« on: March 08, 2016, 10:38:34 AM »
for the record, I don't agree with Mike, and the others who have had a fit when someone sent four.
Me? No, I'm not sending 4. But I'm a Grandmaster Judge. I'm supposed to be the expert at the table.
I just have a hard time understanding the problem.
I have had high ranking judges tell me I MUST push three, because maybe my third best beer is the third best overall. Dude...Again, GM here. If we cannot trust me when I say that our second best beer was a 21 and not medal worthy, then why are we bothering with a competition?!?
On the same note, I've had PLENTY of times where one team was very inexperienced. I cannot judge all the beers, so if they have a hard time deciding between beers then I'll tell them to go ahead and push all 4. I and the other lead judges can get through them quickly.
Just judged with some newbies to cider, who pushed a loaded-with-vanilla C1A entry to mini-bos. C'mon. People should have more of a problem with THAT than if they had pushed 4. An extra entry adds a minute to my mini-BOS. Someone not sending the "your schwarzbier needs to be richer, more body, and more roast" to mini-BOS may rob someone of a medal.
Give the best beers a chance, and get the round over with as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Not rocket surgery.