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Old 01-13-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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So I am getting to the point where I would like to start competing so I can get some better feedback than just "Wow man, this is good." My question is if you are a few (2-3) gravity points off is is still considered in style? The reason I ask is because I did a IIPA and my FG is 2 points lower than the style guidelines lay out. I had a 1.008FG (1.079OG) and the guidelines call for 1.010-1.020 FG. Will this be a problem? Keep in mind that I have never even looked at an entry form. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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Not a problem at all. I don't even think they ask for such specifics for most comps.


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Old 01-13-2009, 05:28 PM   #3
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I would think that it's all up to the judge. You will need to complete a BJCP entry form for each entry that you submit. Starting and terminal gravity are two of the many things that you are asked to enter on the form.

I wouldn't think that a couple of points would be a big deal, but if you get a judge that's really hardcore they could ding you for it I suppose.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:37 PM   #4
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Also maybe your hydrometer is off...
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I would think that it's all up to the judge. You will need to complete a BJCP entry form for each entry that you submit. Starting and terminal gravity are two of the many things that you are asked to enter on the form.

I wouldn't think that a couple of points would be a big deal, but if you get a judge that's really hardcore they could ding you for it I suppose.
Not every competition uses that form. I've very rarely seen one that asks for FG, so it shouldn't matter too much.

Also, the judges don't look at that sheet when judging you. It is a blind tasting and you can't be marked off for that unless they perceive it as being too dry.
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Starting and terminal gravity are two of the many things that you are asked to enter on the form.
Really? I've entered three comps last year, including the NHBC and don't recall having to put any gravity readings on the entry form.
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Really? I've entered three comps last year, including the NHBC and don't recall having to put any gravity readings on the entry form.
I just started entering competitions, and thusfar they've all required that the form I linked to above be completed and sent in with the beers. I can't say whether this is a common practice among competitions or not.
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IIRC: The judges do not see the score sheets but they can ask question from the competition proctor.

Along the lines of:
"These do not taste like English Hops, can you go look up the hop schedule and tell me the hops the brewer used?"

So a judge could ask for OG and FG.
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I've never had to enter anything specific about the beers so far.
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In that case I wont worry to much. I am more interested in the feedback. Dont get me wrong, a ribbon would be nice though. Thanks again for the responses.
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