2014 National Homebrew Competition FAQ


Q: I have reset my password and can no longer log into the Final Round database. Can you send me a good password?

A: Please follow these password re-set instructions.

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Q: How many bottles are needed for the final round?

A: Three (3) bottles will be required for each entry that advances to the Final Round competition in June. One bottle is used for the score sheet judging, the second bottle will be used for entries advancing to the mini-best-of-show judging to determine the category winners, and the third bottle will be used for the best-of-show beer, mead, or cider if your entry placed first in its category. You can send fewer than 3, but your entry will only progress as far as the number of bottles submitted.

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Q: When are the entries due for the Final Round?

A: Anytime between Monday, May 19th and Monday, June 2, 2014.

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Q: What is the shipping address for the Final Round?

A: Please ship Final Round entries to the following address:

  • Perrin Brewing Company
  • NHC 2014 Final Round
  • Attn: Shannon
  • 5910 Comstock Park Dr NW
  • Comstock Park, MI 49321

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Q: How do I sign up to volunteer as a judge or steward during the final round?

A: If you are an entrant in the Final Round, just log in to the competition website with your e-mail/username and password, edit your My Info & Entries page, select the judge or steward button, and choose the preferred session.

If you are not an entrant in the Final Round, click the Sign Up Here link to create a new account and then edit your information to sign up for judge or steward sessions.

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Q: When will results be posted?

A: After a First Round judging center has evaluated all entries in their competition, the results must be verified prior to posting on HomebrewersAssociation.org. Results from individual judging centers will be posted as results are verified.

Final Round results are announced during the National Homebrewers Conference and will be posted online shortly after the event.

Competition results can be found on the National Homebrew Competition Winners page.

First Round Status
Austin, TX Posted
Chicago, IL Posted
Denver, CO Posted
Kansas City, MO Posted
Nashville, TN Posted
New York City, NY Posted
Philadelphia, PA Posted
Sacramento, CA Posted
Saint Paul, MN Posted
San Diego, CA Posted
Seattle, WA Posted
Zanesville, OH Posted
  • Compiling: collecting data from the competition center to be verified
  • Verifying: scrutinizing data for accuracy
  • Finalizing: Compiling and formatting verified data
  • Posted: Results are available on the Winners page

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Q: The score sheets I received have a different number than my entry. Did I get the wrong score sheets?

A: Probably not. When the beers arrive at the shipping location the bottle labels are removed and each entry is assigned a new number called the judging number. The first digit in each judging number identifies the competition in which the entry was judged: Seattle 1; Sacramento 2; San Diego 3: Denver 4; Austin 5; Kansas City 6; Saint Paul 7; Chicago 8; Nashville 9; Zanesville 10; Philadelphia 11; and New York City 12. The rest of the number is random between 1 and 775. In any event, the judging number helps us to maintain anonymity of the entries during the judging, and this is the number you’ll see on the score sheets.

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Q: Where are the links to my certificates and my letter?

A: The links for the downloadable PDF certificates and letters will go live by April 25.  The links will be found on your Info and Entries page just above the entry table.

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Q: I belong to multiple clubs, can I list all of my clubs in my record in the NHC program?

A: Unfortunately, it is not possible to have more than one club associated with your record in the competition system. Please pick one club for your record in the competition.

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Q: How many bottles should I ship to the First Round competition?

A: Two. Please see the Part I.2 for complete NHC Rules & Regulations for all of the competition rules.

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Q: Are flip-top or 22-oz bottles acceptable?

A: No. The bottle must hold at least 10 ounces and fit in a standard 12-ounce case box. Please see the Part I.1 for the complete NHC Rules & Regulations for all of the competition rules.

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Q: Can I still edit my entries to change the beer style?

A: You can edit your entry information until the end of the shipping window, which is March 17, 2014. Be sure to print your bottle labels after your final edits are made.

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Q: I can’t find how to enter my recipe information; isn’t this required?

A: For the First Round of the competition we do not ask for the recipe information. If your entry advances to the Final Round of the competition, you will be instructed to enter your recipe and provided with instructions for how, when and where to ship your three bottles.

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Q: How can I give some of my entries to someone who didn’t get in?

A: That is a very generous offer, but unfortunately that is not logistically possible. Please see the NHC Entry Registration Lottery description for a complete explanation of how the competition registration worked this year.

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Q: I asked for too many entries during the registration, can you delete the extras and refund the entry fee?

A: Due to the high demand on the competition and the lottery system for placing entrants in each competition, the ability to add or delete entries has been removed from the program this year. Whatever number of entries you said you wanted when you applied to be in the competition (up to 4 maximum) is the number of entries you have been granted. Please see the NHC Entry Registration Lottery description for a complete explanation of how the competition registration process worked this year.

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Q: I am trying to print my bottle labels, but am experiencing issues, what should I do?

A: If you are unable to print bottle labels or they are printing out too small, it may be because you are using a older version of Internet Explorer or other browser. Try upgrading to the newest version or using a different browser such as Firefox or Chrome.

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Q: How do I ship my entries?

A: It is illegal to ship/mail entries using the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). It is not illegal to ship using a commercial shipping company. Please see Part III: Packaging and Shipping in the NHC Rules & Regulations for further information about shipping entries to competitions.

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Q: I seem to have lost the link, how do I find the competition website?

A: The competition website is BrewingcCompetition.com.

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Q: I don’t have an entry, but I want to volunteer to help with the First Round judging, where can I sign up?

A: Thanks for volunteering! Please go to the competition website (BrewingCompetition.com) and click on the Register Here link in the blue band on the page. Enter your name, e-mail, AHA member number and a user name with a password. Then select the city name for the competition for which you are volunteering. Click Save & Finish.

On the competition website, type your username and password and click the Log In button. This opens your record in the competition. Click Edit my Info and make the appropriate edits to your contact information. Next, select “Yes, I want to judge” and then select the judge sessions, fill out the preferred/not preferred information and click Submit.

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Q: I have an entry, and I want to volunteer to help with the First Round judging, where can I sign up?

A: Thanks for volunteering! Please go to the competition website (BrewingCompetition.com) and log in to your account. Click Edit my Info and select “Yes, I want to judge” or “Yes, I want to Steward.” Select the judge sessions for which you are volunteering, fill out the preferred/not preferred information and click Submit.

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Q: I’m entered in one competition, but I want to volunteer to help with the First Round judging in another judging site, where/how can I sign up?

A: Thanks for volunteering! Please go to the competition website (BrewingCompetition.com) and click on the Register Here link in the blue band on the page. Enter your name, e-mail, AHA member number and a new/different user name with a password. Be sure to make a note of the new username and password. Then select the city name for the competition for which you are volunteering. Click Save & Finish.

On the competition website, type your new username and password and click the Log In button. This opens your new record in the different competition than where you are entered. Your contact information is prepopulated in the new record, but you can also click Edit my Info to make any edits to your contact information. Next, select “Yes, I want to judge” and then select the judge sessions, fill out the preferred/not preferred information and click Submit.

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Q: I’m registered to judge in one competition, and I want to volunteer to judge at another judging site, where/how can I sign up?

A: Thanks for volunteering! Please go to the competition website (BrewingCompetition.com) and click on the Register Here link in the blue band on the page. Enter your name, e-mail, AHA member number, and a new/different user name with a password. Be sure to make a note of the new username and password. Then select the city name for the competition for which you are volunteering. Click Save & Finish.

On the competition website, type your new username and password and click the Log In button. This opens your new record in the different competition than your other registration. Your contact information is prepopulated in the new record, but you can also click Edit my Info to make any edits to your contact information. Next, select “Yes, I want to judge” and then select the judge sessions, fill out the preferred/not preferred information and click Submit.

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Q: I want to steward in the National Homebrew Competition. What can I expect?

A: If you are new to the competition circuit, download the Steward Description to get an idea of what to expect.

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Q: The entry window on the Competition Information page is March 10-17, 2014, but it says something different on the competition application.  When can I submit my entries for the competition?

A: The Entry Shipping Window is Monday, March 10 through Monday, March 17, 2014.  Please do not ship or drop-off your entries before or after this shipping window.

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