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Old 04-11-2007, 08:43 AM   #1
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I have never looked into how homebrew competitions are judged but I assume its similiar to a BBQ comp where the judges sample many different types of beer throughout the day. If I am wrong correct me. It got me to thinking after trying 3 different beers in one sitting how the judges could actually make a sound judgement on a particuliar beer. I mean, If I sample a brew and then turn around and sample another different brew my palate is not ready for that. Then after a few beers everything tastes better and different anyways. Any judges out there that can explain how a fair judgement is made?

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Old 04-11-2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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I've worked several competitions as a Steward or Head Steward. We set the judges up with beers ranging from lightest to darkest, robust, or hoppier. It normally takes 15 to 20 minutes for each entry and rarely is the whole entry consumed between the 3 judges and Steward, There is also water and soda crackers to cleans the palette. Judges should never judge more than 12 entries per day although I've seen some do more.

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Old 04-11-2007, 05:10 PM   #3
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I'm not a beer judge but this site will tell you everything that you need to know about the certification and judging process:

"Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late. The cannons don't thunder there's nothin' to plunder,
I'm an [under] forty victim of fate, Arriving too late, arriving too late."
-Jimmy Buffet

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