Delivery Charges

All of the product prices displayed on this website are listed inclusive of VAT and are the prices you would pay if you were to visit our store in Colchester. For anybody unable to visit us, we provide a full mail order facility.
 
Unlike the operators of many online sites, including some within the homebrew market, who seem to think that it is acceptable to wait 2-5 days before processing your order and shipping your goods on a 2-5 day delivery service, we believe that once you've ordered your items, you should receive them as quickly and cost effectively as possible. If you order by 3.30pm on a normal working day, we will your ship your order THE SAME DAY for a NEXT WORKING DAY delivery to most Mainland UK delivery areas at the following rates:
 
WE ONLY SHIP TO UK AND IRISH DESTINATIONS AND ARE UNABLE TO SERVICE THE REST OF THE WORLD.
 
Delivery Option
Weight Range
Charge
     
1st Class Postage to the whole of the UK Up to 50gms
£1.49
1st Class Postage to the whole of the UK 51- 500gms £3.49
1st Class Postage to the whole of the UK 501-1000gms £4.99
     
Courier Delivery within Mainland England, Wales and Lowland Scotland Up to 5kgs £4.99
Courier Delivery within Mainland England, Wales and Lowland Scotland 5kgs-20kgs £5.99
Courier Delivery within Mainland England, Wales and Lowland Scotland 20kgs-30kgs £7.99
     
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Highlands Up to 5kgs £12.99
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Highlands 5kgs-10kgs £15.99
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Highlands 10kgs-20kgs £17.99
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Highlands 20kgs-30kgs £19.99
     
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Offshore Area Up to 5kgs £19.99
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Offshore Area
5kgs-10kgs £22.99
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Offshore Area
10kgs-20kgs £24.99
Courier Delivery within The Scottish Offshore Area
20kgs-30kgs £27.99
     
Courier Delivery to Northern Ireland and The Isle of Wight
Up to 10kgs £20.00
     

 Please call or email for details of delivery options to all other locations including the Isle of Man, Dublin, Southern Ireland and all Channel Island destinations.

   
 
All transport charges include VAT at standard rate. These rates are based upon the total weight of your order, not on each individual item, so you can save postage and packing charges by combining several items within a single order, up to a maximum weight of 30kgs.
 
Having spend over 20 years working in the Express Transport Industry before setting up Colchester Homebrew Suppllies, we are fully aware that there are plenty of cheap overnight carriers available in the market place, but they don't always deliver when they are supposed to or without damaging the goods. There are plenty of completely reliable, service orientated carriers who provide a truly dedicated service, but they tend to be too expensive to use when shipping small items.
 
We have therefore chosen to use the APC overnight parcels network for our larger items who, whilst not the cheapest in the market place, provide, in our opinion, the best possible compromise between reliable service levels and sensible prices. In over 99% of all cases, our parcels are generally out for delivery on the NEXT WORKING DAY after we have shipped them.
 
Our smaller items all travel via Royal Mail's 1st class service, which we find achieves next day delivery in MOST cases. Due to their physical dimensions, and recent changes within the Royal Mail's pricing structure, many of these items can only travel on the Small Parcel or Medium Parcel Service and are thus now more expensive to ship than they were in the past. Small, thin items such as Packets of Yeast, replacement O' rings and valve rubbers etc can travel through the Large Letter service, whilst tubs of yeast and chemicals and crown caps have to be sent on the Parcels service, even when their weight is quite low.
 
We also provide FREE* delivery on all orders over £100.00 to UK Mainland destinations. (Not Scottish Highlands, Offshore or Northern Ireland or on any orders in excess of 30kgs total chargeable shipping weight)* When you get to the checkout page select ANY shipment method and the full transport charge will be deducted as soon as you are transferred to the secure payment handling system.

For items ordered and despatched Monday to Thursday, we would anticipate 1-2 day delivery if the item is sent via the postage system, or Next Day delivery if sent using our overnight parcel carrier. For items ordered and despatched Friday, we would anticipate Monday delivery for all items. Any items ordered over the weekend will be processed and despatched on Monday.

Large and bulky items over 1kg will always be sent for next working day delivery via our overnight parcel courier, APC Overnight, and will require a signature. If you are not going to be home, please leave written instructions for the driver to deliver to a neighbour or to leave the items in a safe place. The driver will  need to be able to remove these instructions and will carry them out at entirely at your risk. Saturday is not normally considered a working day but can be arranged at extra cost if required.
 
We reserve the right to change your chosen delivery option to a faster/more secure service, or one that we consider more appropriate for the item chosen at our cost. In the event that our preferred delivery method is less expensive than your chosen option, we will refund the difference through your chosen payment gateway.
 

"Lowland Scotland" is taken to mean all those areas North of the Border up to the Clyde and the Forth and includes Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and the Eastern Coastal Strip to Aberdeen with the following postcodes. 

Scottish Lowland Postcodes: AB10-36, AB39, DD, DG, EH, FK1-16, G, KA1-26, KY, ML, PA1-19, PH1-14, TD
 
It DOES NOT include areas with the following "Highland" and "Offshore" postcodes, for which a higher rates are unfortunately applicable.
 
Sottish Highland Postcodes: AB37-38, AB41-56, FK17-21, IV1-40, IV52-54, IV63, KW1-14, PA21-40, PA80, PH15-41, PH49-50
 
Scottish Offshore Postcodes : HS1-9, IV41-51, IV55-56, KA27-28, KW15-17, PA20, PA41-78, PH42-44, ZE1-3.
These locations will also take at least TWO working days to achieve.

Shipments to the Channel Islands are much more expensive than standard UK shipments. Please contact us for details prior to placing an order.
 
For Courier purposes, "Mainland England" DOES NOT include The Isle of Man or The Isle of Wight, which attract additional charges.

These areas are also exempt from our FREE DELIVERY offer for orders over £100.00, though they are eligible for a discount as detailed below. Unfortunately, our shipping calculation matrix is currently unable to differentiate between specific postcode locations and will offer Free delivery to these areas if your order is above the £100.00 free delivery limit. If this happens on your order, we will contact you and offer you the choice between paying the additional shipping charge (via a Paypal or Google invoice) or cancelling the order and receiving a COMPLETE refund.


 *Our Free Delivery, option which is available on purchases over £100.00, does not apply to the Scottish Highlands, Northern Ireland, IOW, IOM and the Channel Islands, or on orders that have a total combined chargeable weight in excess of 30kgs. If you place an order from one of these locations or with a total chargeable weight above this 30kg limit, we will instead provide a discount of £6.50 from the total shipping cost, representing the standard rates our carriers charge us for deliveries to UK mainland destinations (The remainder of our delivery charge represents packing costs.). In common with most overnight courier networks, our carrier basis its charges on the greater of the physical weight of the shipment or its chargeable volume weight calculated on a basis of 200kgs per cubic metre.