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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP and carbonation volumes
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:30:28 AM »
I always round the recipator to be pretty much on target. Looks like it is still up

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:47:53 AM »
Narvin and Tooth, any exam site can set the rules they want. I don't want someone wasting my time taking up an exam slot for which someone else is already qualified.

My rules going forward are starting to look like:
A $50 deposit in addition to full exam fees with the deposit retured after the exam has been given. I'm tired of people backing out at the last minute. It's a waste of my time.

So for any prospective BJCP judges, if you sign up for an exam site, be darn sure you show up.

And yes, I may be slightly bitter. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: April 03, 2012, 05:06:07 AM »
First (directed at an earlier post T made), I will not allow anyone to even waste my time signing up for the taste exam unless they have passed the entrance exam.

Second, the format for the written exam is spelled out:
five questions with each comprising 20% of the total score. Of the five questions, two are style-related, one is a recipe question, and two are technical questions related to ingredients or brewing process.

Third, don't have one, just thought it would be fun to type.

All Things Food / Re: Anybody ever make cheese?
« on: April 02, 2012, 04:02:29 AM »
If you can get unpasteurized milk you are golden. I have not been so lucky and more or less quit making cheese as a result. It is a time consuming process, but is all about temp control so it isn't hard.

Beer Travel / Re: Best Asheville Brewery?
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:03:40 PM »
As far as IPA I would suggest you go to Wedge for an American version and Green Man for an British version. Pisgah also has nice APAs and IPAs as well as Belgians. When Asheville Brewing is on the money Shiva IPA is quite tasty. Nantahala isn't is Asheville, but down the road aways, their IPA is quite tasty. You can also find several beers from NC that are distributed in Asheville.

If you are spending a night, get a reservation at The Admiral if you are a foodie. Not very expensive and always awesome. No need to dress up at all. But you MUST have a reservation or you will not get in. They only have Wedge IPA on draft, they may now have two brews.

Not sure of your route, but my norm is to hit Pisgah as I come up the mountain (but I believe you will probably be heading down). Then French Broad to hear some music, but it appears music now starts at 6pm. The I go to Dirty Jacks (Green Man Brewery), then to Wedge and finally to The Admiral.

If you would rather go to bars be sure to go to Thirsty Monk (although they may not have the most local selections), also Mellow Mushroom tends to have a great selection with many locals, Barley's is also a good choice. Sometimes when I am in West Asheville I will go to Westville Pub.

I'm not yet in love with The LAB or with Craggie, but don't let my thoughts deter you. Highland is an awesome choice and they have a tasting room. They have been around for a long time and make solid brews. Oyster House has a stout they brew on a SABCO system, that is the only brew they make at their location, the rest are brewed by French Broad. Thirsty Monk now brews at their South Location, but I haven't had any of that yet.

This might help
or this
(just noticed this one is missing a few)

Catawba down in Morganton is on in Asheville and has solid brews, Olde Hickory is also a great brewery.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP and carbonation volumes
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:30:03 PM »
Oh really?  I lost out on a BOS due to my brew being "slightly under carbonated".  It was the only "ding" against it.

How do you know, did you witness the BOS? Generally no notes are kept from the BOS table, at least not in our neck of the woods.

Lower than expected carbonation can cause a whole host of dings - appearance, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel can all be affected. In fact I often serve a nearly flat beer during the BJCP exam and the major flaw, carbonation, is always noted, but many other things can be underwhelming and notable when the carbonation level is too low.

But if that was your only ding I guess you scored a 49 on the score sheet  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 28, 2012, 03:25:10 AM »
With any luck I'll be in the same situation in a couple more months.  Honestly I think the new format will be easier to pass into National status, although it will take two sessions.  The 3-hr all-in-one marathon was fatiguing.

I do not think it will be easier at all. In fact, it may be harder. 6 exam beers instead of four, more evaluation of beer and more fatigue during that period. Most new judges trying to do a complete job go at a 12-15 min clip and 15 is all the time you have per beer. There is also stress involved in knowing another beer is coming. Now if one has been judging and doing an exemplary job while judging it will be a piece of cake.

The written will be as hard as ever. Before it really was 8 questions and a virtual beer plus program information. The virtual beer and program info are gone. The T/F remain, but will count against you if you get any of the wrong. When it was 15 questions the vast majority of exams I graded were 12/15 or 13/15. I rarely got a 15/15, of course that should change. Now what that boils down to is 5 questions instead of 8. 5 questions where you have to answer 80% or better correct to make National. Of course the questions are provided in the study guide and what the mix will be:
two questions covering beer styles, one is a recipe question, and two questions covering brewing techniques, with the latter focusing on the relationship of ingredients and the brewing process to flavors in the finished beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:57:17 PM »
...and have 10 judging points.

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As far as 1 year, yes, the rule is 1 year from the time of taking the web-based exam to take the taste. I am sure if no taste is located within a reasonable distance of your location that may be extended. FWIW - I would believe for most of the country a reasonable distance would be within about 250 miles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:09:30 AM »
At 10 beans it's only 5 cents a question  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 08:53:03 AM »
Nope, $10. The exam will not be the same twice so it probably would not be worth the time to take it since prospective entrants can take a free 20 question sample exam off the new exam site.

General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:04:35 AM »
The home page has several document links which should answer most questions.

The exam structure document in particular.

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Just for fun

Commercial Beer Reviews / Zombie Killer
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:37:17 AM »
Not really a review, but a great choice to accompany the season finale of TWD. Very nice cherry cyser.

All Things Food / Re: Ninja 1100
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:23:35 PM »
Well, we finally washed it today ;)

Still haven't used it, but it looks like it is going to be a beast!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:03:06 AM »
Don't think there would have been a firkin fest if PTC hadn't passed ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:02:56 PM »
Have they actually decided where? Last I heard it was April 28 and Brews Cruise was heading it up.

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