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  • tuba playing,gardening,woodworking
  • Scientist - Plant Sciences
  • Philip Jensen
  • Just about anything. Classical, Jazz, Indie, 80's British stuff, Punk
  • Started brewing as a Grad Student waaaay back in 1986. Brewed 4-5 times/year until 1999, then slowed down for a couple years and worked on my Tuba playing instead. Started kegging in 2005, and quickly switched to All Grain. Now I probably brew on average every other week
  • Male
  • Married
  • State College
  • Pennsylvania


  • Posted in thread: Input Needed to increase body on 03-20-2016 at 07:00 PM
    I agree with the others on shorter mash times. The longer you mash, the less dextrins (long
    chain carbohydrates) you have left, and these help to provide body. You can also add some
    grains with more p...

  • Posted in thread: The AHA! moment, mash temp, and thin/dry beer on 03-20-2016 at 06:52 PM
    Hops? Hop flavor and aroma can easily overpower malty flavors. Try backing off on the flavor
    and aroma hops. I have two lagers on tap now, with fairy similar recipes, both with ~20% corn.
    You can read...

  • Posted in thread: Single infusion vs. step mash for wheat on 03-20-2016 at 06:42 PM
    Clear or not is more often a function of the yeast you use. Many traditional wheat and wit
    yeast are poor flocculators. If you want cloudy, a good way is to add a little starch to your
    boil. This will...

  • Posted in thread: The 2016 NHC - Results/Speculation Thread on 03-19-2016 at 02:57 AM
    I've been absent from the forum for a while - new job. I skipped entering last year, but got
    serious for this year. Two of five are headed to the finals. A light lager and a light hybrid
    beer. Looking...

  • Posted in thread: Homebrew competition in State College on 11-07-2015 at 04:26 AM
    Hi All. We've finally gotten a club up and running in State College, and we feel we are ready
    to host a competition. Deadline for entries is Friday Nov. 20th

  • Posted in thread: Ocas Lishky (Pilsner Urquell Clone) on 11-07-2015 at 04:16 AM
    I still like the aromatic, but the toasted malt is what I used to finally give me the czech
    flavor. Without it, it just ended up more like a German pils.

  • Posted in thread: HomebrewSupply Recipe Giveaway on 11-04-2015 at 01:18 PM
    All grain Kolsch

  • Posted in thread: HomeBrewSupply Amcyl Brew Kettle w/ 3-Piece Ball Valve Giveaway! on 07-28-2015 at 02:33 PM
    In as well

  • Posted in thread: Coldbreak Brewing Herms Giveaway! on 07-28-2015 at 02:31 PM
    IN too!

  • Posted in thread: NHC HBT Scavenger Hunt on 06-09-2014 at 05:45 PM
    I'm in. See you Thursday!p.s. no IPA - I got busy and haven't dry hopped it yet. I will have my
    2 final round pilsners with me though. Maybe some others.

  • Brews in the Barn, Home Brew Edition 2014
    Brews in the Barn, Home Brew Edition 2014
On Tap: Doppelbock O'fest, Pale Ale, cider Kegged and Aging/Lagering: CAP, Ger. Pils, OKZ (std Amer. lager), CZ Pils, Amer. Wheat, Rye IPA, Saison Secondary: Primary: Ger Pils, CAP Brewing soon: Pale lager, Amer. wheat Recently kicked : ( Pilsner Urquell Master Homebrewer (1st NYC 2011, 2nd NYC 2012) P U crowns winners in its inaugural master HB competition
December 6, 2008  •  04:01 AM
Hey thanks for the reply- you must be a brass player!!! I m a trumpet player and teach band in NY. I play out as much as I can as well. It's good to see fellow brewer's brewing and drinking good beer!

August 19, 2014  •  11:21 PM
I stumbled across a thread you commented on about using yeast for a pilsner. I was intrigued because you live in State College. I graduated from PSU in 1981. Haven't been back there in 30 years ! Glad to know homebrewing is doing well in Happy Valley !