Calling all homebrewers: the Australian National Homebrewing Conference Homebrew Competition is now open and accepting entries. The comp, which only runs once every two years, is considered one of the toughest to win – and the prize is worth all the effort.

The winner will receive a nifty prize package, which includes having your beer featured on the ANHC blog, funding to rebrew the beer – which will then be featured during a breakout session at the conference. On top of that, the winner will score tickets to both sessions of the conference itself, as well as the club night.

The focus of the competition is what organisers refer to as “the fifth ingredient” – the four core ingredients, obviously, being water, malt, hops and yeast.

The ‘fine print’ for the competition states:

“Base the beer in a BJCP style. We need a baseline from which to judge your beer. Beers will be judged as specialties, and with a weighting towards the impact of the magic fifth ingredient, rather than the BJCP guidelines.

Be prepared to tell a story about the beer – what does this special ingredient mean to you? Why is this beer the next level for homebrewing? How much does your better half love beer since you added *insert outlandish ingredient here*?

Your entries must be received in Canberra by midday, Saturday June 14, 2014. If you’re posting from interstate, this means it needs to arrive by Friday June 13. “

ANHC 2014 will be held in Canberra 17 – 18 October 2014. For more details on the competition, or the conference, head along to the ANHC website.

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