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BJCP Study Guide

BJCP Study Guide

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A study guide for passing the Beer Judge Certification Program exam
A study guide for passing the Beer Judge Certification Program exam

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 BJCP EXAM STUDY GUIDE
 
Interim 2006 Revision of 1998 Study Guideby Gordon Strong and Steve PiatzRevised February 13, 2007
This is an Interim Study Guide temporarily replacing the 1998 Study Guide which will undergo a complete update by aStudy Guide Committee upon completion and approval of the new BJCP Judge Exam.
Contributing Authors:
Edward WolfeScott BickhamDavid HousemanGinger WotringDave SapsisPeter GarofaloChuck Hanning
 
Copyright © 1998-2007 by the authors and the BJCPFebruary 13, 2007 - Clarified the Grand Master ranks on page 4.
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 I. INTRODUCTION...............................................................................................................................................................1
 
Recommended Reading....................................................................................................................................................2
 
Advanced Reading............................................................................................................................................................2
 
II. BEER JUDGING AND THE BJCP EXAM.......................................................................................................................3
 
A. The BJCP Guide..............................................................................................................................................................3
 
The BJCP Exam...............................................................................................................................................................3
 
Judging Levels..................................................................................................................................................................3
 
Advancing in the BJCP.....................................................................................................................................................4
 
Experience Points.............................................................................................................................................................5
 
BJCP EXPERIENCE POINT AWARD SCHEDULE (Revised July 2005)....................................................................5
 
Exam Administration........................................................................................................................................................7
 
BJCP Administration........................................................................................................................................................7
 
B. Beer Evaluation and the Judging Process.......................................................................................................................9
 
Beer Evaluation................................................................................................................................................................9
 
Environment.....................................................................................................................................................................9
 
Equipment........................................................................................................................................................................9
 
Presentation....................................................................................................................................................................10
 
The Judging Process.......................................................................................................................................................10
 
Notes on Smelling the Beer............................................................................................................................................12
 
Notes on Tasting the Beer..............................................................................................................................................13
 
Notes on Making Comments about Beer........................................................................................................................14
 
Other Considerations......................................................................................................................................................14
 
References and Additional Reading...............................................................................................................................15
 
C. Important BJCP Reference Materials...........................................................................................................................17
 
D. The BJCP Exam...........................................................................................................................................................18
 
Overview........................................................................................................................................................................18
 
BJCP Exam Questions....................................................................................................................................................18
 
Example of a Complete Answer.....................................................................................................................................21
 
E. BJCP Exam Study Course.............................................................................................................................................23
 
Guidelines for Doctoring Beers......................................................................................................................................26
 
III. BJCP STYLE GUIDELINES..........................................................................................................................................27
 
A. Introduction...................................................................................................................................................................27
 
IV. INGREDIENTS AND THE BREWING PROCESS......................................................................................................29
 
A. Water.............................................................................................................................................................................29
 
Alkalinity, pH and Hardness...........................................................................................................................................29
 
Ions in Brewing..............................................................................................................................................................30
 
Famous Brewing Waters.................................................................................................................................................30
 
Water Adjustment...........................................................................................................................................................31
 
Further Reading..............................................................................................................................................................31
 
B. Malts and Adjuncts........................................................................................................................................................32
 
Barley Malt.....................................................................................................................................................................32
 
Selection.........................................................................................................................................................................32
 
Malting...........................................................................................................................................................................33
 
Kilning............................................................................................................................................................................33
 
Other Malted Grains.......................................................................................................................................................34
 
Malt Content...................................................................................................................................................................34
 
Cereal Adjuncts..............................................................................................................................................................34
 
Other Adjuncts...............................................................................................................................................................35
 
Color...............................................................................................................................................................................35
 
Further Reading..............................................................................................................................................................35
 
C. Wort Production............................................................................................................................................................36
 
Mashing..........................................................................................................................................................................36
 

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