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Old 07-21-2009, 03:50 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 07-21-2009, 04:11 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:25 PM   #3
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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Congrats and good luck!

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