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Old 07-31-2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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I was hoping for some pointers (or maybe even a sticky in this forum) about how to taste the beer we just made. I did a search and came up with a scattered set of topics. The process isn't as intuitive as it seems (especially when terms like attenuation come up). Any help would be really appreciated.

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Here is an article on judging beer, hope that helps. There is also a section in the back of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. I don't believe either go into attenuation though and just skim the surface. You may also want to try BJCP.

http://beeradvocate.com/articles/637

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Here is some information about competitions and judging from BJCP.
http://www.bjcp.org/compcenter.html

Here are the BJCP style guidelines.
http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.html

And here is some basic tasting information.
http://beer.about.com/od/howtotasteb...oTasteBeer.htm

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Does anyone know of a pre-made beer tasting/comment card? Most of the people that usually try my brews are the BMC type and dont have much of a beer palate. I was thinking if I had a little card or something along those lines with questions about the brew I could get better constructive critisim from them.

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I was looking at some great info yesterday while trying to find out how to get bjcp certified...

There is some great info that can translate into analysing your own beers.

This Zymurgy article for instance http://www.bjcp.org/Zymurgy_judge_article.pdf

There's a lot more stuff here as well.

http://www.bjcp.org/sitemap.html

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Does anyone know of a pre-made beer tasting/comment card? Most of the people that usually try my brews are the BMC type and dont have much of a beer palate. I was thinking if I had a little card or something along those lines with questions about the brew I could get better constructive critisim from them.
It might be a little too advanced for the BMC type, but I am sure you can use it as a starting point. The BJCP Scoresheet: http://www.bjcp.org/SCP_BeerScoreSheet.pdf

Other than that I wasn't able to find anything.
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I was looking at some great info yesterday while trying to find out how to get bjcp certified...

There is some great info that can translate into analysing your own beers.

This Zymurgy article for instance http://www.bjcp.org/Zymurgy_judge_article.pdf

There's a lot more stuff here as well.

http://www.bjcp.org/sitemap.html
Neener neener. I just got the wife's blessing to spend every Thursday night from September 18th through December 4th prepping for the BJCP with Peter Zien, head of Alesmith Brewing and San Diego's only grandmaster level judge.
(the term grandmaster always makes me think 80's hip hop or the KKK)
At the end of the course he will administer the exam also.
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Neener neener. I just got the wife's blessing to spend every Thursday night from September 18th through December 4th prepping for the BJCP with Peter Zien, head of Alesmith Brewing and San Diego's only grandmaster level judge.
(the term grandmaster always makes me think 80's hip hop or the KKK)
At the end of the course he will administer the exam also.
COOL!!!!

That's what I'm trying to find, someone local to mentor me, rather than just working through the material on my own...A class would be cool, with a bunch of other people, but I doubt there's any going on in Michigan.
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COOL!!!!

That's what I'm trying to find, someone local to mentor me, rather than just working through the material on my own...A class would be cool, with a bunch of other people, but I doubt there's any going on in Michigan.
I suspect there are some going on in Michigan or will be soon. I think there was an exam in the last month or two, but I'm sure there will be another one sometime in the next year. I believe Fred Bonjour was the exam organizer, you might want to contact him to see if he knows of any study groups going on or when the next exam will be.

I'd also check with any local clubs to see if there is any interest. If you've got 6-12 dedicated people you can startup a study group.
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Neener neener. I just got the wife's blessing to spend every Thursday night from September 18th through December 4th prepping for the BJCP with Peter Zien, head of Alesmith Brewing and San Diego's only grandmaster level judge.
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Isn't he Grand Master Level 2? I think he is one of only a few in the country.
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