Getting started with homebrew competitions

My name is Jamie, and I recently took on the Competitions Director role for True Grist. I am a BJCP certified judge and competitive homebrewer who has had some success, and I spend a lot of time around homebrewers who often ask for advice on getting started in competitions. I thought I would start by expanding on an answer I gave on a recent forum post, so some of this may sound familiar. The following is a general outline of how I approach homebrew competitions, as well as a few insights I have gained through my experience in judging competitions. Much of it can also be filed under “how to make better beer” in general, so hopefully it will be useful to all homebrewers, not just those who are interested in entering competitions.

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