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JCAT-12 From Cotton to... Beer?? 🍺 Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 08/19/2021
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Geocache Description:

Official Stuff

This cache has been placed with permission.  It is available 24/7.  It is located at the Braselton Brewing Company and may be crowded at certain times.  Care should be taken when hunting after dark.


Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following people for their help in the placement of this cache:

  • Site Host: Braselton Brewing Company
  • Cache Construction: Tom Strong
  • Installation: Tom Strong
  • Artwork/Graphic Design: Ceil Jarrett


This Cache

The lock combination is 4-26-4 (3 turns right, 2 turns left, 1 turn right).  Use this to open the front of the cache container.

When you open the cache, you will see a number of bar patrons and a scale.  Your job is simple.

The patrons have had a little too much to drink!  You need to find out exactly how much.  You can do this by weighing them!  Fortunately, there is a scale here for you to use!

There is a box on the back of the cache that has a locked door that holds the cache.  To get the combination, find the following information:

A = The number of patrons who weigh between 0 and 25 grams. 
B = The number of patrons who weigh between 25 and 40 grams
C = The number of patrons who weigh between 40 and 55 grams
D = The number of patrons who weigh more than 55 grams.

The lock combination is ABCD!

Good luck!

Scale Instructions

If you need help with using the scale, you can follow these instructions:

  1. Press the power button on the far left.
  2. Press the "M" button to select "grams" as the unit of measure (You will see a lower-case "g" in the bottom, right-hand corner.)
  3. Press the "tare" (T) button to reset the scale to 0.  When it is at or about 0, you can begin weighing the patrons!


About the Jackson County Agritourism Geo-Trail

The Jackson County Agritourism Geo-Trail (established 2021) is a fun trail taking you to Agritourism sites around Jackson County.  Each site will highlight an agritourism feature!

The trail consists of 14 unique "gadget" caches. 

Before you start, print a copy of the JCAT Passport (Link), or pick up a copy at one of the following locations:

Site Name Address
Crawford Long Museum 28 College St, Jefferson, GA 30549
Braselton Downtown Development Authority  9924 Davis St #8, Braselton, GA 30517
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 270 Athens St, Jefferson, GA 30549
Historic Courthouse of Jackson County  85 Washington St, Jefferson, GA 30549


At each of the 14 stops, you will find a unique gadget cache. These caches will all be super-easy to find but will require you to solve some sort of "puzzle" to sign the logbook.  

Each cache in the series is numbered (JCAT-01, for example).  After you sign the log for each cache, you will find a stamp and inkpad inside the cache.  Find the spot on your passport that corresponds to the stop number and stamp the passport.  When you find all 14 caches and complete the passport, you can trade it in for a free trackable tag (while quantities last)!  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to purchase a deluxe trackable coin. 

You can turn in your completed passport at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (See address above).  The Chamber is normally open M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.  Hours are subject to change.  Check with the Chamber before heading out.  For the kickoff weekend, there will be additional places to pick up tags.  See event communications for more details...

Note that there is no charge to get a passport, visit any of the cache sites, log any of the caches, or collect your trackable tag!  


Featured Agricultural Item

On each cache page, we highlight one agricultural component.  For this cache, the featured item is Craft Breweries! 

Interestingly, the building you see nearby started life as a cotton gin, having been built in the early 1900's.  The building was carefully renovated for a new business, all the while keeping the original structure intact.  While cotton is one of Georgia's oldest industries, craft breweries are a newer, trending industry!

It is estimated that Georgia has over 70 craft breweries!  Recent law changes have made it easier for Craft Breweries to open and sell directly to customers.  Craft brewers provide new interpretations of historical styles as well as new, unprecedented styles of beer.  They often feature local products (which has led to an increase in hops production in Georgia) and provide a connection to local agriculture!


Additional Notes (SPOILERS!!)

Some of the gadget caches can be a little tricky.  While we want you to enjoy figuring them out, we definitely don’t want you to get stuck, so to make sure you complete the cache, we are giving you some major spoilers here and telling you how to solve the field puzzle.  To increase the challenge, avoid reading this section!!

This cache should be relatively simple.  Weigh the individual patrons and separate them into the four weight categories provided above.  Count up the number of patrons and you'll have the combination!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

4-26-4 (3 gheaf evtug, 2 gheaf yrsg, 1 ghea evtug)

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)