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Kegging quick tips

April 27, 2017

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We recently had a customer email and ask a question about getting his keg to seal properly. We get this question in-store all the time. Given the frequency, we thought it might be useful to put our response in a quick post. Here are a couple quick tips for getting your keg lid to seal […]

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Brewing with Best Malz Red X Malt – Part 1

March 9, 2017

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If you’ve been into Jay’s Brewing lately, you’ve probably noticed a grain bin isolated from the others. Don’t worry, it hasn’t been quarantined, it just hasn’t found a permanent home yet.This bin belongs to the newest malt in the store, Best Malz Red X Malt. No, that’s not just a fancy name, it was designed to […]

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Specialty Malts and You

December 20, 2016

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Before getting too deep into the waters, let’s first discuss what makes a specialty grain, well, special. Any brewer would probably admit that all malts are pretty special, given they are usually beer by the time we finish with them. However, when you want to branch out into certain styles, you need something a little […]

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Oktoberfest? But they all come out in September…

October 26, 2016

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It’s October, so that means cooler weather, changing leaves, kids back in school, and fall/harvest festivals. With festivities comes lots of fun, food, and many different varieties of festive beers. When I think of a fest beer I think of a heavy rich beer with scents of and flavors of spice and holiday cheer. But […]

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Brewing with spices

October 6, 2016

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Alternate Title: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year I’m sure by now you’ve figured out where this is headed. We have entered Autumn and with that comes a new array of beers. I’m sure we all noticed that pumpkin beers no longer seem to be coming out in September and October and are instead […]

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Guest Blogger

September 22, 2016

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All, My name is Harlan Carvey. Jay’s Customer – Guest blogger – and long time brewer. Background: After attending military college in Virginia, and was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps, where I spent 8 years on active duty. During my time in the military and college I didn’t really drink, socially or otherwise. […]

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What is a Homebrew Club and Why Should I Join One?

September 8, 2016

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In the world of homebrewing, there are many types of brewers, but most people fall into one of two types. Type 1 – You don’t brew a lot. You don’t think about brewing a lot. You don’t talk about brewing a lot. Type 2 – Brewing brewing. Brewing, brewing brewing brewing… brewing. I fall deeply […]

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What’s in a Style: Saison

August 10, 2016

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Like many beer styles, saisons originated out of purpose. Saison, meaning season in French, was originally brewed during the cooler months of the farming season in Wallonia, Belgium. They were often created from ingredients grown on the farm and brewed by many of the same people who worked the fields, looking to keep busy during the […]

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Why Drive to the City When Your Favorite Brewery is Right Here?

July 19, 2016

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Craft brewing has taken this country by storm over the last 10 years.  You don’t have to look far to find a brewery or brewpub close to home, and so many of them make great brews that now it’s hard to narrow the search down.  Each brewery will make the same few styles for the […]

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Belgian Blonde Ale

June 14, 2016

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“What’s your favorite type of beer?” “Oh, I love a good Belgian!  Big, robust, a meal in their own.  They are the best beers I have ever had….” How many of us have stepped into a conversation that sounds like this?  Saying that your favorite style is “Belgian” is akin to saying that your favorite […]

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