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Old 01-14-2013, 03:05 AM   #31

For those taking the test or thinking about taking the test, here's some advice on how to prepare:

1) know the guidelines well enough and then practice tastings from beers that are near to each other in the guidelines; for example, we did a tasting of ordinary bitter, special bitter, and extra special bitter (ESB) and filled out judging sheets on each of them;

2) know the off-flavor compounds and work on being able to perceive and identify them

3) practice describing what you are tasting, regardless of the style guidelines; become comfortable with descriptive words and apply them to what you are tasting

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Old 01-14-2013, 03:07 AM   #32

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I hope my comments have always showed the respect I have for you, if not, I apologize, oh judge!!!! I mean "Your Honor!"
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:09 AM   #33

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I've got my exam on Saturday. Any pointers for me or just a general what to expect? Thanks.
Good luck, but I'm sure you won't need it, you'll do fine!

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Old 01-14-2013, 03:12 AM   #34

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I meant how long from the time you started pursuing being bjcp certified till you got certified.
I took the online test in March 2012, the tasting exam in July and received my packet last week.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:20 AM   #35
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Good luck, but I'm sure you won't need it, you'll do fine!
Thanks! I think I'm going to do a last minute off flavor panel later in the week with as many off flavors as I can easily get a hold of, just so they're all fresh in my mind.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:25 AM   #36

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Thanks! I think I'm going to do a last minute off flavor panel later in the week with as many off flavors as I can easily get a hold of, just so they're all fresh in my mind.
Speaking of off-flavors, one of the beers at our test was a Bohemian Pilsner and it turned out to be Pilsner Urquell (the commerical beer, not a handmade clone) - badly skunked!

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:38 AM   #37
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For what it's worth, I took the test a year ago (one of the last full essay/tasting combined exams) end of January, and got my results back in I want to say end of July or early August.

 
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For what it's worth, I took the test a year ago (one of the last full essay/tasting combined exams) end of January, and got my results back in I want to say end of July or early August.
Its interesting, we had no essays, but we did have to taste and evaluate twice as many beers as the combined exam. I like this system - to get more judges into the system with an entrance exam and a tasting exam. Then, if you want to progress further, you need to gain experience and take a written exam with essays.

I'm not even going to think about the essay exam for a couple of years. Get some experience judging and see what happens, what feels right. I very well might get quite comfortable judging a couple of times a year and leave it at that.

 
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I think the real story here is that a disproportionate number of homebrewers have the first name "James".

With the acquisition of Pappers_ and Homercidal, "James" dominates the mod category as well.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:16 PM   #40

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I think the real story here is that a disproportionate number of homebrewers have the first name "James".

With the acquisition of Pappers_ and Homercidal, "James" dominates the mod category as well.

And don't forget handsome - named James and handsome.

 
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