A Beer Judge’s Diary: BRAINSTORM!

By Ken Carman
By Ken Carman
 I was about to head off to help judge the first year of the Syracuse Homebrew Competition; my last “gig” had been Plattsburgh’s competition, when a brainstorm arrived on my mental doorstep like a craft beer fanatic at a new brewery occuring in a former dry county. Or “parish.” No need in leaving out my Cajun friends, eh? PARISH… the thought!
 Over the years I’ve noted occasional low entry levels at some competitions. This year’s Plattsburgh (first year) comp had 27, Salt City’s slightly over 100, Music City has been down a little from time to time. I thought my own competition in Old Forge, NY; which predictably was on the upswing, was severely down at one drop off point due, at least in part, to a Facebook snafu. Also a site problem where the entry limit was reached when it really hadn’t been clogged the filter screen on my entry “mash tun.” And then we have the inability to contact the manager at one drop off point so fermentation couldn’t even start there. All these things can happen, especially when trying to help manage a competition long distance.
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