Jesse Mertz, our fearless leader, recently sat for the Beer Judge Certification Exam, after taking prep classes put on by the Concord Area Homebrewers. This is what he had to say about it:
The online pre-test was 200 multiple-choice/multiple-answer questions with no partial credit, which must be taken in 60 minutes. I did pass that in order to sit for the exam. The tasting portion was proctored, and was held at the Fisher Cats Stadium. We had 15 minutes per beer to do a complete scoresheet, with a 15-minute break between beers 3 and 4. Approximately 3 of the 6 had minor flaws, with 1 beer containing major flaws. I would not attempt a BJCP certification without a fairly strong brewing background – I’m not sure how the non-brewers pass this thing, really. Certainly challenging, and I learned a great deal, too. The biggest thing that helped me was reading Zymurgy’s ‘Commercial Calibration’, studying the BJCP style guidelines themselves, drinking lots of beer and styles that I would not normally pursue, and filling out scoresheets on both commercial and customer beers.
If you are thinking of this exam, I guess you will have to knuckle down and study hard, which will also include tasting lots of beer in different styles.
Here are some resources
Concord Area Homebrewers
New Hampshire Craft Beer Week is rapidly approaching! This celebration will include events like tap takeovers, tastings and special release beers from top breweries in New Hampshire and New England. To celebrate New Hampshire’s first Craft Beer Week, Kettle to Keg will be holding a special promotion! During the week of June 25rd to June 29th, customers that come to the store will find:
Home brew samples
Free copies of home brew magazines
A 10% discount off all beer ingredient kits
Help Kettle to Keg celebrate NH Craft Beer Week by coming in and checking out the new, expanded store!
Hope to see you there!
Are you a homebrewer? Do you use Kettle to Keg for your home brewing needs? Then we want you! We are looking for local homebrewers (everyone from beginner to advanced) to showcase their home brew systems, special techniques, unique beers, or anything else that you think makes your beer different. Take some pictures, write a paragraph and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Homebrewer Spotlight”. Each month we will be profiling one homebrewer on this very Kettle to Keg blog, and if your entry is chosen you will score a small gift from K2K as well! So relax, pour yourself a homebrew, and send me some emails!
Do you already homebrew? Or perhaps you want to learn how to make beer or wine? Well Kettle to Keg has always strived to help our customers, and now we are even better able to do that! The store has just undergone a major renovation that has given us some much needed breathing space. The store has expanded into the space next door, giving us a beautiful area to add book cases, expanded display space, a classroom brewing area, as well as an old (soon to be functioning) walk-in cooler. Over all, this project has given us more room to showcase equipment as well as offer services that we were not previously able.
One of the most obvious changes to the store is the beautiful book shelves we added in the expansion. This enabled us to better organize our extensive media library and make it that much easier to peruse. There are so many books available to home brewers today that we have gone to great lengths to carry a wide selection of books, magazines, and media resources – and this upgrade makes everything look great!
A new section of gondola shelving in has become home to our beer and wine kits. This has, in turn, given over more room for equipment that was formerly up above eye (and sometimes head) level to be moved to shelves that are easier to access.
Additionally, in the back of the store is a space that will be for brewing and education. We will be offering intorductory homebrew beer and wine classes for those who want to learn the basics, as well as more advanced classes for those who want to further their hobby. Kettle to Keg has truly become a one-stop shopping experience for all your brewing needs!