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Title: bottles for NHC
Post by: smitch09 on February 14, 2016, 07:42:25 PM
Hey all, this is my first time entering the NHC. I have a few questions about entry bottles that I could not find an answer to.

Are the stubby Sierra Nevada type bottles acceptable?

Is it okay if a bottle can be identified with a commercial brewery? For example, some breweries have custom bottles with their logo "printed" in the glass. Can I use such bottles for my entry if all labels are removed?

Thanks for your help!
Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: fmader on February 14, 2016, 08:17:37 PM
I believe the short bottles are out because they don't package well with the standard bottles. These sites could have 800 bottles coming, so they are going to be stored in cases. The short bottles don't fit well. As far as raised letters like Sam Adams bottles go. I think they're listed as "discouraged." It's been said that nobody bats an eye at them though. I personally don't take the chance.
Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 14, 2016, 08:21:36 PM
It is in here. Less than 9" in height, no more than 2.75 inch diameter. Storing bottles of different sizes causes trouble when you have 1500 bottles to store in limited space. Someone from AHA will need to clarify the raised letters.


https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/rules-and-regulations/
Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: smkranz on February 14, 2016, 11:01:03 PM
Raised letter bottles are nowhere discouraged or banned in the rules.

1. What kind of bottle is required?
Beer, mead and cider entries must be in sealed, food-safe containers that meet these criteria:
Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: tesgüino on February 28, 2016, 01:47:50 PM
Are the stubby Sierra Nevada type bottles acceptable?
I believe the short bottles are out because they don't package well with the standard bottles.
It is in here. Less than 9" in height, no more than 2.75 inch diameter. Storing bottles of different sizes causes trouble when you have 1500 bottles to store in limited space.

Packaging up my entries to ship out tomorrow and realized one of them is bottled in stubbies.

At about 8" tall and 2-1/2" diameter, it looks like stubby bottles are fine. Right?
Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: wingnut on February 28, 2016, 02:21:03 PM
I have sent in shorter bottles than the "standard"  as long as the diameter is less than 2.75... you are good.  As for Sam Adams, I have sent in entries to competitions in the early days that were Sam Adams with no issue... but cant recll if it was NHC or not. 

In the end Sam Adams is likely ok.. but I would not send in one from any other brewery that had raised letters, as their limited distribution might make them "special". 

That being said, I dont think competitin organizers are trying to exclude anyone over petty things, but keeping the size easy to put into cases, and not pushing the limits is always a good idea.

Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: tesgüino on February 28, 2016, 02:55:35 PM
One last question. Should we check the "Deliver without signature" box?
Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: udubdawg on February 28, 2016, 09:51:24 PM
I've never required a signature and see no need for one here. (And have medalled with Sam Adams bottle)

I've got 4 ready to go; trying to decide on my last entries now.

Good luck
-Michael
Title: Re: bottles for NHC
Post by: Janis on April 01, 2016, 09:42:39 PM
It is in here. Less than 9" in height, no more than 2.75 inch diameter. Storing bottles of different sizes causes trouble when you have 1500 bottles to store in limited space. Someone from AHA will need to clarify the raised letters.


https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/rules-and-regulations/
Hi guys,

Raised lettering was only an issue back when bottles of that type were only locally or regionally available.  Once they became available across the USA, it is no longer an identifying mark on the bottle.  That is, anyone can use New Belgium bottles, because anyone can buy/get those bottles.  If you read the rules & regs for the NHC, it actually says something about this.

Cheers,
Janis