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July 23, 2013 2:41 PM   Subscribe

What are the best online and bricks-and-mortar outlets for purchasing homebrewing equipment in the UK (London)?

Having given up my homebrewing hobby upon moving from the US and the UK, I'm now sufficiently settled to get the old brewery up and running again. I'm looking for places to buy equipment and ingredients of good quality and good value, either in London or online. Thus far I have found The Malt Miller to be best looking online option, but surely there are more.

Are there any other places I'm missing? They don't have to be homebrew-specific: I'd be happy to go to a secondhand restaurant supply depot for brewpots, for instance.

posted by narcotizingdysfunction to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Wilko have all the basics, online or high street.
posted by mani at 2:45 PM on July 23, 2013

Boots pharmacies used to sell homebrew equipment. I'm not sure if they still do, though.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:48 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite] has an excellent selection of malts, hops and other ingredients. They sell grain from the Warminster Maltings in 25kg sacks.
posted by popcassady at 5:38 PM on July 23, 2013

Worcester Hop Shop are pretty awesome for your basic malts and hops at good prices.
Barley Bottom are OK too.
Murphy and Sons in Nottingham supply a lot of micros and homebrewers with ingredients, equipment and lab services.
Powell are specialists in stainless steel brewing equipment and are who I'm hopefully going to buy a beautiful 100l system from one day (at the moment I'm a space constricted BIAB brewer). eBay is probably your best bet for cheap stockpots and the like.

Feel free to memail me if you want to pick my brains further.
posted by brilliantmistake at 3:01 AM on July 24, 2013

Cheers in Cheam are helpful. I bought my entire all-grain set-up from them. I highly recommend their Practical Mashing course.

I buy a lot of stuff on-line from Hop & Grape - their customer service is exceptional, though they are not London-based.
posted by sagwalla at 3:11 AM on July 24, 2013

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