The way it was set up this year was during the application phase for entrants to submit how many entries up to 6 they wanted to enter. In the interest of getting a true count of the desired entries, we said that if you asked for 6 you would be held responsible to pay for 6 entries or the maximum entry limit to be determined. This was done in the interest of fairness. Those who applied but did not pay their entry fees (didn't follow through after the application phase), are the ones who have risked being banned in the 2015 competition.
If you asked for 4 you had to pay for 4. If you asked for 4 and only have 2 beers bottled, you still had to pay for 4, but you could just send 2 or, if you wanted you could choose to not send any. Sadly, it appears more than a few people took this route.