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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 15, 2012, 03:14:51 PM »
Yes, to get to National you need 20 points.

As far as passing the web-based exam, I would only be guessing if I said the threshold was 60% correct. Whatever the level, it is a pass/fail exam so the more correct the more likely the examinee will pass ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 13, 2012, 07:59:14 PM »
I know the information, but need serious practice to convey it in the time allotted. With the new exam only bein 1.5 hours it should prove easier, for me at least. Also the hand cramp factor will be much, much less.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 13, 2012, 07:41:05 PM »
It should be noted the blog link is in not an official BJCP notification, the official details will be released on the BJCP website in due time!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 13, 2012, 03:14:56 PM »
Just retake the taste...AGAIN...you old coot!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 13, 2012, 03:10:05 PM »
Maybe I should have given a little background. The original note discussed the 4 beer taste exam AND the 6 beer taste exam. In reality the rule will be 80% or better on the taste AND 10 judging experience points.

I have it correctly stated in my previously posted quotation.

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EDIT: Any current National judge can retake the exam regardless of taste or essay score.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:35:56 PM »
It should have (and now does) read:
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To qualify to sit for the Proficiency Exam, potential examinees must have scored at least 80% on the tasting exam and have a minimum of 10 judging experience points.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 13, 2012, 06:16:50 AM »
The exam will be online in April, but you may still want to prepare with a class. Here is a pretty good summary of the coming changes to the exam for both prospective and current judges:
http://mashbang.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/bjcp-exam-changes-in-april/

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Events / Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
« on: February 06, 2012, 04:19:00 AM »
Michael - I contend the speakers have little to do with whether or not one attends a conference. What it boils down to the pretty simple, can I go, do I want to go and can I afford to go.

Now you do bring up a good point, I wonder what the cancellation rate has been in the past.

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Events / Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
« on: February 05, 2012, 10:48:42 AM »
Personally I think the issue is/was waiting until February to allow people to purchase the conference. Usually it quietly opens in November and it does not sell out for quite some time. My suggestion would be to go back to the old ways for 2013.

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All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: January 28, 2012, 02:42:33 PM »
Put my hand on the $300 Zwilling Kramer today. I like the feel of it with the exception of the fit between the handle and the front metal. It seemed sloppy on the one I handled and had a slightly rough edge. It was a display model at SLT, but just didn't have the feel I believe it should...it could be a fluke, but I'm not dropping 300 beans on a knife without some perfection.

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The Pub / Re: Beer Documentaries
« on: January 28, 2012, 02:39:58 PM »
You should watch "American Beer". Also "Beer Y'all" is a similar concept centered around NC breweries.

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All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:07:42 AM »
I have this model grinder and love it.

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All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:52:57 AM »
At one time I used a spritzer bottle with water to cool. Now due to the volume I roast I drizzle water into my bread machine till the temp reaches about 220F or so.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Newcastle Founder's Ale
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:02:55 PM »
I had not heard of this one, but it was on at the pub tonight. According to the beer menu it was first available in the US on 1/12/12. I don't have a regular Newcastle for comparison, but it appears to ne the same color. They served it really cold (though not a frosted glass). Seems drier that the regular and just a tad more bitter. More of an English Pale Ale than a brown and I get just a very slight bit of diacetyl, but it is not detrimental to the flavor at all.

Wish I had not had a Celebration to start the night, but this might fall in line as a nice bitter. I just noticed the ABV is listed at 4.8%. Very quaffable, but certainly a session beer.

I thought when it hit the table it was gonna be a brown, what a surprise to find a bitter. Anyonw tried it with a clean palate?

PS: excuse my spelling, working off my phone.

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