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

February 7, 2018

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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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Best Malz Red-X Experiment Results

June 15, 2017

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A few months ago, we challenged the loyal customers of Jay’s Brewing to an experiment. We wanted you to come into the shop, pick up some Best Malz Red X malt and make something unique. We went out of the gates with two recipes, a fairly complex Rye IPA and a very straight forward Munich […]

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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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