More Homebrewing Lessons Learned at Brooklyn Wort

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  1. Jamey says:

    A solid humbling is a good thing. And we all need them from time to time.

    In the competitions I’ve entered, I think that the judges have been, at times perhaps, kinder than they should have been. No one really wants to rip another person’s beer, and if you do then maybe you shouldn’t be judging. But honest and constructive feedback is priceless.

    But look at your feedback with a grain of salt. I was dismayed by a beer that I entered into a pair of Virginia BJCP competitions. It got terrible scores and only averaged an 18 in one of the events. An 18. I tried the beer afterwards and there were no major flaws in it to earn such a score. It would have bothered me more if that beer hadn’t made it to the final round of the National Homebrew Competition. Yes, WTF. 🙂

    So, the moral of the story is listen to the feedback and try to use it to improve your craft. But the judges aren’t infallible. Especially if the beer doesn’t fit into the tight confines of a style definition.

    • Simply Beer says:

      Thanks Jamey! IT was a solid humbling and I’m actually grateful for it. I have a lot of respect for 3 of the judges (professional brewers/owners), don’t know the other 4. Non-the-less the last couple of weeks and now this, have really made me look at my process and I’ve found a number of spots that I can improve upon.

      Here’s to better future showings! 🙂

  2. I’m new to home brewing, and just racked my first batch of brew to the second fermentor this weekend. Sounds like I have a long way to go. Hope you at least had a good time at the event. Like you said, you got a great response from the people attending, and that’s always a good thing.


  3. John K says:

    Cheers, Peter. I thought your black lager was really tasty. We had some similar results with our judges cards. oh well, next time. But congrats to Andrew and Chris!

  4. Vanessa says:

    It can be so tricky too, when you make a beer (even for a non-style comp) that doesn’t fit into a neat little box; I’ve found that especially true with entering my Iron Brewer beer into comps – people often just don’t know what to make of it!

    Regardless, as long as you take it as constructive criticism, it’s only going to help you improve! 🙂

  5. Jason Harris says:

    I’ve yet to compete with any of my beers, but the whole category thing makes me not want to. I’d rather make a great beer than a beer that fits the standard definition of style ##X.

  6. ST says:

    Nice positive take! My barleywine also did not get the scores I expected either, and based on some of the comments I felt it was either being mistaken for 19B English style, or possibly the judges weren’t following BJCP? One even made very specific comments about my fermentation temps and poor attenuation – which were WAY off the mark (the comments, not my attenuation!) Anyway it took a while to let all that filter in and I am now feeling more appreciative for the constructive criticism than put off by the few questionable cards. And most of all – the event was a BLAST! Enjoyed tasting your black lager.

    • Simply Beer says:

      ST, The event was a blast and glad you enjoyed my Beer. I’m not even going to speculate what people think, but the best thing you can do for yourself is try to take some positive away from it, which it seems you are. Are you going to do Get Real NY in a couple weeks or Brooklyn Wort in Aug?

  7. Threefrenchs says:

    You have always been a positive influence on my brewing and this is a great post. I just entered my 1st contest after home brewing off and on for over 15 years and although what my friends think about my beer means a lot, having a neutral party judge your beer brings this hobby to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing and I have no doubt that you will be even a better brewer having had this experience.

  8. mike says:

    You obviously have influenced me too and I’m looking forward to your Get Real NY cask’d beers. Really effin’ excited!! Oh — Yours too, 10 Guys

  9. Man, I dug the ABL style! It was a fun day and you never know what is gonna happen in these competitions. Can’t wait to see how messed up my fermentations will be for the August edition.