible and two carboys. They had an okay selection, but their malts were in disarray, missing stock and just generally not very organized. Because it was a hardware store no one was really around to guide you. I'm sure if the head guy was there it would have been fine, but I wasn't too happy.

The place is small, and they have a fridge in the back with an okay selection. For the first time person, I would say it's a good idea to go to a shop so you can really have someone talk to you about the whole first time brewing process because there are quite a few steps. Overall, I hope that this place does well for itself, but they need to overhaul the way they stock.

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Photo of twilight
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Needing yeast in advance to make a starter, I braved weather and the Long Island Railroad to the East Northport stop on the Port Jefferson Line. Once off the train, you walk across the tracks to Karp's Hardware. The homebrew section is in the back of the store in a small area no bigger than a NYC bedroom. Selection is decent, many different grains, malts, kits and extracts. They also had party pig supplies and, because they are a hardware store, various strange looking beer appliances. Hops and Yeast are further back, beyond a plastic curtained area in a fridge. Nice selection of hop pellets, but small selection of fresh hops. They also have stoppers and other unidentifiable (to the beginning homebrewer) items related to beermaking. They did have lots of beer books, and back issues of 'Brew' the magazine.

Note that coming from NYC by train, it takes 90 min to get here. Once in East Northport, you have either 15min or 1hr 45 min to do your shopping until the return train.

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Karp's Homebrew Shop in East Northport, NY
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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