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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 12, 2014, 12:19:23 PM »
People don't generally make things up. Perhaps the judges in the first case were sensitive to both DMS and diacetyl and the second set of judges were not. Perhaps the bottle in the first case was contaminated. Perhaps the entry was mixed up in the first case. Too many variables to be able to say the first score, the one you disagree with, was wrong and the second score, the one you prefer, was correct.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:47:28 AM »
I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:48:06 PM »

It was my least favorite part of the conference.  Doesn't bother me at all that it's gone.  Especially since the beers will still be available in a better format.

It was my MOST favorite part of the conference when the conference was not well attended. Now that the conference is many thousand gassy homebrewers the pro brewer's night just isn't as much fun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:40:21 AM »
^ great name

Thanks, I've had it for closing in on a half century ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:28:12 AM »
Pencils absolutely have an odor.

You could use scratch paper, but you are slowing down the process. Smell, see, taste, or sense it and then put it on the score sheet. Too many people sit around and think rather than writing what they perceived. If you truly perceive it, you will not be wrong to write that on the score sheet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 01, 2014, 01:05:58 AM »
The bottom line is they had two judges on the flight who had no business being there. New judges should not do specialty and neither should those who cannot make a decision.

13 is a very low score...think undrinkable wretching at the flavor making you want to blow chunks. I rarely go down there because I can award points other places. I'm guessing the 13 was too low. Sounds like the other score was too high and the middle ground is more appropriate.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 31, 2014, 12:02:04 PM »
I was judging ciders with a brand new guy who had zero experience. He thought everything was wonderful. In the real world he was correct, but we have guidelines. One one beer he refused to budge and I wasn't changing. For some reason I remember it as him being low and we were 10 points apart. I rejected his score entirely and awarded my score. Later in the flight he got with the program, but we did not revisit that cider. I cannot remember if it placed or not in the flight, but I did flip the score sheet and explain what happened to the entrant.

FWIW - I like to be within 3 points.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 25, 2014, 01:01:53 PM »
Typically the ID is assigned after the exams reach the ED. I think it is a spreadsheet nowadays so that could speed up the timing. Generally within a few weeks to a month of the exam. After the ID is sent AND the database updates the examinee can access their online record. The examinee will get their results via email and then via snail mail and once their rank shows in the online database they can order a badge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:29:56 PM »
Judging multiple times or filling out score sheets as you drink homebrew and commercial beers is great practice for the exam.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 22, 2014, 02:43:23 PM »
The typical time is currently 12-16 weeks, however it could be shorter or longer.

There is no downside to taking the exam again unless you feel you scored higher than 90. Based on your statements that is not the case.

You should take what you learned from the experience and apply it to your next exam. Getting up during the 90 minutes is a bad idea and as you discovered, you lose minutes you may need. There is some good discussion quite often on the BJCP forums and the BJCP Facebook page.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: My last negra modello
« on: March 20, 2014, 02:44:02 PM »
Just because a beer is listed in the commercial examples does not mean it is a 50 beer. I'm not sure why so many assume it. It just means it is representative of the style.

I need to revisit NM, because I haven't found it overly sweet. Of course I have not had one in a year or two either.

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina
« on: March 15, 2014, 02:06:05 PM »
I'll list some that should be available as I think of them:

Lonerider Addie's Revenge
Big Boss - High Roller, Night Knight, Deuces Wild, Monkey Biz-ness (a bit sweet this year), Warhawk, The Centaur (saison with Mosaic dry hop)
Foothills - Jade, Seeing Double
Pisgah - Valdez
NoDa - Hop Drop & Roll
Olde Hickory - Death By Hops

In looking at the list above I seem to have included several IPA variants.

All the Oscar Blues beers are brewed in Brevard, NC and to me are fresher and better than their Colorado counterparts. Gubna was revamped this year and should be out soon, Deviant Dales is darn tasty from Brevard.

Send your peeps to Sam's Quick Shop in Durham and/or Tasty Beverage in Raleigh. If they go close to the time of your visit they could grab some growlers. They guys at either could give them some guidance, especially if you let them know what you are after.

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:13:24 AM »
Norfolk, bah humbug. ;)

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