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Homebrew Heaven

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Type: Homebrew

1292 12th St. SE
Salem, Oregon, 97302
United States

(503) 375-3521 | map

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Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Added by velosuds on 11-08-2010

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Visited this small, well organized, tidy store located convenient to me just a mile SE of downtown Salem for the second time on Saturday. Brought home 14 lbs of bulk dark malt extract, 4.25 lbs of 4 different grains and malts (which I cracked using the store's mill), 8 oz. of whole hops, Wyeast liguid culture (#1728), and priming sugar for my next homebrew adventure. Doug, the owner, gave me the tips and confidence to brew a Russian Imperial Stout. I can't wait.

My first visit was a few weeks ago to purchase a bottle washer. Although the store is small, there appears to be everything a homebrewer needs whether novice (like me - this will be my third brew) or experienced. Although I dropped over $71 for ingredients to brew 5.25 gallons of extract based RIS, I could have bought a Brewcraft RIS kit for $52.50, but I have concluded the prices are reasonable compared to F.H. Steinbart and Above the Rest much further north.

I had entered the store with more modest expectations, looking for Munton's Old Ale Kit to brew Charlie Papazian's Armenian Imperial Stout recipe. Homebrew Heaven didn't have this kit in stock, but Doug offered to order it for me. But since I missed his cut-off for delivery the week of Nov. 8, I decided to go a different route.

Store has supplies, equipment, canned liquid malt extracts from Munton's and Coopers, ingredient kits from Brewcraft and Munton's, bulk whole grains and extracts, whole hops and pellets, and Wyeast liquid cultures (many different strains) and dry yeast.

The only thing I wonder about is the vitality of the whole hops since these were not in oxygen barrier or metal foil bags. It appears they were acquired in bulk and packaged by or for the store in 2 oz. ziplock bags. Given the local hop harvest was later this year, it shouldn't be a problem right now.

All things considered, I was very pleased with Homebrew Heaven. Service was very much to my liking. Assistance was offered without hovering or trying to sell me more than I wanted and the owner was very cordial, helpful, and encouraging when I asked specific questions.

A great resource to have in Salem, Oregon.

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Homebrew Heaven in Salem, OR
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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