« on: March 05, 2014, 09:29:26 AM »
To the OP, Congrats on starting the path to become a judge and improving the community. Reading through this thread, I think you might overestimate the detailed scientific knowledge related to brewing held by the large portion of homebrewers and even judges. In many of my conversations, especially with newer brewers in my club, many are still learning the basics and could not tell you the difference between an ester and a phenol, much less a specific scientific name of an ester (I know I couldn't until I started studying for the BJCP exams). If they were to get back a scoresheet with a list of the scientific terms, they would probably not benefit from it.
As you start judging, really keep in mind how you can best communicate to a wide audience of brewers while still identifying the complex technical elements of the beer you perceive. It can be challenging, but really painting a descriptive picture of the beer for the average brewers is a goal IMO. If we wanted a chemical analysis, we would send if off to a lab.
Also, keep in mind that many of your fellow judges will likely not be as scientifically versed as you appear to be with your ester knowledge, so be careful not to come across as condescending, which was a primary tone in some of your posts here. No judge's palate and other senses are perfect. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, we are all in this to help everyone brew better beer, and have some fun along the way.