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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Newbie Judge Luck
« on: March 15, 2015, 04:01:09 PM »
Yes, for sure - I am in a taste test class offered by my club with a June sitting - I passed the online exam a few weeks ago.  My second day was with experienced judges of certified level and they had great interaction, too. It seems the key is to develop your own system and process and learn to apply the right descriptors.  My biggest surprise was that consensus on score range came pretty readily.  I think there were only two times through three panels that there was need for movement of any scores to get within 5 points of the other judges and it was my moving down some based on detected flaws (that we all detected, but I had not discounted enough for on the score in their opinion, so I readily capitulated.)

I gained confidence through the process, so hopefully I will continue to improve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Newbie Judge Luck
« on: March 14, 2015, 11:45:16 AM »
Talk about luck of the draw...I was paired with a Grand Master Level 2 judge for my first time judging.  I was surprised when the difference in our first 3 beers was a total of only 5 points combined.  In the whole flight we only disagreed on one beer and that was easily compromised, when I heard his rationale - which was that he would rather advance a weak beer that was to style without major flaws than a beer that had one "more significant" flaw.  A great experience.  I look forward to more judging with mentors like that - but man was he quick!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Munich Dunkel Mulligan
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:43:43 AM »
I like Magnum as a bittering hop in my German beers - a lot less vegetal for the same IBUs.  Also the yeast really needs to be Bavarian.  Of course a Munich boiled water profile, too.  Finally, consider a single decoction and you should be there, but one friend made a great one with a little Melanoiden, instead of decocting.  Good fresh ingredients from the continent is a must, too.  I have not used American ingredients in my German lagers for quite a while and would not go back.

Just keep making it over and over and you will dial it in for what you like and have a lot of great Dunkel!  (But you already knew that).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is an IBU and IBU?
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:31:38 AM »
I think for early additions an IBU may be just an IBU, because the aromatics of the hop are boiled off, but with hop bursting or hop stands, you experience more of what the hop has to offer.  I also think that FWH additions have less subjective harshness compared to a 60 minute addition and I have nothing but my palate to back that go figure.  In the end it goes back to Dennyism number one - try it all out and go with whatever route you prefer best that involves the least amount of effort for the greatest amount of satisfaction (or something like that!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chill Haze
« on: March 08, 2015, 08:26:34 PM »
Did you do an extended hop stand? The cause of chill haze is typically protein related with a slow chill being the culprit - see below:

Good luck!

Amanda - nice beers! The fact that others may find the beers to be something that should meet the standard of the the beers that are the standard, I just don't care!  Your beers seem pretty correct.  Best of luck with your beers!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:08:31 AM »
Are you considering serving with the syrups?  I found more people were willing to try it when I offered the citroensirup and Himbiersirup to go with the BW...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:08:53 AM »
This sounds encouraging by all accounts.  I just don't know how my numbers will compare to the proctors, who have substantial experience in assigning numerical scores to the five scoring categories.  The rest I think I can get through reasonably well, even with an old worn out palate.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:11:30 AM »
I find them helpful for what is allowed in the style, but not necessarily considered to be "required", as well as those aspects that are absent, because they are supposed to be absent.  Keeping all of that in my head is the problem.  You must be pretty good to work without the style guidelines.  I suppose iit comes with time, but when entering a beer and getting dinged for a characteristic that is perfectly permissible, one wishes that the judge read the style guidelines more carefully....just sayin.  Again, I am sitting for the taste exam in June, so maybe I will come away with a different perspective, but I doubt it.  I felt the same way about the bar exam when I took it and passed.  And still feel the same way about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:56:54 AM »
There are plenty of places to buy stuff, but keep looking at what is out there and consider trying to make your own.  I agree with Frank, but would add that in any event consider buying for a larger batch than 5 gallons, so you can brew bigger, if you want.  Having said that, there are many guys going small.  But I don't think they share with their friends as much as some of us.....(just kidding!!!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:41:28 AM »
Two issues for me - not enough room in my head for all the styles to be memorized; not a young enough palate to recognize the distinctions well enough any more.  So if I pass at all it will be by a bit of luck.  I can judge the heck out of beers when I have the style guidelines in front of me, but take that away and I am like a blind librarian trying to restack books by feel.

I don't understand why the test is set up the way it is, since no (or very few) judges judge without the style guidelines sitting in front of them....but hey, I don't know it all.  They do the bar exam and doctors boards closed book, so maybe it makes sense to do it that way.  Enough of my rant! Back to my Helles.

I had a great Berliner Weisse last night from my daughter - it was called Athena, a really good beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, Ga.  It inspired the question.

Just sayin ... It seems like a whole new topic area could be started for this.... What do you think?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 25, 2015, 05:40:32 AM »
Wow really great score Herman!  I am taking the exam in June and hope to just pass. Your high score is exceptional.  Congrats, dude!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Berliner Weisse Survey
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:59:06 PM »
Done also, but now I want to brew one!

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