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Old 08-10-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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I'm trying to find enough interest in the Grand Rapids MI area to warrant a BJCP certification class.

We would try to put something together this fall, about ten meetings with a few different instructors. Cost would probably be around $10 per meeting to cover beers for tasting.

Any body interested? Please respond to this post!

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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If it were a little closer, say Lansing-ish, I'd be interested.

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Old 08-10-2010, 06:00 PM   #3
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I used to know a guy named Beergeek from Caledonia that made pretty good cider.

In reading more about the BJCP, it includes ciders and meads too?

How often might the classes be and on which night, that is, would it be practical for a guy from the East side of the state to sign up?

Thanks in advance for your help...again.

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Old 08-10-2010, 10:50 PM   #4
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Interested! (subscribed)

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Old 08-11-2010, 12:07 AM   #5
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I'm interested, but it'll be tough with a baby on the way in September. I might make a few,but probably not enough for a cert. Keep us posted on dates/times.

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Old 08-11-2010, 01:39 AM   #6
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I'm interested enough to subscribe for now and see what particulars come about.

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Old 08-11-2010, 11:42 AM   #7
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I used to know a guy named Beergeek from Caledonia that made pretty good cider.

In reading more about the BJCP, it includes ciders and meads too?

How often might the classes be and on which night, that is, would it be practical for a guy from the East side of the state to sign up?

Thanks in advance for your help...again.
Ciders, perrys and meads are all a part of the BJCP. They probably wouldn't get a whole lot of attention in the training, since they are about 1/25th of the styles involved.

However, if you get BJCP certified, and come on over and judge at the GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry competition) you can judge/learn with some of the best cider judges around! How have your ciders been lately? I had two ciders (three meads and 5 beers) in the Michigan Beer Cup last weekend. DOn't know how they did yet - the awards ceremony is on the 21st (of Aug).

We need to gage interest before we can form the final details - When classes start, how long they go, which night, etc.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:37 PM   #8
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Ciders, perrys and meads are all a part of the BJCP. They probably wouldn't get a whole lot of attention in the training, since they are about 1/25th of the styles involved.
And they are not on the test at all....
However there is a separate mead exam.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:22 PM   #9
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I didn't expect them (cider/mead) to be on the BJCP exam at all. I just found it interesting that they were incuded.

I went over to the BJCP website - TONS of information.
I'd take the classes just for the benifit of learning more, let alone to get certified in anything to do with beer.

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