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Jim Layton (209.244.93.226)
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 02:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi all. I've been lurking here off and on and finally decided I'd like to throw my 2 cents into this fountain of information on occasion.

I'm a BJCP National judge, been brewing a few years but still have plenty to learn. That's why I'm here.

Jim Layton
 

Jack Kephart (24.93.164.240)
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 02:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Jim!

Good to see ya here, your input will be welcomed by all I'm sure.


....and I'm still up for that brew exchange we discussed at NHC in Chicago, once my brew season gears back up that is;-)

JackK
 

Steve Anderson (64.12.97.9)
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 03:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome. This is a great forum. I have been coming here for three years. I have never brewed with anyone else. I'm not a member of a club. It's this board, a few books and a few magazines that I get my info from. I imagine even an BJCP judge can learn here. Feel free to share your knowledge.
 

Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Monday, September 08, 2003 - 10:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, Jim, welcome! I'm taking the BJCP exam in Oct. Any tips?
 

Jim Layton (67.29.234.219)
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 02:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, guys.

Tips for the BJCP exam? Alright, here are a few:

You will get one question about how BJCP is organized and how a judge progresses within it. Make sure that you can answer this one.

Organize your thoughts before you start writing the answer. You might even want to jot down your "talking points" to the side and arrange them in a logical sequence. Complete sentences and coherent paragraphs score better than random factoids.

Study the example questions in the BJCP study guide closely. Prepare an answer for every one of them. Expect to see one of those questions on the exam.

Read each question carefully. Double check your answer to make sure that you have addressed every part of the question.

Don't be lazy when scoring beers in the tasting portion. Fill up the space with the best commentary that you can provide.

Gordon Strong has put way more time and effort than I have into answering this very question. Read his excellent tips at http://207.89.201.107/GS_Presentations.html
under Mastering the BJCP Exam.

Good luck on the exam, Denny. I think you'll be glad that you took it.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 02:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, fill out the exam scoresheets completely for the test beers and make profuse comments. It's rather unrealistic to be able to do this in a real competition where you usually have no more than about 10 minutes to judge each entry. The "ideal" scoresheet posted on the BJCP website is overdone in my opinion but it shows the prejudices of those who score the exam, so keep that in mind.
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 06:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the tips, guys!
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 06:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Message deleted...never mind
 

Bob Rescinito (162.58.0.112)
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Jim! Good to see ya in Chicago! Welcome here! I'm sure I'll see you at Bluebonnet if not sooner at Dixie Cup!

Bob R in OKC
 

Beertracker (68.12.51.22)
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 04:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Jim,
Your judging & brewing experience are certainly welcome anytime on this board! "Brewing for a FEW years" is kind of an understatment for an OLD COON DOG like yourself isn't it? J CHEERS! Beertracker
 

Jim Layton (67.203.83.60)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 01:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bob, Jeff - Thanks for the welcome, guys. Yep, I'll be in Houston for the Dixie Cup. Those guys put on a hilarious competition and Fred Eckhardt alone is worth the trip.

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