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Old 03-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default BJCP bottle fill level

What's the accepted bottle fill level for BJCP? More than once, I got comments regarding bottle fill, but they didn't specifically say what the level should be. I usually fill so that the final level is between 1/4 and 1/2 way up the neck.

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An inch or so is fine. You don't get points taken away for it being less or more, though- it's just mentioned in the scoresheet.

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If it doesn't play into the points, it really should be removed. I feel that it can mistakenly influence a judge's overall impression even it if has no effect on the sensory.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
An inch or so is fine. You don't get points taken away for it being less or more, though- it's just mentioned in the scoresheet.
Ideally yes, points should never be deducted for high or low fill. In practice however, that's not always the case. As there is no judging oversight, judges are essentially able to assign scores and give or take points as they see fit.

I've had several scoresheets over the last few years that mention "high fill" and deduct a point.

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I lost points for a "low fill" with an IIPA that placed 2nd....1st beat me by 1 pt! Both samples where 1/4 inch up in the neck which I thought was fine I was upset!


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