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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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:48:23 PM »
Dave likes a quick turn around and often drinks them a bit too early. AFAIK he never makes the same batch twice and only 5 or so gallon batches. Sometimes awesome, sometimes not my cup-of-tea, but always interesting.

If you want to see his recipe for number 500 it is here:

All Things Food / Ninja 1100
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:06:20 PM »
Just picked up a Ninja 1100 Kitchen System at Costco for $94. We already have something that will do everything it will, but I figured for less than 100 beans what the heck. Anyone else got one and any experience with this beast?

General Homebrew Discussion / Batch 500
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:40:55 PM »
No, not me.

We have a local homebrewer who only makes extract batches and brewed his 500th batch on February 28, 2012. Someone checked some old notes and found he discussed batch 295 back on October 14, 1998. So 205 batches in 13 years 4 months. Using rough math that comes out to 160 months or a batch every 3 weeks.

That's impressive!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:55:50 PM »
(it's Asheville Pizza and Brewing)

Yep, SN is a done deal and the buzz is New Belgium is surveying property and has signed a contract. Of course if true they can always back out. I heard they plan to announce their new east coast location in April.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:53:02 PM »
Asheville will have 12 breweries in Buncombe County soon, in two years Sierra Nevada will be in the neighboring county (about 10 min away).

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