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PSU Extension webinar on hops to feature brewing instructor

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science instructor, Timothy L. Yarrington, will share his expertise in a free Penn State Extension webinar, set for 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Coordinated by Penn State Berks, the talk, titled “Managing Bitterness When Pursuing Significant Hop Flavor and Aroma in the Brew House,” has already registered nearly 100 viewers.

“It is encouraging to know interest in the science and technology of brewing is gaining momentum,” Yarrington said. “I welcome any opportunity to engage a curious audience and, hopefully, expand their understanding and appreciation of the complexities involved in making truly excellent beer consistently. Almost any time I present a talk of this nature, I hear the comment, ‘I had no idea …’ from several attendees. Knowing I have helped them acquire some idea is my reward.”

Although the webinar is free, registration is required and can be accessed by searching “brewing” on the Penn State Extension website (extension.psu.edu).

Yarrington’s presentation will explore strategies for achieving full hop flavor and aroma in hot wort while keeping bitterness intensity aligned with stylistic targets. He says while cold-side hopping is attracting a lot of attention, understanding the art and science of hot-side hopping can make the difference when pursuing well-balanced, well-structured recipe design for more traditional beer styles.

The webinar is geared toward hop growers interested in engaging brewers, moderately advanced to advanced hobby brewers, aspiring commercial brewers and active commercial brewers lacking formal brewing education.

Yarrington graduated from the Master Brewers Program at the American School for Malting and Brewing Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, and passed the Institute of Brewing and Distilling Associate Membership Examination. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science from Penn State.

Yarrington is founding brewer, head of brewing operations and brewmaster at Elk Creek Cafe + Ale Works, in Millheim. Earlier in his brewing career, he captured gold and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival, held annually in Denver.

Penn College initiated its brewing program in Fall 2017 with the guidance and collaboration of Yarrington, science faculty and industry experts. To learn more about brewing and fermentation science at Penn College, visit www.pct.edu/brewing or call the college’s School of Business, Arts & Sciences at 570-327-4521.

For more about the Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free at 800-367-9222.

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