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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC competition
« on: January 24, 2017, 12:02:42 PM »
Reinterating what Dennis and a few other have eluded to, we have reorganized the categories this year to better reflect the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.
Here's an easy, quick link to that category reorganization. You'll find the BJCP category/subcategory that goes under each major style category. Please reference the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for any style related questions.

good luck!

John Moorhead, NHC Director.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Mead Bottles for NHC
« on: December 12, 2016, 09:45:13 AM »
Good question:
We put those bottle requirements in place to make sure judges have an adequate amount to properly judge an entry, and so we can categorize, box and palletize all the entries in standard case boxes.
To the question of bottle size - though we wouldn't necessarily disqualify your entries if you used a 6 oz/187 ml bottle, you'd be at a serious disadvantage because of the limited amount of mead per judge, especially if there are more than 2 judges reviewing your mead.
I'd highly suggest using a 10 oz bottle for your own benefit, as well as the judges' benefit.
If you have any further questions, feel free to send me an email,

The 2017 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) will be here before we all know it!
Below is important information on the competition. We're still finalizing details about the competition and will continue to release more specifics as they become available.
  • The 2017 First Round Sites are posted on our NHC pages.
  • We will be adding two new categories this year: American Wild Ales and breaking out Double IPA and Specialty IPA into their own categories. There are now 33 categories in the competition. These will be released with the Rules & Regulations in December.
  • We will launch a new and improved micro-site for the competition in December.
  • Club updates and new club registration for the NHC is open through December 1, 2016. Please make sure to update/register your club.
  • Registration for the NHC opens January 30, 2017 and runs through February 5, 2017.
We have not released the full Rules & Regulations as they are still being finalized. Expect to see those released in December.
Have a great Thanksgiving!

John Moorhead, NHC Director

Going Pro / Top 10 Legal Mistakes Made by Start-up Breweries
« on: November 16, 2015, 11:21:08 AM »
Hey everyone, if you've ever given a moment of thought to going pro, here's a quick summary of Candice Moon's seminar back at the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference. She covers some of the concepts you should think about and review while trying to make your dream a reality.

The full seminar is available for download at the bottom of the page.

Beer Travel / Homebrew Town
« on: July 21, 2015, 01:20:38 PM » is starting a new series that explores what makes a place a great homebrew and beer destination. This can be anywhere in the world, not just the U.S. This thread is for you to throw out your ideas on what we might have missed, your ideas on why your town is an awesome homebrew town, and anything else you'd like to share.

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