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thedude123 07-21-2009 03:50 PM

Judging my 1st competition
I will be a judge for the Blues n Brews Competition. Any judges out there have any pointers for me? I am not sure what style I will be doing yet but I would like to know the best way to prepare.

ohiobrewtus 07-21-2009 04:11 PM

See if you can find out what category you will be judging and study it/them like crazy if you don't know them exceptionally well already.

Sigafoos 07-21-2009 05:25 PM

They should have calibration beers beforehand to show you what you're going for. Try to give the best feedback you can, in what you found and would have liked. Also, RDW because you'll have another judge to tell you if you're wayyy off the mark (which you won't be).

passedpawn 07-21-2009 05:51 PM

Drink an example or two of the style which you will be drinking. See the style guidelines (BJCP Style Guidelines) and look at the end of the sections for commercial examples.

If you have a choice, of course judge the styles you have made yourself, as you are probably already aware of possible defects and will be able to detect them easily.

thedude123 07-21-2009 07:26 PM

Ya I am hoping I get IPAs or Pale ales. I will know the beginning of August.

I won't get stout or Weizen beers because I enter beers in those categories.

Homercidal 07-21-2009 07:32 PM

I've been thinking about becoming a BJCP judge, but not sure how easy it really is. The list of styles is impressive. Not sure i'm up to the challenge.

thedude123 07-21-2009 08:39 PM

Well not every Judge is going to be an expert in every style especially one that just passed the test. You are told what styles you are going to judge before hand so you can study up on the style.

david_42 07-21-2009 11:16 PM

All you have to do is read the style guide for the style you are assigned and understand the basic qualities of beer in general. Last judging I did, I ended up on one of the Belgian flights. I was not informed about which flight ahead of time, in fact, I was there to steward. I'm not a fan of Belgians. The BCJP judge was really into Belgians. I followed the style guide and in almost every case, we were only a point or two apart.

thedude123 08-13-2009 03:24 PM

I will be judging the American Ale and Specialty categories. The Specialty category should be interesting.

Ksosh 08-13-2009 03:26 PM

Congrats and good luck!

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