Glad to hear she's okay.
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This is pretty much how it goes except I would say it's less about rather the judges like/dislike the beers themselves and more about rather the judges think the beer fits or doesn't fit the style better or worse than the other beers in the mini-bos.Question for the experienced judges: What exactly happens in a mini-bos? How are the judges selected to participate and what process is followed to select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries?
Usually the more experienced judge of each pair of judges sits on the mini-BOS. The way I've done it is, all of the beers are poured, tasted and then once we are ready, we'll go around the table and each judge will select the beer he/she likes least, if there is consensus then the beer will be out of the mini-BOS. This is done until there are either 3 or 4 beers left and then each judge selects his/her top 3 in order. If it is obvious which beer is 1, 2 and 3 then its a done deal, otherwise there is discussion until there is consensus which beers are 1, 2, and 3.
Question for the experienced judges: What exactly happens in a mini-bos? How are the judges selected to participate and what process is followed to select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries?
Good to know! I don't mind dedicating the fermenter, since I have a conical for my regular brews. My question now is about my Blichman Beer Gun. Can I use it to bottle a Brett beer without tainting all subsequent bottled beers?
I'm nervous about the same thing as well. I've only bottled mixed ferment beers with the Beer Gun so far.
I have successfully bottled a brett-only beer after brett-bacteria beers, but its only a matter of time before risking it catches up with you. Ask my funky quad (accidentally used the wrong sample thief).
When I go to bottle the next clean beer, I'll probably buy another accessory kit ($20 is worthwhile insurance to me).
I am worried about the rubber ball (valve seat) at the end of the gun. It doesn't come with the kit (it should), but I'll probably also buy a spare ball for clean beers and keep it with the kit.