Where’s my feedback, nothing but static.
Just a quick comment/complaint/gripe here. I recently was in a homebrew competition, a Best of Show type competition. There was no style categories everyone is judged as one group, there was also an optional people’s choice competition. The people choice is a great component, I love serving people my homebrew, it is a great way to get out meet people and find out what they think about your hard work. My problem with these competitions is the lack of feedback from the judges core. Since we are not part of the “closed door” judging, it is very important to get some feedback on what the judges thought of your beer.
I’m not going to mention which competition this was, because it hasn’t been the only one of late. However, with the last event, I emailed the event organizers twice about getting feedback and they didn’t even have the courtesy to respond to my email. That really annoyed me and that is what prompted the post. I take my brewing very seriously, I work hard at it, I study, I research, and plan. When I take 8-10 hours of my time to prepare a beer for an event where it will be judged and don’t receive any feedback it is very frustrating. If I don’t know what was liked and disliked in my beer, how am I supposed to become a better brewer?
Part of me is starting to think that some of these competitions don’t really care about the homebrewers, they are just using us to promote themselves. Frankly that is fine, but I want something out of it in return.