« on: April 22, 2015, 06:49:15 PM »
Looking forward to taking the June tasting exam. Hopefully I will know my results before the 2016 winter to spring circuit happens, but I won't sweat it if it takes longer. By taking a class with a very knowledgable beer judge and hearing feedback from those with whom I have judged this spring, I am comfortable judging with whatever rank I achieve, if any....I have learned that I perceive what I perceive and just put it down in writing for the benefit of the brewer and roll on. The really advanced judges are best at quickly articulating what they perceive and drawing conclusions from that to suggest corrective action. I am getting better at the suggested corrective actions and I tried to still do that with the NHC shorthand scoring sheet when possible.
I would not expect the graders to give up time to do the tasting judge review quickly - they still have a life and are probably tied up in a way that prevents them from going forward to complete the grading any quicker. I feel your pain on the delay, but everyone involved is a volunteer and I volunteer for a lot of different things in many areas, so I appreciate that a person can be pulled in many directions.
Just my 2 lincoln's and I could be persuaded to think differently, but put yourself in the shoes of the graders and look at what else they may have on their plate and the volunteer in me says cut them some slack...let's hope we can all have a quicker and more responsive scoring system, but realize that the number of graders needs to increase. If you can someday grade exams, please volunteer to do so.