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In most any other exam, you are not allowed to use your textbook even though you are allowed to use it in real life. How is the BJCP tasting exam different than a closed-book exam?

One other contributing factor is that until recently the BJCP exam was a 3 hour exam combining written and tasting portions that were done in an overlapping fashion.  It wouldn't have made sense to let examinees see what questions were on there and then give them guidelines for the tasting where they can just look up the style descriptions for the other answers.

I helped John to arrange some of the tasting and evaluation on these beers so I figured I might address a few of these points.

The way I understood the study is that he made two generic beers and had his friends taste them. What about how oxidation changes different types of beer (e.g. hoppy vs. malty, low ABV vs. high ABV)? Why weren't qualified judges or people with greater qualifications tasting cask beer used to create the data points?

You noted that he "had his friends taste them" but we actually lined up a panel of 7 tasters including 4 BJCP judges (including 2 National and 1 Grand Master judge) who tasted the beers blind and could not tell a great difference.

It was an interesting question raised but I don't consider the results very useful. It's no more "research" than the "research" I am doing with each batch I brew and drink.

I think that the experiment was a bit more rigorous than just our everyday drinking since the beers were brewed, fermented, stored and served side-by-side to minimize as much variability as possible.

The project concluded little difference between the air-vented cask and the one supported by a cask breather after one day of venting and drawing from the first cask. Did perceptions of the beer change after 2 days, 3 days, a week? If so, what qualities changed in the air-vented cask?

As far as this point is concerned, John and I discussed the possibility of tasting daily over several days and agreed that it would be beneficial.  Unfortunately the people tasting were pulled from all over the region and were mostly 45 min to an hour away so it just wasn't viable to go back day after day.

Is there more that could be done with additional time and funding?  Sure, and I would encourage everyone to do it.  I don't think that the Research & Education Fund grants must have the scope of a Master's thesis.  Simpler questions are options too.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judging at 2nd round NHC
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:21:59 PM »
I'm sure they will be formulating the judge assignments in the next few weeks.  I expect that we will hear something a week or so beforehand.

It would be quite nice if notice was received more than a week in advance.  If I'm not judging on Thursday I'd like to know sooner than later, so that I can fill the day with other things beery.

I'm not sure that we will have everything nailed down too much more than a week in advance.  But we will get assignments out at least a few days ahead of time.  This will also let you know if you are not needed to judge and are free to drink in all that Philly has to offer.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judging at 2nd round NHC
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:19:48 PM »
I was wondering if anyone had been contacted yet to confirm they are signed up to judge?

Rest assured we have a lot of people properly signed up to judge.  Some confirmation is a good suggestion, though.  We will try to send an email to people who are in the system and confirm we have them.

Alternatively, people can always log in under the email address they used and check to make sure that they are signed up as judges.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC final round shipping address
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:18:08 PM »
I'm not sure what UPS and FedEx have in their systems.  The address listed on the NHC site is correct.

NHC 2013 - Keystone Homebrew Supply
435 Doylestown Rd
Montgomeryville, PA 18936

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Cases! Help!
« on: March 10, 2012, 09:58:40 PM »
Cool, that price doesn't sound bad, thanks for the reivew, exactly what I was looking for, never really seen anything like them. do they stack easy?

I think that they're pretty easy to stack.  The plastic sides are more durable than cardboard so have more integrity.  I have 4 cases on top of each other right now and no worries about collapse.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Cases! Help!
« on: March 09, 2012, 04:12:10 PM »
I bought a dozen cases from CW Crate and I'm very happy with them.  They're definitely sturdy, seal tight and I have no concerns about water damage or a bottom falling out.  I think that with shipping they were ~$12 per crate.

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