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Old 01-14-2009, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Beer Judge Certification Program?

Anyone complete the Beer Judge Certification Program?

Just out of curiosity, has anyone done this?

Thought it might be interesting, although the exams are closed for 2009 (only 5 exams offered per month). I've downloaded all the study/style/judge/and competition guides.

Any info on this would be appreciated. Been to Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)

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Old 01-14-2009, 05:39 PM   #3
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First-

Congratualtions on having the desire to take this test.

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If you can not take the test until next year, start studying now.

It is a 3 hour test, the majority of which you will spend writing.

In between all of the writing you will have to judge 4 beers. You will be scored against two currents judges and how they scored the same beers.

I learned a lot from the study groups leading up to the test.

Half of the group has gotten results back, I am in the half that has not

Texlaw has a good write up on the test somewhere here. search for that.

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My brother in law just took it this past summer. He scored National Judge on his first attempt. Such a great accomplishment.

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Old 01-14-2009, 06:42 PM   #5
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Last year I took the exam for the first time, and scored high enough for a National Judge too. I took no course, but attributed a good part of my success to HBT:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f19/than...cp-exam-77857/

It is definitely a worthwhile thing to undertake. It will make you a better homebrewer and you will have a broader appreciation of beer in general. I honestly enjoy beer more now.

I also get to enjoy lots of OTHER people's beers at homebrew competitions, too!

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I wish more people would take the test because I'm tired of getting beers judged by average joes with no certification.

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If you want to drive over to Atlanta, you can take the exam on March 15th. There are still spots open.

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From those who have successfully completed the exam any pointers? This looks like a fun experience.

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If you want to drive over to Atlanta, you can take the exam on March 15th. There are still spots open.
Already have plans for that weekend... going fly fishing with some friends. Might need more prep time than that as well.
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From those who have successfully completed the exam any pointers? This looks like a fun experience.
The key to success in this exam is REALLY understanding the various beer styles, as defined by the BJCP guidelines. The biggest component of the exam will be style related questions. The technical (brewing) side is surprisingly small.

It's tough, grueling work, but you need to drink every good example of each style that you can lay your hands on. If you want to pass this exam, you need to drink and evaluate a lot of beer!

It is also important to understand the origins, brewing techniques, cultural influences, ingredients, brewer's intent, etc. for each of these styles. If you do the tasting with the book-work, it makes it a lot more fun.

Part of the exam (30% of the grade) is to actually taste and evaluate four different beers. This is the more difficult part to learn on your own. It helps if you know other judges who can drink some different beers with you and coach you through what you are tasting, what is good, what is bad, etc. (Again, I know, tough work -- now you have to drink with other people, too!). Seriously, this is the primary function of a beer judge, and you are scrutinized at how well you can do it (you are actually graded according to how closely your evaluation matches the evaluations of two seasoned judges called proctors).

Anyways, there is a LOT of work to study for the exam, but if you can do it in groups it is probably a lot easier and more fun. Doing it on your own is certainly possible, though. Either way, it is a great excuse to 'research' beer.
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