Chris Jensen

Chris brewed beer for the first time 15 years ago (all the way back in the last millenium!). He got serious about brewing in 2007 and it's been all downhill from there. Now he can't fit his car in his garage because it's monopolized by brewing equipment. He's a lifelong craft beer fan and got a BJCP certification in 2013 alongside Jeremy. Fortunately, he also has a wife willing to travel halfway around the world to taste beer (she took the above photo with Jean Van Roy, owner of Cantillon). You can email him at chris(a)pintwell.com.

How to Wax Your Homebrew Bottles

Chris Jensen · December 15

You've slaved for hours over this year's holiday brew.  You really went all out to show off your monster brewing skills and to tell your friends how special they are. So you did a triple decocted, 8 month lagered eisbock that is going to blow their minds. After all that effort, you want to give it that special touch to make sure it stands out. Handing them out in those old, crusty bombers with the labels still on is not going to do ...

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Your Mom Likes Pumpkin Beer!

Chris Jensen · October 30

It's that time of year again. Pumpkin beers abound. This year there are more pumpkin beers than pumpkins! How is that possible?

A lot has been made about the "black fridayzation" of pumpkin beers. That is to say, they creep up earlier and earlier, like retailer openings on Black Friday. And I agree with the sentiment: it's ridiculous to drink a pumpkin beer at the end of July. Please, save them for September next year.

But, generally, I really like pumpkin beers. Done ...

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Westvleteren 12: Worth the Lore, or Just a Bore?

Chris Jensen · October 25

We've all heard the hype. Best beer in the world according to RateBeer for many years running. Tops on BeerAdvocate.  Sells for $100/bottle on eBay. In fact, the bottles sold for a ridiculous amount at retail when the monastery released a precious few to the US last year.

Is it really worth all the hype?

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy this beer on a few occasions, and there’s no question it’s a great beer. But my opinion is that ...

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Who'd pay $33 for a 6 pack? Bomber prices gone wild!

Chris Jensen · May 8

Maybe you don’t want to read this post. In fact, if you are content with paying $10 for a bomber of good beer abandon ship now!

OK, so you’re probably already aware of what I’m about to tell you. Buying beer by the bomber is incredibly expensive compared to the relative price in other forms. For example, a bomber that costs just $10 is the equivalent of a $33 6 pack! Wow!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to continue ...

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Sustainable Brewing: Uses for your Spent Grain

Chris Jensen · April 24

As a part of our Earth Week series on reducing the environmental impact on brewing, we’d like to talk about one of the easiest opportunities for a homebrewer: reusing your spent grain.

Both all grain and partial mash brewers end up with a surplus of leftover grain at the end of a brew session (all grain, high gravity brewers much more so!). Rather than send them to the landfill, we like to reuse them in various ways as they still have all kinds of ...

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Sustainable Brewing: Tips for reducing your environmental impact

Chris Jensen · April 22

For many, brewing represents a battle between the want to conveniently brew excellent beer and the desire to minimize one’s environmental impact.

There are no two ways about it: brewing beer takes a lot of resources. Regardless of whether you’re a modest homebrewer or a world-renowned pro, you still have to heat your water, cool your wort, clean your equipment, and develop your sugars. Many professional breweries have implemented sophisticated systems to waste less water, recapture energy, and reuse their resources. But what ...

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Bottle Your Homebrew the Easy Way

Chris Jensen · April 17

Bottling your beer can be a real pain. On top of all of the cleaning and sanitizing required for the bottles, you also need to manage a lot of gear: buckets, bottling wands, or, if you are lucky, bottling guns. 

But it need not be so complex! About a year ago I discovered a new solution that has revolutionized my bottling procedur,e which costs about $15. It works just as well as any counter-pressure filler and will keep your beer carbed for months. This ...

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How to Clean Your Tap Lines

Chris Jensen · April 10

Nobody likes a dirty tap. You go to all this trouble to create this beautiful, aromatic, tasty delight…the last thing you want to do is cover that up with the smell of a band-aids and dirty socks.

So clean it up! We recommend cleaning your tap lines and faucets every time you change out your beers as it only takes a few minutes and will save your beer all kinds of problems. There are several ways to skin this cat. I’ve found this ...

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Brew Masters Unseen Episode!

Chris Jensen · March 25

Maybe it's because I'm a beer nerd, but I loved this show! I was disappointed that it didn't make it. There were rumors that it was pulled due to pressure from one of the big brewers, however I don't know how likely that is. I'm guessing it had as much to do with ratings and the strain on operations at Dogfish Head.

In any case, I was delighted when I came across this unaired episode. I can't believe they ...

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Under the Sun (Boulder) Review

Chris Jensen · March 18

I have been a big fan of the Mountain Sun group of restaurants since I first set foot in the original location on Pearl in the late 90s. I was elated when they opened Southern Sun location as it meant more space, including outside seating. I did a little dance when they opened Vine St. as it brought the tasty food and quaffable brews to us Denverites. And, needless to say, I was intrigued when they decided to break the mold and open a new ...

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Books that Should Be in Your Brewing Library

Chris Jensen · March 12

If you’re like me, once you dipped your toes in the homebrewing pool you wanted to do a triple lindy right in. But before diving in (or moving to the next platform), it’s a good idea to read up to get a feel for technique, equipment, and recipes.

Most brewers have a few go-to recommendations when asked about their book recommendations, so here are our top 3 must-have books for your brewing library:

 

1. How to Brew, by John Palmer. The simplicity of ...

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