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Offline akloco

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Mini BOS
« on: April 20, 2010, 06:52:03 PM »
I was wondering what advancing to the mini BOS means in the first round

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Re: Mini BOS
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 08:41:24 PM »
Hopefully you're asking because your beer(s) did go to mini-BOS...
It means you had one of the best 10 or so beers judged by a judge team.
It means that the flight (category) was so large that it had to be split into a number of smaller "sub-flights".  Then the "sub-flight" judge team (usually 2-3 judges) felt that beer was one of the top one or two or three beers in the part of the flight they judged.  Then usually the top-ranked judges for that flight evaluate those top couple of beers from each judge team to see what beers should be ranked 1, 2, 3 from that flight (category) and sent on to the 2nd round in June.  It's called mini-best-of-show but really it's determining which are the best beers from a large flight and determining 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place--so going on to mini-BOS means it's actually "best of the sub-flight" and going to the next level of "best of flight (category)".
I hope that makes sense.  If you entered, good luck in the competition!
« Last Edit: April 20, 2010, 08:44:25 PM by gail »

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Re: Mini BOS
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 09:32:19 PM »
it makes perfect sense,  and yes I am asking because I did make mini-bos with a munich helles.  I am new to this and wasn't sure what this meant.  thanks for the explanation

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Re: Mini BOS
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010, 09:54:18 AM »
I was wondering what advancing to the mini BOS means in the first round

Hi Akloco,

Gail covered the concept pretty well, but I thought I'd give a little background information on the mini-BOS concept.  (Sorry I didn't see your post earlier.)

In the National Homebrew Competition, if a category has more than 10-12 entries, then it will be judged in 2 or more flights by different sets of judges.  In order to remove any personal biases of the different sets of judges involved in a category, the mini-BOS enables the top 3 entries from each flight to be evaluated by the senior ranking judge from each flight.  The mini-BOS judging does not re-score each entry, instead they evaluate each entry (without the scores) and chose the top 3 placing entries as those which best exemplify the style. Sometimes when one group of judges has a tendency to score high and another group scores their flight lower, the beers that are picked in the mini-BOS as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries may not have the highest point total.  I know it's disappointing for a brewer with a score sheet matching the Maximum Score for the category to not have their entry place, but that is how it works sometimes.

Anyway, I hope this helps.

Cheers,
   Janis

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Janis Gross
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