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The article is basically another review, but I was surprised that comps might be considering banning entires. First of all, how would they know? Secondly, why are there so many change resistant farts out there?
small request: is it too late for a software update?
the software makes us choose between Dry, Semi-Sweet, or Sweet for Mead/cider. This works OK with mead, as they are judged on 3 levels.
however, for us cidermakers, we are judged on a 5-level scoresheet:
Sweetness: Dry Semi-Dry Medium Semi-Sweet Sweet
Effectively, the only ones we are allowed to choose are 1, 4, and 5 on the 5-pt scale...
I would request one of the following in order of preference:
1. A software change that lets us enter all 5 sweetness levels present on the scoresheet.
2. A smaller change: change the middle of the 3 from "semi-sweet" to "medium" so that at least we can enter the actual midpoint of the 5 levels: 1, 3, and 5. Note this would fit perfectly with the mead scoresheet which uses Dry Medium Sweet
3. A request that all organizers tell their cider judges that entrants were not allowed to enter 2 of the 5 sweetness levels.
...it sounds like a non-issue but I've gotten hammered in each of the last two Finals for "You entered this as semi-sweet but it is really semi-dry."