Homebrew4Less Inc.

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Type: Homebrew

9181 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, California, 92071-3723
United States

(619) 448-3773 | map

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Added by BrianTheBrewer30 on 09-08-2010

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Part and parcel of the beverages4less store, this be the homebrew side in the same building.

Its in the same meh crappy kind of strip mall area, parking lot with no shade.

Things get better inside. There's a ton of different hops and malt to choose from. Equipment ranging from starter kits to more high end stuff. The prices are better for homebrew than it is buying the finished product.

Freddie seems willing to chat it up and help out just as much as he is eager to make a sale, and there's nothing wrong with that. Seems to take care of his regulars and desiring to make new first timers regulars with his hospitality.

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Photo of coolparrot
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very good selection of Home Brewing supplies! They have grains the others don't have. They have a killer price on 2Row too! Every Friday they have a tasting from 4-6. Brewers bring in their wares and taste as well as exchange ideas and info. Freddy, the owner always generously cracks open something rare to taste too. Fun place to stop in on a Friday for a taste and they always have the Beer I'm looking for in stock. A couple of times a year they have a BBQ and workshop for the customers. Really cool. Also the hours are late so when I need something last minute when everyone else is closed, they have it!

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

HomeBrew4Less is part of the larger store Beverages4Less owned by Fred. He managed to free up a bunch of space by the store to put together a pretty bang-up selection of home brew supplies. He has starter kits for the uninitiated, and a pretty large selection of raw ingredients as well. His prices are definitely the lowest in the San Diego area which is very attractive when preparing your malt bill for the next batch. I took the time to do some price comparisons, and to be completely truthful you can manage to get ingredients online for slightly less. At the same time you generally need to buy quite a bit to really see any savings. This is a time saver, and a money saver when faced with the other options in town. His selections of grains and hops are outstanding. If you're an extract brewer you may run into some availability issues from time to time if you brew "big" beers that require more than 10lbs of a specific extract. Other than that great customer service, great products, and very reasonable prices.

He can also have custom work done for you if you ask. Fred has had some old kegs laser cut on the top in the past to give you a relatively inexpensive 10-15gallon kettle.

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Photo of tackfactory
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Like any serious homebrewer in San Diego over the past 14 years I've become intimately familiar with the local homebrew store(s). I'd compare the experience to an afternoon fishing charter. The hours are terrible, it's overcrowded, it's too expensive for what you get, and what you get leaves bones in your throat. Me, I'm tired of getting boned!

Homebrew4Less shines for the two most important reasons: great prices and long hours. The prices are like resetting the clock back five years to a time when making beer was good value. Ingredients are easily 10-15% less expensive than anywhere else, by my estimation. A full selection of ingredients, too, particularly hops and yeast.

As for the hours: Monday, Sun: 8am-9pm, Tues.-Thurs.: 8am-10pm, Fri.-Sat.: 8am-11pm
Guaranteed there won't be any "closed for vacation" or "closed for company event" sign on this place's window. Did I mention arguably the best beer selection in town? A treasure trove of bottles for any serious beer hunter and the perfect "to-go's" for brew day.

I really hope this place does well and maintains the low prices. Highly recommend that all QUAFFers and homebrewers try this place out for a batch and see for yourselves.

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Photo of dougshea
5/5  rDev +17.6%

I've been going to beverages 4 less for over a year now. Freddie always aims to please all different levels of beer drinkers. The selection of beer is the best I have ever seen and there is service with a smile.

Bev 4 Less just opened home brew 4 less in the same store today 9/4/10. The prices are very competitive and has all the top ingredients I need to brew. Barley, hops, yeast, kits, hoses, cleaning tools, etc.

Although I didn't need any reasons to keep going to bev 4 less, I now have one. Overall A++ store. Keep it coming guys.

Doug Shea

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

I'm new to brewing and being from east county its hard to get the product I need to without traveling miles away. Feddy and homebrew4lessinc.com have put together one hell of a selection of great brew ingredients. With over 28 different malts to choose from, 60 different types of hops, and a huge selections of yeast, this place has all my wants and needs. Not only can I get my brewing ingredients but I can also get a great craft beer to take home to drink as I brew. Its a one stop shop for all your beer needs. If you hvaen't made your way in, you need to because if your reading this Freddy has something for you to put a HUGE smile on your face!!!

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Homebrew4Less Inc. in Santee, CA
4.25 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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