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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:36:46 PM »
Wort is at best 2% fructose (Palmer) and that caramelizes at 230F. Sucrose and Glucose are 320F and Maltose 356F. So unless the temp is above 230F you are not getting any caramelization and for sure you are not getting any significant caramelization until you are above 320F. Again, if water is present, caramelization is not occurring, simply maillard reactions.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:24:03 PM »
If water is present you are not getting caramelization, as was pointed out the temps for that to occur are much higher than boiling.

As far as what a decoction provides to a beer. IME a decoction provides an intangible complexity worth at best a point or two on a score sheet. I never found my decocted beers to be more malty, simply a slight bit more complex in the malt profile. YMMV.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:13:40 AM »
My understanding is the higher end Jefferson's (what you had) are really good. I personally found the Jefferson's Bourbon to be pretty boring.

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BART actually thinks that a beer named B.A.R.T. may hurt their brand? I guess they forgot Fruitvale Station already kinda put a black cloud over it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 12:58:45 PM »
Head to Asheville early. It's a heck of a lot easier to find a National judge there.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 20, 2015, 11:47:45 AM »
MGP - Midwest Grain Products

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 11:46:48 AM »
Austin is a heck of a lot more fun IMO than Houston.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 11:07:10 AM »
Looks like a drive to Houston might be the only choice other than the NHC.
http://www.bjcp.org/apps/reports/graders.php

I had a buddy lined up to give me the Quarterly exam and it got shot down because he is not a current grader although he graded in the past so I grabbed another National and we pushed the date to the July offering.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 10:11:59 AM »
You should find a seat at an upcoming Written exam, word on the street is the last one with the 2008 Guidelines will be the July Quarterly exam.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:56:36 AM »
Have a solution devised which is easy to implement and more consideration will be given than simply airing perceived grievances. Also better to present that solution to the Exam Directorate than to wait for a members meeting later in the year. The former is try to solve a perceived issue, the latter is really just complaining, especially since the EDs might not even be there.

The proctor sheets will probably never be public so scratch that. It has been discussed in the past and discarded. The consensus scores are sometimes put aside so those will probably not be made for public consumption since they are sometimes just a starting point. I see no reason why the admin notes could not be available, but in truth you could probably just ask your admin for a copy or a synopsis of the beers.

We always go over the beers and the scores and perceptions following the exam. The last time our discussion went at least 90 minutes and the examinees who cared took notes.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:09:55 AM »
Thanks for the update, I was not sure how they are doing it currently. I do know people often screw up their email or change it. Here's the most current list of bad emails.
http://www.bjcp.org/apps/reports/noemail.php

Jimmy - In your case you did not get the newer tick sheet RTP, your's basically had no feedback only the grids. I suggest you contact Bruce Buerger and ask, be sure to give him your Examinee Number. If you would like I'll be glad to go over your exam sheet and tell you what to improve upon, of course I'm not known for being especially touchy feely. ;)

The current basis for RTP is this:
http://www.bjcp.org/forms/Judging_RTP.docx

The lead judge cuts in the grids and then I tweak the boxes and headers to convey where to focus for improvement. This is the sheet Toby received.

To do as you ask would require writing that information down. I personally make a consensus sheet using the NHC Second Round sheet, but you could not read it, it is for me during the grading to help form a mental picture and create a virtual beer. As I grade I continue to add to the virtual beer and tweak scoring as more information comes from the examinee sheets. To provide what you want would be the old RTP and would probably add another hour or two per examinee to the graders time. I know it's tough for me to get more than a single hour of down time here or there, much less another 24. Assuming 6 hours can be snagged per week for that level of feedback then a month at a minimum to the wait time.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 05:25:21 AM »
The goal is to evaluate a beer in 10 min or less including consensus as a BJCP judge. In reality with that goal in mind the time should be less, right? ;)

I honestly often find myself bored proctoring the exam because of the extra time. Some judges are incredibly slow, they evaluate the beers, but seem to take forever to get the words on the page. That is why, IMO, the time for evaluation is 15 minutes. I know two judges who have a difficult time writing due to health issues and they still can finish in less than 15 minutes. With practice, and you should practice before taking the exam, you should be able to finish each beer you are presented with time to spare.

As far as the beer changing, the aroma will begin to lessen in most cases making it more difficult to characterize. That is one of the reasons it is on the sheet first. The aroma and flavor may change as it warms, but a 2-4 ounce sample in your hand will warm very quickly. The key is to keep the beer in the weak hand and the pen in the writing hand and never set down the beer. You'll judge faster when you don't have to keep picking up the cup or glass.

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The latest rumor was Pharrell was to be sued for Happy.
http://radio.com/2015/03/19/marvin-gaye-children-pharrell-open-letter-blurred-lines/

I could hear the Marvin Gaye similarities in Blurred Lines.


Somehow I see this one becoming an issue at some point in the future if anyone takes the time to listen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJBzDY93aDw
Sounds like to me it takes from Natasha Bedingfield as well as Youngblood Brass Band (@2:31) with a bit of Fugees thrown in for good measure.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:48:01 PM »
You are given 15 minutes per beer to fill out the score sheet. The time really isn't constrained. I can pen a score sheet and reach consensus in 10 minutes or less. 15 minutes is not rushed at all for judging a beer. Often when I proctor (the sheets are longer), I have time to hit the head between beers if needed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 19, 2015, 05:37:33 PM »
The RTP will be uploaded to the BJCP website. Your pin will be mailed. I assume you are notified via email on your status.

I've seen as short as 8 weeks recently, but 12 weeks is more the norm. The holiday weeks in November/December shouldn't really be counted, despite the best efforts IME it is almost impossible to get any grading done during that time.

I know on a recent set it arrived to us late and we were a pinch hit grading team. We finished on time and then there was a delay in the final grading. So issues on the front end and a delay on the back end and I would guess the examinees got their results back at about 16 weeks even though the meat of the grading was finished in time.

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