Floyd are you my long lost horse hockey brewer?? LOL just kidding but why so bitter.
Comps are meant primarily as a learning tool to become better. Seriously dude if you like your beers and enter 1 every six months over the next 6 years and every-time the beer scores 13-20 points you really do have major flaws with your process. If you enjoy what your doing and enjoy the byproduct even though its been proven without a doubt ( just for theory approximately 50 brewers sampled your beers over the 6 years etc…) it might be time to honestly hang it up if your not willing to see the forest through the tress and upgrade your abilities some. You will be much better off buying commercial as you are brewing a product worse than a infected natty ice at this point. OK so this might be harsh seeming, but it’s the reality of the scene I described earlier and just theorized again for you.
Other than that if you feel you brew good beer and happen to enter even one comp and receive 20-40 points on that brew your process is quite sound but if you consistently score towards the lower end of this spectrum again are you too proud to take constructive criticism? And if you are then enjoy the hobby and brew at your own pace, but Ill be honest dont be that guy I described in my last post keep that shiz to yourself save some cash on entries and refrain from entering if your not going to at some point shoot for 25-50.
Sure there are judges that are poor-mediocre in their judging/ palette skills and may also put stupid stuff on sheets such as 50% of the beers they rate all have diacetyl etc… BJCP judging is not a perfect computer test of your beer, but it gets awful close when you have grade a judges rating your beer.
Sure there is subjectivity that’s why I just stated the majority of scores home brewers will receive on the sheet 20-40. Its not a be all end all boss. Its a spectrum of the hobby that tons of us actively participate in and/ or enter brews. There is nothing wrong with taking down some 1st place medals, some people are proud of these signs of achievement although another truth stands also you can have great pride without a medal or comp as your own palette will tell you if you produce grade a beers with low-no flaws. Also your own palette doesn’t lie so trust it dont be the brewer with a denial complex your just hurting yourself and the ones that love you by continually serving sub par beer that you know in your heart is off.
Sure your right also nobody needs to enter any comp. If they want to brew and have fun doing it and enjoy the product so be it. But knocking the system as a whole or making statements that try to exhibit the BJCP comps as worthless is far from the truth. Far too many other skilled home brewers would beg to differ from your standpoint and plenty of now commercial brewers started as home brewers scoring 20-30 points but they took it at face value and did their own self exploration in the hobby-cum trade and I’m sure many would freely admit that they took the constructive criticism from their score-sheet to heart and that made them better brewers overall and the comp system was indeed beneficial to them. But again this is a hobby and enjoy it at whatever rate you wish, some brew 1 extract brew every other 6 months, some brew every other week and like being a part of the brew social scene also. Some enter one comp and never do it again for whatever reason, Some enter every comp in the nation different strokes for different folks there is plenty of room for plenty of extra curricular.