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The Perfect Time of Year to Brew a Lager

January 10, 2020

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Hmm.. *cough* whew.. it’s dusty in here. Sorry about that. The busy time of year always seems to catch me least prepared. Holidays, school, work. Still, that’s no excuse. The people demand beer content and beer content is what the people should get! So, with that being said, I am back and I’m going to […]

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Which Dark Malt is the Right Dark Malt for You?

October 30, 2019

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If you’ve been into Jay’s Brewing in the last year or two, you’ve likely noticed when it comes to dark malts, we’ve got a lot of them. Sometimes it can get a bit confusing as what each one should be used for or even in what quantities they should be used. With this being the […]

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The Importance of a Brew Day Checklist

May 30, 2019

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This past weekend I brewed for the umpteen hundredth time. Something that has become so customary in my life, it’s almost like I go into autopilot. I knew my recipe, I knew my process, I knew my numbers. Yet, something was different. I couldn’t put my finger on it, so I went along brewing without […]

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What’s in a Style: Kölsch

May 2, 2019

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Kolsch's are clear, clean, and crisp.

You may have had a Kölsch, but do you know where and how it got its start? In the early 1600’s in the Cologne region of Germany, all beer that was produced were top-fermented ales. However, outside beers started making their way into the local market and giving the brewers of Cologne a run for […]

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Reduce Holiday Stress with These Beer Recipes

November 21, 2018

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As I write this, the day before Thanksgiving, I realize that while I love the holiday season, I often find it stressful. Managing expectations of extended families, families who live hundreds if not thousands of miles away, and even more intense pressure from the family members who live nearby can be build up to mountainous […]

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

October 1, 2018

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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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Improving Your Beer: Part 3 – Repeatability

July 24, 2018

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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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Improving Your Beer: Part 2 – Common Off Flavors

May 24, 2018

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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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Improving Your Beer: Part 1

April 23, 2018

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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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Be True to Your Brew

April 5, 2018

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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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