October 1, 2018

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What’s in a Style: Piwo Grodziskie (Historical Polish Beer)

If there is one thing about beer that fascinates me, it is the history. Like everything, beer styles have waves of popularity, right now we’re going through a phase of hazy IPA’s, Brut IPA’s and pastry stouts. With the market being so strong for these styles, it’s very easy to find information about them. For […]

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August 13, 2018

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Jay’s Brewing Malt Spotlight – Midnight Wheat

This week for Jay’s malt spotlight we are looking at Briess’s American Midnight Wheat Malt. The flavor of this malt is described as subtle and smooth with no bitter, astringent, dry flavors, or aftertaste. Midnight Wheat starts slightly sweet with hints of roasted flavor and finishes exceptionally clean and is an extremely smooth way to […]

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July 24, 2018

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Improving Your Beer: Part 3 – Repeatability

Journaling may seem like something you’d only need to do if you were running a business or writing a blog, but as most brewers will tell you, the single hardest thing to master in brewing is consistency. It’s often said that 20 people could brew the same recipe, and you’d end with 20 different beers. […]

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July 18, 2018

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Jay’s Brewing Malt Spotlight – Golden Promise

Jay’s Brewing spotlight is back after a long hiatus, and this week we are looking at Simpsons Golden Promise™. Simpsons Golden Promise™ malt is made from spring barley and is considered a UK classic. It is considered the Scottish equivalent to Maris Otter and has similar applications. This malt is excellent for both brewing and […]

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May 24, 2018

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Improving Your Beer: Part 2 – Common Off Flavors

Last month we discussed how to determine if your beer has any flaws. This month, we’re going to begin looking at what some of those flaws might taste like, how they are caused and what we can do to avoid them in the future. We won’t get into all of them, as many are not […]

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April 23, 2018

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Improving Your Beer: Part 1

In order to improve our beer, we need to know what is wrong with our beer. Wait, don’t leave the page. I’m not trying to insult your talents, but even the best brewers in the world make mistakes from time to time. Some of the most sought after beers in the world can have problems […]

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April 5, 2018

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Be True to Your Brew

If you’ve ever visited an online brewing forum or Facebook group, you’ve certainly witnessed people who seem to hold beer styles as if they are ancient laws not to be broken. You’ve also seen people who can look at the most outrageous ingredients and find a way to put it in their beer. Like all […]

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February 7, 2018

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What’s In a Style: Milk Stout (w/ Recipe)

I love milk stouts. Seriously, I have a milk stout recipe for just about every occasion. Mint Chocolate, Chai, S’mores, I’ve got one for each season. The smooth, soft mouthfeel coupled with an assortment of roasted flavors, it’s this stout lover’s dream. You should see the look of horror when I offer a milk stout […]

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January 7, 2018

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Cloning a Commercial Beer

I’ve always held the belief that a good measure of your ability to brew is to brew another brewer’s recipe, and get it as close as possible. I think the best way to do that is by cloning a popular commercial example that you have access too. There are a lot of intangibles outside of […]

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January 5, 2018

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Jay’s Brewing Malt Spotlight – Weyermann German Pilsner Malt

This week’s Jay’s Brewing spotlight is Weyermann German Pilsner Malt. This lager based malt is produced from high quality 2-row spring barley and was originally produced in the world renowned Bürger-Brauerei, or what is now called Pilsner Urquell, located in the Czech Republic. Concerning color and flavor, this malt is capable of producing a pale […]

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